Amazon Web Services adds new EC2 instances for data-heavy apps

Amazon Web Services is aiming to support more data-heavy applications and workloads with the launch of its new EC2 product.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

Amazon Web Services is expanding its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) with the addition of new high storage instances.

The primary goal for this new family of solutions is to better serve and provide quicker access to data-heavy applications. Some examples of these applications include Hadoop workloads and parallel file systems for analyzing large data sets.

Peter De Santis, vice president of Amazon EC2, added in prepared remarks that these instances will also be used to power Amazon Redshift, a new petabyte scale data warehousing service.

AWS customers that sign up for these new instances will get the following:

  • 35 EC2 Compute Units (ECUs) of compute capacity
  • 117 GiB of RAM
  • 48TB of storage across 24 hard disk drives

All in all, AWS asserted in the product announcement that these instances "are capable of delivering more than 2.4 GB per second of sequential I/O performance."

Available now in Amazon's U.S. East (Northern Virginia) cloud region, customers can subscribe to the High Storage instances as either on-demand or reserved instances.

After that, the instances can be launched through a number of options, including the AWS Management Console, SDKSs, third-party libraries and, of course, the Amazon EC2 and Amazon Elastic MapReduce Command Line Interface.

Amazon promised that these instances will be launched across other AWS Regions in the coming months.

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