Amazon Web Services (AWS) Introduces New Memory-Optimized Amazon EC2 R6a Instances (opens in new tab) Using AMD EPYC (Milan) processor.
AWS’ EC2 instances, first introduced in 2006, allow users to run virtual machines on the company’s cloud platform.
If you like running memory-intensive workloads in the cloud, you might be in luck, as AWS says the latest instances are ideal for high-performance database software such as relational and noSQL databases, distributed web-scale in-memory caches like Memcached and Redis , and in-memory databases including real-time big data analytics such as Hadoop and Spark clusters.
What do users get?
AWS says the new instances offer up to 35 percent better price/performance compared to R5a instances, while costing 10 percent less than x86-based EC2 instances.
Additionally, AWS states that R6a instances have an 8:1 memory to vCPU ratio, just like R5a instances, and support increasing the size to 192 vCPUs per instance.
The R6a instance is apparently certified by SAP and supports SAP Business Suite.
R6a instances vary widely in size, with the lowest performing instance “r6a.large” supporting 16 GiB of memory and up to 12.5 Gbps of network bandwidth.
In contrast, the highest performing R6a instance “r6a.metal” offers up to 1536 GIBs of massive memory and up to 50 Gbps of network bandwidth.
Amazon has been busy rolling out new EC2 instances, and users can now rent and run the M1 Mac Mini in the cloud.
Where can I register?
Users can launch R6a instances today in AWS US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland).
To learn more about the new product, head to Amazon’s R6a Instances page (opens in new tab).