Just as Google launches new SSDs, Amazon unveils its rival product

Amazon announces new general-purpose SSD-backed volume store for its Elastic Block Store virtual storage system in effort to spoil Google's day.

Timing, as they say, is everything and Amazon's is once again excellent as the company launched its General Purpose solid state drive (SSD) on the day that Google came up with its own .

Amazon announced the availability of the new SSD-backed volume type for its Elastic Block Store (EBS) which, according to the company, is designed for five nines (99.999 percent) availability. The General Purpose (SSD) can be used for personal productivity, in small to medium-sized databases, in test and development environments and as boot volumes, the company said.

According to Amazon the drives have the ability to burst to 3,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) per volume, "independent of volume size, to meet the performance needs of most applications and also deliver a consistent baseline of three IOPS per gigabyte".

Also, according to Amazon, customers will only pay for the storage they provision, with "no additional charges for I/O" and prices that will start at $0.10/GB.

This addition to the Amazon line means that customers can now choose between three different Amazon EBS volume types according to the workload: General Purpose (SSD), Provisioned IOPS (SSD), and Magnetic volumes.

The company said it was aiming the new volumes at I/O-intensive applications such as large relational databases and said customers should choose which system to go by considering consider the amount of IOPS they require, "up to 48,000 IOPS per Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance".

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