Amazon EC2

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Now Available – Five New Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances: M5, M5d, R5, R5d, and z1d

Today we are launching the five new EC2 bare metal instances that I promised you a few months ago. Your operating system runs on the underlying hardware and has direct access to the processor and other hardware. The instances are powered by AWS-custom Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor (Skylake) processors that deliver sustained all-core Turbo performance. […]

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Podcast #289: A Look at Amazon FSx For Windows File Server

In this episode, Simon speaks with Andrew Crudge (Senior Product Manager, FSx) about this newly released service, capabilities available to customers and how to make the best use of it in your environment. Additional Resources FSx for Windows File Server FSx Getting Started FSx Features FSx Pricing FSx FAQs FSx for Windows Tech Talk FSx […]

Comments Off on Western Digital HDD Simulation at Cloud Scale – 2.5 Million HPC Tasks, 40K EC2 Spot Instances

Western Digital HDD Simulation at Cloud Scale – 2.5 Million HPC Tasks, 40K EC2 Spot Instances

Earlier this month my colleague Bala Thekkedath published a story about Extreme Scale HPC and talked about how AWS customer Western Digital built a cloud-scale HPC cluster on AWS and used it to simulate crucial elements of upcoming head designs for their next-generation hard disk drives (HDD). The simulation described in the story encompassed a […]

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New – Hibernate Your EC2 Instances

As you know, you can easily build highly scalable AWS applications that launch fresh EC2 instances on an as-needed basis. While the instances can be up and running in a matter of seconds, booting the operating system and the application can take considerable time. Also, caches and other memory-centric application components can take some time […]

Comments Off on New – Predictive Scaling for EC2, Powered by Machine Learning

New – Predictive Scaling for EC2, Powered by Machine Learning

When I look back on the history of AWS and think about the launches that truly signify the fundamentally dynamic, on-demand nature of the cloud, two stand out in my memory: the launch of Amazon EC2 in 2006 and the concurrent launch of CloudWatch Metrics, Auto Scaling, and Elastic Load Balancing in 2009. The first […]

Comments Off on New – EC2 Auto Scaling Groups With Multiple Instance Types & Purchase Options

New – EC2 Auto Scaling Groups With Multiple Instance Types & Purchase Options

Earlier this year I told you about EC2 Fleet, an AWS building block that makes it easy for you to create fleets that are built from a combination of EC2 On-Demand, Reserved, and Spot Instances that span multiple EC2 instance types. In that post I showed you how to create a fleet and walked through […]

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New Lower-Cost, AMD-Powered M5a and R5a EC2 Instances

From the start, AWS has focused on choice and economy. Driven by a never-ending torrent of customer requests that power our well-known Virtuous Cycle, I think we have delivered on both over the years: Choice – AWS gives you choices in a wide range of dimensions including locations (18 operational geographic regions, 4 more in […]

Comments Off on Check it Out – New AWS Pricing Calculator for EC2 and EBS

Check it Out – New AWS Pricing Calculator for EC2 and EBS

The blog post that we published over a decade ago to launch the Simple Monthly Calculator still shows up on our internal top-10 lists from time to time! Since that post was published, we have extended, redesigned, and even rebuilt the calculator a time or two. New Calculator Starting with a blank screen, an empty […]

Comments Off on Now Available – Amazon EC2 High Memory Instances with 6, 9, and 12 TB of Memory, Perfect for SAP HANA

Now Available – Amazon EC2 High Memory Instances with 6, 9, and 12 TB of Memory, Perfect for SAP HANA

The Altair 8800 computer that I built in 1977 had just 4 kilobytes of memory. Today I was able to use an EC2 instance with 12 terabytes (12 tebibytes to be exact) of memory, almost 4 billion times as much! The new Amazon EC2 High Memory Instances let you take advantage of other AWS services […]

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New – AWS Systems Manager Session Manager for Shell Access to EC2 Instances

It is a very interesting time to be a corporate IT administrator. On the one hand, developers are talking about (and implementing) an idyllic future where infrastructure as code, and treating servers and other resources as cattle. On the other hand, legacy systems still must be treated as pets, set up and maintained by hand […]

Comments Off on New T3 Instances – Burstable, Cost-Effective Performance

New T3 Instances – Burstable, Cost-Effective Performance

We launched the t1.micro instance type in 2010, and followed up with the first of the T2 instances (micro, small, and medium) in 2014, more sizes in 2015 (nano) and 2016 (xlarge and 2xlarge), and unlimited bursting last year. Today we are launching T3 instances in twelve regions. These general-purpose instances are even more cost-effective […]

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New – Provisioned Throughput for Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)

lets you create petabyte-scale file systems that can be accessed in massively parallel fashion from hundreds or thousands of servers and on-premises resources, scaling on demand without disrupting applications. Behind the scenes, storage is distributed across multiple Availability Zones and redundant storage servers in order to provide you with file systems that are scalable, durable, […]

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Now Available: R5, R5d, and z1d Instances

Just last week I told you about our plans to launch EC2 Instances with Faster Processors and More Memory. Today I am happy to report that the R5, R5d, and z1d instances are available now and you can start using them today. Let’s take a look at each one! R5 Instances The memory-optimized R5 instances […]

Comments Off on Amazon EC2 Instance Update – Faster Processors and More Memory

Amazon EC2 Instance Update – Faster Processors and More Memory

Last month I told you about the Nitro system and explained how it will allow us to broaden the selection of EC2 instances and to pick up the pace as we do so, with an ever-broadening selection of compute, storage, memory, and networking options. This will allow us to give you access to the latest […]

Comments Off on New – EC2 Compute Instances for AWS Snowball Edge

New – EC2 Compute Instances for AWS Snowball Edge

I love factories and never miss an opportunity to take a tour. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to watch as raw materials and sub-assemblies are turned into cars, locomotives, memory chips, articulated buses, and more. I’m always impressed by the speed, precision, repeat-ability, and the desire to automate every possible step. On […]

Comments Off on New – Lifecycle Management for Amazon EBS Snapshots

New – Lifecycle Management for Amazon EBS Snapshots

It is always interesting to zoom in on the history of a single AWS service or feature and watch how it has evolved over time in response to customer feedback. For example, Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) launched a decade ago and has been gaining more features and functionality every since. Here are a few […]

Comments Off on Amazon EC2 Update – Additional Instance Types, Nitro System, and CPU Options

Amazon EC2 Update – Additional Instance Types, Nitro System, and CPU Options

I have a backlog of EC2 updates to share with you. We’ve been releasing new features and instance types at a rapid clip and it is time to catch up. Here’s a quick peek at where we are and where we are going… Additional Instance Types Here’s a quick recap of the most recent EC2 […]