Amazon Web Services unveils high I/O instance type based on SSD
Posted on 21-Jul-2012 08:19
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has 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.
“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.”
10gen is the company behind MongoDB, leading development and providing commercial services for the open source NoSQL database. "Many of our customers require large amounts of low latency I/O,” said Max Schireson, President at 10gen. “Our users have been awaiting availability of SSD-backed Amazon EC2 instances that can deliver tens of thousands of IOPS. This type of I/O capability will make customer applications run even more efficiently on AWS. Our largest customers running in AWS are particularly eager to be able to take advantage of SSDs with their much lower latencies and greater I/O capacity."
Customers can launch High I/O instances using the AWS console, Amazon EC2 command line interface, AWS SDKs, and third party libraries. Initially, a Quadruple Extra Large High I/O instance is available in the US-East (N. Virginia) and EU-West (Ireland) regions (and will be made available in other AWS regions in the coming months). High I/O instances can be purchased as On-demand and Reserved instances.