AWS takes wraps off new High Memory Cluster instances

News Jane McCallion Jan 22, 2013
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Latest EC2 instance family offers increased compute power for memory-intensive applications

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a new High Memory Cluster family for its Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) offering.

The instance is designed to carry out memory-intensive applications, including databases, caching, in-memory analytics, scientific computing and databases.

They are based on two Intel Xeon E5-2670 processors, providing 88 EC2 Compute Units of compute capacity, two 120GB solid state drives of instance storage and 244GiB of RAM

AWS claims High Memory Cluster instances are the most cost-effective EC2 version for distributed memory-intensive applications and provide a lower per-gibibyte cost of memory than all other instances.

Peter DeSantis, vice president of compute services at AWS, said: “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 performance.

“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,” De Santis concluded.

Sapan Panigrahi, vice president of HANA cloud at software giant SAP, said: “The new High Memory Cluster instances provide sizeable CPU cores and storage to run even larger workloads on SAP HANA in the AWS cloud.

“We look forward to enabling these instances to help our customers run real-time applications in the cloud,” Panigrahi added.

High Memory Cluster instances are being rolled out in the US East (N. Virginia) region first, with other areas to follow in the coming months.