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Amazon EC2 February 2019 Update

Released on February 15th, 2019

Amazon EC2 High Memory Instances are Now Available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

Starting today, Amazon EC2 High Memory instances with up to 12 TB of memory are available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) region.

EC2 High Memory instances offer 6 TB, 9 TB, and 12 TB of memory in an instance. These instances are purpose-built to run large in-memory databases, including production deployments of the SAP HANA in-memory database, in the cloud. EC2 High Memory instances allow running large in-memory databases in the same Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), where connected business applications relying on the database are running, reducing the management overhead associated with complex networking and ensuring predictable performance.

Amazon EC2 High Memory instances are certified by SAP for running Business Suite on HANA, the next-generation Business Suite S/4HANA, Data Mart Solutions on HANA, Business Warehouse on HANA, and SAP BW/4HANA in production environments.

With this expansion today, EC2 High Memory instances are now available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and AWS GovCloud (US East and US-West) regions as EC2 Dedicated Hosts on a 3-year reservation. To learn more about EC2 High Memory instances, visit To get started with EC2 High Memory instances, contact your AWS account team or use the Contact Us page.

Introducing Five New Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances

Starting today, five new Amazon EC2 bare metal instances are available. Amazon EC2 bare metal instances provide your applications with direct access to the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor and memory resources of the underlying server. These instances are ideal for workloads that require access to the hardware feature set (such as Intel® VT-x), for applications that need to run in non-virtualized environments for licensing or support requirements, or for customers who wish to use their own hypervisor.

Bare metal instances allow EC2 customers to run applications that benefit from deep performance analysis tools, specialized workloads that require direct access to bare metal infrastructure, legacy workloads not supported in virtual environments, and licensing-restricted Tier 1 business critical applications. Bare metal instances also make it possible for customers to run virtualization secured containers such as Clear Linux Containers. Workloads on bare metal instances continue to take advantage of all the comprehensive services and features of the AWS Cloud, such as Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

The five new bare metal instances are m5.metal, m5d.metal, r5.metal, r5d.metal, and z1d.metal. M5 instances offers a balance of compute, memory, and networking resources for a broad range of workloads including web and application servers, back-end servers for enterprise applications, gaming servers, caching fleets, and app development environments. R5 instances are well suited for memory intensive applications such as high performance databases, distributed web scale in-memory caches, mid-size in-memory databases, real time big data analytics, and other enterprise applications. In addition, M5d and R5d instances have local storage, offering up to 3.6 TB of local NVMe-based SSDs. z1d instances provide both high compute performance and high memory, which is ideal for electronic design automation (EDA), gaming, and certain relational database workloads with high per-core licensing costs.

m5.metal instances are available in the US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (N. California and Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland, London, Paris, and Stockholm), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo) AWS regions

m5d.metal instances are available in the US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland, Paris, and Stockholm), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, and Sydney) AWS regions.

r5.metal instances are available in the US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (N. California and Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland, Paris, and Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul, and Singapore), and AWS GovCloud (US-West) AWS regions.  

r5d.metal instances are available in the US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (N. California), Europe (Frankfurt, Paris, and Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul, and Singapore), and AWS GovCloud (US-West) AWS regions.

z1d.metal instances are available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (N. California and Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Singapore and Tokyo) AWS regions.

These new Bare Metal instances can be purchased as On-Demand instances, Reserved instances (3-Yr, 1-Yr, and Convertible), or as Spot instances. To get started, visit the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. For more information visit the M5 product pageR5 product page, and z1d product page.

Amazon EC2 Announces the Availability of C5, C5d, R5, and R5d Instances in AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

Amazon EC2’s next generation compute optimized C5 and memory optimized R5 instances are now available in AWS China (Beijing) region operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) region operated by NWCD. The C5 and R5 instances offer the latest generation Intel® Xeon Platinum processors (formerly codenamed Skylake) and feature the Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and lightweight hypervisor that aims to deliver performance indistinguishable from bare-metal performance.

C5 instances deliver the best price/compute performance in the EC2 product family, offering up to a 49% improvement in price/performance compared to C4 instances. C5 instances are ideal for running compute-heavy workloads like batch processing, distributed analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), machine/deep learning inference, ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding.

R5 instances deliver 5% additional memory per vCPU and up to a 50% price/GiB improvement over R4 instances. R5 instances are ideally suited for applications such as high-performance databases, distributed in-memory caches, in-memory databases, and big data analytics.

C5 and R5 instances with local instance storage (C5d and R5d) are also available in these regions today.

C5 and R5 instances are supported across all EC2 pricing options including On-Demand, Reserved and Spot Instances, with up to a 90% discount from On-Demand prices.

To learn more, visit the Amazon EC2 C5 and R5 instance pages at

Announcing a 25% Price Reduction for Amazon EC2 X1 Instances in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS Region

Starting today, Amazon EC2 X1 instance pricing has been reduced by 25% in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS region.

Amazon EC2 X1 Instances are a part of the Amazon EC2 memory-optimized instance family and are designed for running large-scale and in-memory applications in the AWS Cloud. X1 instances offer up to 1,952 GiB of DRAM based memory. Each X1 instance is powered by four Intel® Xeon® E7 8880 v3 processors and offers up to 128 vCPUs.

EC2 X1 instances are ideal for running in-memory databases like SAP HANA, big data processing engines like Apache Spark or Presto, and high-performance computing (HPC) applications. X1 instances are certified by SAP to run production environments of the next-generation Business Suite S/4HANA, Business Suite on HANA (SoH), Business Warehouse on HANA (BW), and Data Mart Solutions on HANA on the AWS Cloud.

For more information about Amazon EC2 X1 instances, visit the EC2 X1 product page.

AWS Batch Now Supports Amazon EC2 A1 Instances Powered by Arm-based AWS Graviton Processors, and EC2 G3s Graphics Accelerated Instances

Starting today, you can use AWS Batch with workloads running on Amazon EC2 A1 and G3s instances. AWS Batch enables developers, scientists, and engineers to easily and efficiently run hundreds of thousands of batch computing jobs on AWS. AWS Batch dynamically provisions compute resources (e.g., CPU or memory optimized instances) based on the volume and specific resource requirements of the batch jobs submitted.

Now supporting Amazon EC2 A1 instances, which deliver significant cost savings and are ideally suited for scale-out and Arm-based workloads that are supported by the extensive Arm ecosystem, AWS Batch allows customers to run their batch jobs at low cost with the convenience of a fully managed services. A1 instances deliver cost savings for customer workloads that can run Arm instructions and fit within the available A1 memory footprint.

AWS Batch now also supports G3s instances, giving customers additional flexibility when running rendering workloads through Batch’s managed scaling and scheduling service. G3s instances are ideal for rendering workloads for visual effects (VFX) and virtual workstations for design & engineering applications.

To learn more, visit Amazon's AWS Batch Getting Started Guide.

NICE DCV Now Supports Kerberos Authentication and Touch Input on Windows Native Clients and Web Clients When Using Windows Server

Amazon is pleased to announce the release of NICE DCV version 2017.3.

NICE DCV is a remote visualization protocol that enables users to securely access remote desktop or application sessions, including 3D graphics applications hosted on servers with high-performance GPUs. NICE DCV offers end users a wide range of client devices, including an HTML5 client for web browser access, and native Windows and Linux clients. Native clients support up to 4 monitors at 4K resolution each and the Windows client also supports USB redirection for 3D mice and USB storage devices. In addition, NICE DCV helps customers with remote Linux desktops reduce session costs by supporting multiple Linux sessions from a single high performance server. NICE DCV is free to use on Amazon EC2 instances and is the remote visualization protocol used by Amazon Appstream 2.0 and AWS RoboMaker.

The DCV 2017.3 release introduces the following features:

  • Kerberos authentication (GSSAPI) support on Windows and Linux
  • Touch input support on Windows Native clients and Web clients when using Windows server

For more information, see the DCV 2017.3 release notes or see step-by-step instructions to download and get started with DCV.

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