Google Cloud has launched its first Arm-based virtual machines, joining Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services in offering the instruction set architecture family on its cloud service.

The Tau T2A VMs use Ampere Altra Arm-based processors, which are also used by Microsoft Azure, Tencent, Equinix Metal, and Oracle.

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– Ampere

Ampere claims that its Altra Cloud Native Processors on Google outperform current generation x86 VMs by up to 31 percent and lead on price-performance by up to 65 percent using on-demand pricing guidance, due to lower power usage (it did not include memory and storage costs, which are the same on both).

The Google Cloud Tau Ampere Altra-based T2A VMs are currently in preview in several Google Cloud regions - us-central (Iowa - Zone A,B,F), europe-west4 (Netherlands - Zone A,B,C) and asia-southeast1 (Singapore - Zone B,C) and will be generally available in the coming months. They are available in various configurations with up to 48 vCPUs.

“T2A VMs deliver exceptional single-threaded performance at a compelling price, making them ideal for scale-out, cloud-native workloads,” Google Cloud product managers Subra Chandramouli and Jamie Kinney said in a blog post.

“Developers now have the option of choosing the optimal architecture to test, develop and run their workloads.”

Google also launched a new fully managed service, Batch, which automatically manages job queues, provisions and autoscales resources, runs jobs, executes subtasks, and deals with common errors.

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