Amazon Web Services Introduces New Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) based on SSDs

Jul 19 2012, 9:31am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Amazon Web Services Introduces New Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) based on SSDs

Netflix is already using EC2.

Amazon Web Services LLC an today announced High I/O instances, a new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance targeted towards applications requiring low latency access to high-speed storage.

These new instances are backed by solid-state disks (SSDs) and are capable of delivering in excess of 120,000 read input and output operations (IOPS) and over 80,000 write IOPS, making them ideally suited for transaction processing, time series analysis, and mobile and streaming applications that require low latency access to storage systems that can deliver tens of thousands of IOPS.

With this new instance type, customers can run demanding data-driven applications on Amazon EC2 without making expensive up-front capital investments. To get started with Amazon EC2.

"With the launch of High I/O instances, customers can take advantage of SSD-based instances to run their most demanding applications on AWS, whether it's running databases that support high-transaction enterprise applications or powering massively popular social, mobile or gaming apps for consumers," said Peter De Santis, Vice President of Amazon EC2. "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."

Netflix is a major provider of streaming movies and TV shows and runs a major portion of their infrastructure on AWS. Adrian Cockcroft, Director, Architecture at Netflix said, "Netflix is using Cassandra as a key infrastructure component of its globally distributed streaming product. We currently run a high performance Cassandra infrastructure on Amazon EC2 using high memory instances. The ability to leverage SSD-backed instances which provide tens of thousands of IOPS will significantly increase the performance of our Cassandra clusters and overall service capability." 

As long as the Amazon Web Services don't fail all is good. Several high profile sites like reddit rely on AWS. An outage of the web services cloud just takes them offline. Where is the backup web service cloud provider?

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