AWS adds EC2 instance for in-memory analytics

Amazon Web Services has launched a high memory cluster instance designed to be suited to memory intensive analytics.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced a new service for its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) suited to memory intensive analytics.

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The service allows EC2 customers to buy time on high-memory cluster instances designed with in-memory analytics, caching, and scientific computing in mind.

Each instance is based on two Intel Xeon E5-2670 processors, two 120GB solid state drives, high bandwidth networking, and 244GiB of RAM.

AWS offers 10 EC2 instance families designed to target differing workloads, and Amazon has said that the high memory cluster instance provides a lower cost per GiB of memory than other instances. Prices are $3.500 per hour for Linux/UNIX, and $3.831 per hour for Windows usage.

"Memory-intensive workloads such as real-time applications used by healthcare providers, social networking companies, and advertising technology providers require large amounts of memory to maintain high-performance," said Peter DeSantis, VP of compute services for AWS, in a statement.

"We designed the high-memory cluster instances specifically for these workloads, and this is the third instance family, along with high storage instances and high I/O instances, launched in the past six months designed specifically for high-performance applications."

SAP has certified Amazon hardware to run its in-memory analytics engine HANA, and the high-memory cluster instances will allow larger workloads to be run on SAP HANA in the AWS cloud.

Customers can launch Linux and Windows High Memory Cluster instances using the AWS Management Console, the AWS and Amazon EC2 Command Line Interfaces, AWS SDKs, and third-party libraries.

High-memory cluster instances are currently available in the US East region (North Virginia), and will be made available in other AWS regions in the coming months.