Two people looking at tablet discussing instance selection in a server roomOne item you must carefully choose when designing a cloud environment is the instance type for your virtual machines (VMs). You may ask yourself, “What benefits do certain instance types present to my environment?” Many benefits are essential to consider before beginning your cloud journey. Below are three benefits of instance types we have identified that are worth evaluating.

Three benefits of instance types for cloud environments

1. Instance types that best fit your organization’s needs

Sirius partners such as Intel and cloud providers such as Microsoft and AWS work together to provide a variety of instance types to best match your needs. Intel has choices optimized for specific workloads such as VMware Cloud, analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and instances that cover a broad range of performance and cost requirements.

2. Instance types that improve workload performance

Many of the instances mentioned above utilize hardware accelerators that improve the performance of workloads. Examples of these include AVX512, DL Boost, and Crypto Acceleration. New instance types that benefit from newer hardware and performance improvements are also available. These performance improvements typically provide a better balance of price to performance; for example, Intel instances on public cloud providers such as Azure and AWS are known for enabling better efficiency, greater longevity, and satisfied users of your workloads.

3. Instance types that save your business money

Companies will often choose an instance during the initial workload deployment, and never revaluate it as time progresses. Re-evaluating your instance configurations is crucial to ensure that you’re using the best instance for your workload. The financial and/or performance cost that your company experiences could be significant if you are not using the correct instance.

The traditional way to compare performance and cost across instances

A straightforward way the IT industry has traditionally compared performance and cost across different CPUs or instances is by relying on just one or two benchmarks such as SPECint (SPECrate 2017 Integer). In cloud computing, this information is used to select instances for a workload deployment that meets specific price and performance requirements. Unfortunately, this approach does not consider the unique ways each workload stresses computing resources.

A deep dive into instance performance and cost comparison, and application with Sirius and Intel

Together, Sirius and Intel can provide businesses with a more thorough approach for comparing instance performance and cost, and the application process. For example, Intel conducts extensive performance testing on cloud instances using a wide range of benchmarks representative of real-world workloads. The extensive testing allows you to utilize the results to make more informed decisions about instance selection and configuration for your business, providing optimal performance and value. With the support of our trusted and experienced IT professionals, Sirius can help you apply these workload-based benchmarking results to select the right instances for your workloads.

For existing cloud workloads, there are options like the Intel Cloud Optimizer by Densify that allows you to optimize cloud resources. It is a rapidly deployed SaaS-based analytics solution that performs a deep analysis of workload characteristics and cloud provider capabilities to continuously match cloud applications and services to the right cloud infrastructure.

Some examples of Azure instances powered by Intel Xeon Processors are listed below. To view details on Intel instances available on AWS, click here.

Target workloads Azure VM instance type Intel processor(s)
Dev/test, low-traffic web servers, code repositories, and others Entry-level A-series See Av2-series VM documentation
Applications not requiring continuous full CPU performance Burstable B-series See B-series burstable VM documentation
E-commerce systems, desktop virtualization, CRM, application servers, and others General-purpose D-series See general-purpose D-series VM documentation
Blockchain secure enclaves Confidential computing DC-series See DCsv3 VM documentation
Memory-intensive enterprise apps, SAP HANA workloads, large relational databases Memory-optimized E- and M-series See E- and M-series VM documentation
Compute-intensive workloads, EDA, network appliances, batch processes, and others Compute-optimized F-series See F-series VM documentation
High-performance computing Big Compute H-series Xeon E5-2667 v3

Let Sirius help you avoid inefficient instances and ensure that your workloads remain reliable

Proper planning for instance type selection is the first step to ensuring that your workloads remain reliable, but you don’t have to do it alone. With Sirius, you can align your compute needs with cost- and performance-optimized instance selection with the support of partners like Intel.

If you’re ready to avoid inefficient instances to ensure that your business’ workloads remain reliable, start with an initial assessment of your workload to help determine which instances are optimal for your specific applications. If you need assistance with this process, contact a Sirius representative and let us help you optimize your workloads.