Amazon rolls out new I/O EC2 instance, cuts prices elsewhere

Summary:Powered by Intel Xeon E5-2670 v2 processors, Amazon suggested that these particular instances are ideal for applications running on high-performance NoSQL databases and transactional systems.

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Amazon continues to roll out its new cloud goodies and upgrades unveiled back in November at re:Invent in Las Vegas.

Following the general availability launch of the Kinesis big data platform , the Seattle corporation is trotting out a new instance for its Elastic Compute Cloud, EC2.

Dubbed I2 instances, the technology is touted to be far more powerful, promised to be capable of delivering more than 365,000 random read input/output operations per second (IOPS) as well as more than 315,000 random write IOPS across eight 800GB solid state disk instance storage volumes.

Powered by Intel Xeon E5-2670 v2 processors, Amazon suggested that these particular instances are ideal for applications running on high-performance NoSQL databases and transactional systems.

The I2 instances can be launched now from the the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS SDKs, and third-party libraries.

Available in four instance sizes (4, 8, 16, or 32 virtual CPUs) and either as reserved or on-demand, Amazon is first rolling out the I2 instances to customers powering their clouds from Amazon's US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions.

And that's not all. Much like how it is running things over on the online retail side ahead of the holiday season, Amazon is slashing some prices elsewhere.

Amazon is reducing prices on both the on-demand and reserved instance fees for the first generation of the aforementioned product, the HI1.

The price reduction is actually backdated to December 1. But the deal is only available in select regions.

On-demand and reserved HI1 for Linux and Windows instances have been cut by 10 percent in the EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions.

Customers elsewhere, such as the US East and West as well as these two regions, can also now bid for HI1 instances on the Spot market.

Topics: Cloud, Amazon, Data Management, Enterprise 2.0, Web development

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