AMD Unveils Epyc Confidential Computing on Google Cloud

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Advanced micro-devices revealed confidential virtual machines on Google Cloud powered by AMD Epyc processors.

The VMs reside on the existing N2D and C2D VMs on Google Cloud. These VMs extend the AMD Epyc processor portfolio of confidential computing on Google Cloud with the performance of 3rd generation Epyc processors in
computer-optimized VMs.

A key component of Confidential Computing provided by AMD Epyc processors is AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV), part of AMD Infinity Guard. This advanced hardware-based security feature encrypts the entire system and individual virtual machine memory and isolates the VM memory from the hypervisor without drastically impacting performance.

“AMD has partnered with Google Cloud and Google’s security experts to give customers access to advanced security technology while still delivering high performance across their workloads,” Lynn Comp, corporate vice president of the cloud business unit at AMD, said in a statement. “With AMD 3rd-generation Epyc processors powering Google Cloud’s new confidential computing offerings, customers can continue to enjoy the general purpose and
compute-optimized workload capabilities they had from Google Cloud while feeling confident in the security of their data.”

With the expansion of confidential computing in N2D and C2D VMs, Google Cloud customers now have access to advanced hardware-enabled security features powered by AMD Epyc processors that help protect sensitive, diverse workloads.

“By providing our customers with advanced security technology from 3rd Gen AMD Epyc processors, we not only deliver more performance, but also optimize confidential computing for more types of workloads,” said Nelly Porter, group product manager at Google Cloud, in a statement. “At Google Cloud, we believe that continuing to invest in emerging technologies such as confidential computing with partners like AMD will help us address our customers’ most pressing privacy concerns.”

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