AMD EPYC Processors with Nutanix Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Deliver Leading Virtualization Performance and Security Features

AMD | October 17, 2020

AMD EPYC Processors with Nutanix Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Deliver Leading Virtualization Performance and Security Features
AMD today announced the continued expansion of the AMD EPYC™ processor ecosystem for virtualized environments and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) with Lenovo announcing the ThinkAgile HX, the latest solution based on AMD EPYC processors and Nutanix’s hybrid cloud infrastructure solution. This new solution expands the ecosystem of AMD EPYC based cloud and virtualized solutions. As customers want more value for their data center budget, IT departments are moving to HCI to modernize and transform their enterprise data center. This creates a high performing and efficient data center that is easier to manage for the quick-changing needs of businesses. By choosing AMD EPYC processors and Nutanix hybrid and multicloud solutions, customers can accelerate workloads like digital workspaces including VDI with fantastic performance, advanced security features, and broad ecosystem support from major ISVs and OEM partners.

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OpenSynergy | September 08, 2021

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HiveIO | September 10, 2020

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NordVPN | January 14, 2022

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