Amazon Web Services launches R3 instances

Summary:It's been a busy time for the cloud giant, which is finding itself fighting off competitors increasingly these days.

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Amazon Web Services announced the availability of R3 instances, the next generation of the tech giant's cornerstone Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) memory-optimized instances.

Available in five sizes, these cloud building blocks are powered by Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge E5-2670 v2 processors with solid state drive-backed storage, among other enhanced networking features.

Thus, the R3 instances are recommended for applications with high-memory and performance requirements.

Some of the well-known AWS customers already signed on with the R3 instances include Netflix and MongoDB.

It's been a busy time for the cloud giant, which is finding itself fighting off competitors increasingly these days.

Amid similar moves by Google and Microsoft , AWS boasted in March that it would be slashing prices once again while also touting that it met the Department of Defense's security requirements across all regions in the United States.

But AWS customers should also be extra mindful these days as the Seattle-based corporation admitted that it too, like many other online services , was affected by the far-reaching and dangerous Heartbleed OpenSSL flaw.

Chart via the Amazon Web Services blog

Topics: Cloud, Amazon, Data Centers, Data Management, Enterprise 2.0

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