Amazon Web Services may be moving into new areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and augmented reality, but CTO Werner Vogels put it simply: "Compute still matters."
Vogels, speaking at the AWS Summit in New York, outlined the Z1d instance, which is a system that aims to be the "fastest in the public cloud."
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The Z1d instance is designed for design automation as well as database workloads that have high licensing costs due to per-core pricing. The Z1d instance--basically a high-performance computer--will be available in coming weeks.
In addition, AWS outlined R5/R5d instances designed to provide better price-per-gigabyte performance for in-memory caches, database and big data.
Here's the breakdown.