AMD has unveiled a line of Opteron chips designed for use with Microsoft's recently-launched Windows Server 2012 platform.
The company said that its Opteron 4200 and 6200 server chips would be optimised to run the new version of Windows server, operating with greater power and efficiency.
By optimising the hardware and software to run together, both AMD and Microsoft hope to speed up performance of the just-released server platform.
"AMD Opteron 4200 and 6200 Series processors are ready to deliver the advantages of Windows Server 2012," said AMD corporate vice president and general manager for servers Suresh Gopalakrishnan.
"Our next-generation 'Piledriver'-based core takes further advantage of the advances in Windows Server 2012 to addresses customers’ growing needs around virtualisation, cloud computing, and managing increasingly large sets of data."
AMD's announcement comes on the heels of news from Redmond that Windows Server 2012 had been released to general availability.
Touted by Microsoft as a 'cloud OS,' the Server 2012 platform has been optimised for virtualisation and cloud computing applications. The company estimates that the AMD servers running the platform will be able to scale to as high as 4,000 virtual machines and 1TB of memory per cluster.
"Windows Server 2012 was built from the cloud up; it delivers a transformational leap in speed, power, and scale," said Microsoft server and tools general manager of product marketing Mike Schutz.
"Customers want dependable, scalable hardware platforms, such as AMD Opteron processors, that provide consistent performance as workloads increase and decrease."
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