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AWS announces New EC2 Graviton2 Instances

by Adam Armstrong

AWS announced that it has expanded its fairly new AWS Graviton2 Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance type. The original EC2 Graviton2 instances, M6g along with the later added C6g and R6g are all based on the AWS Graviton2 processors. Today they have added the M6gd, C6gd, and R6gd instance types that have locally attached NVMe SSD storage.

AWS announced that it has expanded its fairly new AWS Graviton2 Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance type. The original EC2 Graviton2 instances, M6g along with the later added C6g and R6g are all based on the AWS Graviton2 processors. Today they have added the M6gd, C6gd, and R6gd instance types that have locally attached NVMe SSD storage.

EC2 Graviton2

The entire EC2 Graviton2 family is powered by AWS Graviton2 processors. These processors use a 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores with the aim of delivering the best price performance for cloud workloads running in Amazon EC2. The names reference their uses: M6g is for general purpose, C6g is for compute optimized, and R6g is for memory optimized. The M family is aimed at broad array of general-purpose workloads such as application servers, gaming servers, midsize databases, caching fleets, web tier, and so on. The C family focuses on HPC, batch processing, ad serving, video encoding, gaming, scientific modeling, distributed analytics, and CPU-based machine learning inference. And the R family is designed for open-source databases, in-memory caches, or real-time big data analysis.

The announcement this week focuses on adding NVMe storage to the above as well as adding a “d” to their names: M6gd, C6gd, and R6gd. The new instances will have up to two 1.9TB SSDs locally attached.  According to Amazon, the new instances offer 50% more storage GB/vCPU compared to M5d, C5d, and R5d instances. If users have an application that needs the high-performance and low latency that NVMe SSDs can provide, this is the right EC2 instance for them.

New EC2 Graviton2 Instances Availability

The new M6g, C6g, and R6g families of instances are available today in the following AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US East (Ohio), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Frankfurt), and Europe (Ireland). Their disk-based variants M6gd, C6gd, and R6gd are available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US East (Ohio) and Europe (Ireland) AWS.

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