Amazon Web Services Adds New EC2 Instances, Doubles IOPS for EBS Storage Volumes

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

AWS added a second generation of instances to Ec2, and doubled IOPS to its Elastic Block Store volumes this week

Amazon Web Services added a second generation of instances to Ec2, and doubled IOPS for its Elastic Block Store volumes this week, in response to two separate blog posts by AWS.

Amazon launched EBS Provisioned IOPS in August to assist customers deliver high performance for I/O intensive workloads like database storage or transaction processing. At its launch, AWS offered as much as 1,000 IOPS per Provisioned IOPS volume, and now has made good on its promise that it’d provide higher levels soon.

As of Thursday, Amazon doubled its limit, enabling users to provision as much as 2,000 IOPS per EBS volume. In line with AWS, here is an order of magnitude more IOPS than you could expect from a high-end 15,000 RPM disk drive.

One AWS customer, Parse, claims Amazon’s Provisioned IOPS helped improve its MongoDB query speed by greater than 60 percent and reduced latency spikes to its clusters.

On Wednesday, AWS added a second generation to the ordinary family of EC2 instances. Though they’ve got a similar CPU to memory ratio because the existing standard instances, Amazon claims they provide as much as 50 percent higher absolute CPU performance.

The new generation of instances is optimized for applications together with media encoding, batch processing, caching and web serving.

The Extra Large Instance has 15 GB of memory and 13 EC2 Compute Units across four virtual cores, while The Double Extra Large Instance has 30 GB of memory and 26 ECU across eight virtual cores. While only supported inside the US East region (the identical data center hit by an  outage a number of weeks ago) for now, AWS says it’ll add more regions in 2013.

Extending service capabilities and improving performance might help Amazon keep previous to competitors, which might be closing in at the cloud services provider at a quick pace. Most recently, web host DreamHost launched its cloud hosting service DreamCompute, in keeping with OpenStack, with instances that may scale from 1Gb to 64GB of RAM, and are quick to provision. The general public cloud service also works seamlessly with its DreamObjects cloud storage solution.

At the top of the month, Amazon will host its inaugural customer and partner event Re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas. In step with GigaOM, Amazon is ready to launch much more services at its conference, even though it is unclear specifically what they’ll entail.

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