Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors Prove to be Optimal Choice for Virtualisation

September 11, 2008 // 4 p.m.

— Dell M905 PowerEdge blade server achieves record number of Virtual Machines (VM) in VMmark performance testing —

UK — 11th September 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors now power 37 platforms from global OEMs, nine of which are designed with virtualisation in mind. With Dell’s latest M905 PowerEdge blade server introduced today, AMD and Dell can claim the only 16-core x86 server to support 11 tiles or 66 Virtual Machines (VM) in VMmark performance testing[3]. The new server is now available along with the Dell PowerEdge M805 blade. Both servers are uniquely designed to leverage AMD-Virtualisation™ (AMD-V™) technology for enhanced virtualisation performance to help businesses maximise valuable datacentre real estate.

“Virtualisation technology is an essential solution for businesses seeking to create efficient and easy to manage data centers,” said Patrick Patla, general manager, Server and Workstation Business, AMD. “Our processor technology combined with these new Dell PowerEdge servers offer a solution that can help speed mainstream virtualisation adoption in the industry. We are excited that more customers now have greater choice in virtualisation platforms and are able to take advantage of the performance leadership delivered by AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture.”

AMD’s unique Direct Connect Architecture helps enable the efficient memory and I/O capabilities that memory-intensive virtualisation servers require, while alleviating the bottleneck of traditional front-side bus architectures. Combined with AMD’s Rapid Virtualisation Indexing, which can significantly improve virtualisation performance through more efficient virtual machine memory management, the new PowerEdge servers create an optimal virtualisation platform tailored for performance and reliability. The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processor-based Dell PowerEdge line of servers can support VMware ESXi 3.5, Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer Dell Express Edition integrated hypervisors. For more information on AMD virtualisation, please visit www.amd.com/virtualization.

“Dell is offering customers a smarter path to virtualisation with its new blades and across its entire portfolio of enterprise products and services,” said Sally Stevens, Director of Server Product Marketing, Dell. “Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors with AMD-V technology have been instrumental in achieving this level of virtualisation performance, especially in memory-intensive applications.”

For more information on AMD benchmark performance results, please visit www.amd.com/opteronperformance. For more details on the largest lineup ever of Dell servers based on AMD processors, please visit www.amd.com/dell.

About AMD

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing and graphics markets. AMD is dedicated to driving open innovation, choice and industry growth by delivering superior customer-centric solutions that empower consumers and businesses worldwide. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

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