Amazon has added new high performance instances for demanding applications to its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) web services, backed by solid state disks (SSDs) for low latency storage access.
Available initially from Amazon's Eastern US and Western Europe datacentres, the new High-I/O virtual machine instances are aimed at customers operating applications and services that call for low latency access to high-speed storage.
With the ability to support over 120,000 read and 80,000 write I/O operations per second, the new instances are ideally suited to applications involving transaction processing, time series analysis and streaming.
That will allow customers to run demanding data-driven applications without the need for costly up-front capital investments, Amazon said.
"These new instances are a more efficient and cost effective way to run high I/O applications and another example of our roadmap being shaped by our customers, as this has been a top request from customers over the last few months," said Amazon EC2 vice president Peter De Santis.
As with other EC2 virtual machine instances, customers can launch them using a variety of connections into EC2, including the AWS console, Amazon EC2 command line interface, and third party API libraries.
The High I/O instances are initially available as Quadruple Extra Large configuration, comprising eight virtual cores with 60.5 GB of memory and two SSD-based volumes each with 1TB storage. Prices start at $3.10 per hour.
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