The EPYC 7003 "Milan" platform, boasting up to 64 CPU cores, 8 channels of DDR4 memory, and PCIe 4.0 connectivity, has been a robust offering for AMD. However, with the advent of AMD’s numerous Zen 4-based EPYC 9004/8004 server platforms like Genoa, Bergamo, and Siena, Milan is no longer the front-runner. Instead, AMD is strategically extending its lifecycle to serve as a reliable and cost-effective option for customers not ready to transition to the latest technology.
Targeting the Trailing-Edge Server Market
AMD's extension aims to appeal to cost-conscious customers, especially those looking to upgrade from older systems but hesitant to adopt the latest generation platforms. This move positions Milan as a competitive choice against Intel's Xeon Scalable offerings, particularly for those who require continuity and support for existing infrastructure.
The New Milan SKUs: Catering to Budget-Conscious Customers
AMD is introducing six new SKUs to the Milan lineup, emphasizing its role as a budget platform. These include the 56-core 7663P and 48-core 7643P, which are single-processor versions of existing Milan chips offered at a lower price point. Additionally, AMD has introduced the 7303 and 7203 parts, providing ultra-budget server chips with just 16 and 8 cores, respectively. The 7203/7203P, in particular, are positioned as entry-level options by server standards, featuring just 8 CPU cores and 64MB of L3 cache.
Milan's Competitive Edge and I/O Capabilities
While Milan may not offer the performance or features of AMD and Intel's contemporary platforms, its extended availability ensures that customers invested in the platform can continue to repair or expand their systems. Furthermore, all the new chips maintain the full I/O and memory channel support provided by the Milan/SP3 platform, allowing AMD to present them as viable alternatives to the more limited EPYC 8004 Siena platform.
Conclusion: Milan's Renewed Role in AMD's Server Strategy
With the extension of the EPYC 7003 "Milan" family and the introduction of new SKUs, AMD reaffirms its commitment to providing a diverse range of server solutions. Milan's extended lifecycle until 2026 and its repositioning as a budget platform reflect AMD's strategy to cater to a wider range of server customers, from those seeking the latest technology to those requiring a proven, cost-effective solution. As the server market continues to evolve, Milan will play a crucial role in meeting the varied needs of AMD's customers.