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Amazon EC2 July 2019 Update

Released on July 30th, 2019

Amazon EC2 Hibernation Now Available on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Amazon EC2 expands Hibernation support for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. You can now hibernate newly launched EC2 Instances running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, in addition to Amazon Linux 1 OS.

Hibernation gives you the ability to launch EC2 instances, set them up as desired, hibernate them, and then quickly bring them back to life when you need them. Applications pick up exactly where they left off instead of rebuilding their memory footprint. Using hibernate, you can maintain a fleet of pre-warmed instances that can get to a productive state faster, and you can do this without modifying your existing applications.

Hibernation is available for On-Demand and Reserved Instances running on M3, M4, M5, C3, C4, C5, R3, R4, and R5 instances running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Amazon Linux. The EC2 Hibernation feature is available in the US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (N. California, Oregon), Canada (Central), South America (Sao Paulo), Asia Pacific (Hong Kong, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo), and Europe (Frankfurt, London, Ireland, Paris, Stockholm) AWS Regions.

This feature is available through AWS Command Line Interface (CLI)AWS SDKs, or the AWS Management Console at no extra charge. To learn more about hibernation, visit this blog. For information about enabling hibernation for your EC2 instances, visit our FAQs or technical documentation

Amazon EC2 Spot Now Available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 

Starting today, you can launch Amazon EC2 Spot Instances running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on base Red Hat Enterprise Linux Images (AMIs). Previously, only customers with existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux Premium subscriptions could launch Amazon EC2 Spot Instances running RHEL (i.e. the bring your own license model). Spot Instances can now be launched through RHEL’s basic subscription model and are included in the hourly Spot Instance price.

Amazon EC2 Spot Instances let you take advantage of unused EC2 capacity available in the AWS cloud. Spot Instances are available at up to a 90% discount compared to On-Demand prices. You can use Spot Instances for various stateless, fault-tolerant, or flexible applications such as big data, containerized workloads, CI/CD, web servers, high-performance computing (HPC), and other test & development workloads. Spot Instances are easy to launch, scale and manage through AWS services like Amazon ECS and Amazon EMR, or integrated third parties like Terraform and Jenkins.

Spot Instances can be launched via RunInstances API with a single additional parameter. You can also provision compute capacity across Spot Instances, RIs and On-Demand instances to optimize performance and cost using EC2 Fleet and Spot Fleet APIs.  

To learn more about Amazon EC2 Spot Instances, visit Amazon EC2 Spot page or technical documentation.

Amazon EC2 Now Supports Tagging Launch Templates on Creation

You can now tag launch templates at the time they are created, eliminating the need to run custom tagging scripts after creation. In addition, you can now set resource-level permissions on the CreateLaunchTemplate API, allowing you to implement stronger security policies by giving more granular control over who has access to that API. Resource-level permissions and tagging your launch templates on creation simplifies management and ensures that your launch templates are secured upon creation.

Launch templates templatize EC2 instance launch requests in order to streamline and simplify the instance launch process. They can be used for On-Demand instance launches as well as with EC2 Auto Scaling, EC2 Fleet, AWS Batch, and AWS CloudFormation. When used as an authorization vehicle, launch templates simplify IAM policies and ensure that organizational best practices are used for every instance launch. 

Launch templates are available in all AWS regions. You can manage resource tags for your launch templates using the console, CLI, or SDK. To learn more, read the launch templates documentation.

Amazon EC2 P3 Instances Featuring NVIDIA Volta V100 GPUs now Support NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation

Customers can now use Amazon EC2 P3 and P3dn instances for graphics applications such as remote workstations and 3D visualization using NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation software made available using new Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) accessible on the AWS Marketplace.

As more and more customers migrate graphics intensive workloads to the cloud to take advantage of increased agility and ease of management, they also continually look for increased compute power to support complex use cases. NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation AMIs deliver high graphics performance using the powerful NVIDIA Volta V100 GPUs running in the AWS cloud. These AMIs have the latest NVIDIA GPU graphics software preinstalled along with the latest Quadro drivers and Quadro ISV certifications with support for up to four 4K desktop resolutions and 8K video encoding capabilities. NVIDIA V100 combined with Quadro vWS delivers fast ray tracing, advanced simulations, and AI-powered rendering. Also look for our upcoming release of EC2 G4 instances featuring NVIDIA T4 GPUs which leverage the NVIDIA Turing architecture and RTX platform enhancements, enabling support for real-time photorealistic rendering and AI-enhanced graphics, video and image processing from the cloud.

The new AMIs are available on the AWS Marketplace with support for Windows Server:

To learn more about EC2 P3 and P3dn instances, visit the P3 product page.

Amazon EC2 AMD Instances are Now Available in Additional Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 M5a, M5ad, R5a, R5ad, and T3a instances are available in additional regions.

• M5a and R5a instances are now available in AWS Europe (Paris), US West (San Francisco), Canada (Montreal) and AWS GovCloud (US) Regions
• M5ad and R5ad instances are now available in AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney), Canada (Montreal) and AWS GovCloud(US-West) Regions
• T3a instances are now available in AWS Asia Pacific (Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo), Europe (Paris, London, Frankfurt), US West (San Francisco), Canada (Montreal) and AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

Both M5a and R5a instances were first introduced in November of 2018. M5ad and R5ad instances were launched in March of 2019, followed by T3a in April of 2019. All the AMD instances feature 2.5 GHz AMD EPYC 7000 series processors, and are variants of Amazon EC2’s general purpose (M5), memory optimized (R5), and burstable general-purpose (T3) instance families.  

The AMD-based instances provide additional options for customers who are looking to achieve a 10% cost savings on their Amazon EC2 compute environment for a variety of workloads. M5a and M5ad instances are ideal for business-critical applications, web and application servers, back-end servers for enterprise applications, gaming servers, caching fleets, and app development environments. R5a and R5ad instances are ideal for high performance databases, distributed web scale in-memory caches, mid-size in-memory databases, real time big data analytics, and other enterprise applications. T3a instances offer a balance of compute, memory, and network resources for a broad spectrum of general purpose workloads including micro-services, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development environments, code repositories, and business-critical applications.

With these regional expansions, M5a and R5a instances are available today in US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon, San Francisco), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt, Paris), Asia Pacific (Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney), China (Beijing and Ningxia), Canada (Montreal) and AWS GovCloud (US). M5ad, and R5ad instances are available today in US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Singapore, Sydney), Canada (Montreal) and AWS GovCloud (US-West). In addition, T3a instances are available today in US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon, San Francisco), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt, London, Paris), Asia Pacific (Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul), China (Beijing and Ningxia), Canada (Montreal) and AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. M5a, M5ad, R5a and R5ad instances are available in 8 sizes, with 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 48, 64, and 96 vCPUs, and T3a instances are available in 7 sizes, with 2, 4 and 8 vCPUs. These new instances can be purchased as On-Demand, Reserved or Spot Instances. 

To get started, visit the AWS Management ConsoleAWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the AMD Instances Page

EC2 Hibernation Feature is now Available to Customers in the Europe (Stockholm) and Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) AWS Regions

The EC2 Hibernation feature is now available in the Europe (Stockholm) and Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) AWS Regions. Hibernation gives you the ability to launch EC2 instances, set them up as desired, hibernate them, and then quickly bring them back to life when you need them. Applications pick up exactly where they left off instead of rebuilding their memory footprint. Using hibernate, you can maintain a fleet of pre-warmed instances that can get to a productive state faster, and you can do this without modifying your existing applications.

Hibernation requires an EC2 instance to be an encrypted Amazon EBS-backed instance. This ensures protection of sensitive contents in memory (RAM) as they get copied to EBS upon hibernation. You can now enable Amazon EBS Encryption by Default, to ensure all new EBS volumes created in your account are encrypted. You no longer have to create an encrypted copy of the Amazon Machine Image (AMI) before launching an instance. Alternatively, you can also now specify encryption intent at launch (with unencrypted AMI or snapshot) and enable hibernation at the same time (see link).  

Hibernation is available for On-Demand and Reserved Instances running on newly launched M3, M4, M5, C3, C4, C5, R3, R4, and R5 instances running Amazon Linux (1). With this expansion, EC2 Hibernation feature is now available in the US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (N. California, Oregon), Canada (Central), South America (Sao Paulo), Asia Pacific (Hong Kong, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo), and Europe (Frankfurt, London, Ireland, Paris, Stockholm) AWS Regions.

This feature is available through AWS Command Line Interface (CLI)AWS SDKs, or the AWS Management Console at no extra charge. To learn more about hibernation, visit this blog. For information about enabling hibernation for your EC2 instances, visit Amazon's FAQs or technical documentation. For more information about EBS Encryption by Default, visit this link or technical documentation.

Amazon EC2 I3en Instances are Now Available in US West (N. California) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 I3en instances are available in US West (N. California) and Asia Pacific (Seoul) AWS Regions. I3en global availability now includes the Asia Pacific (Tokyo, Seoul), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland), US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), and US West (Oregon, N. California) AWS regions. 

I3en instances offer up to 60 TB of low latency NVMe SSD instance storage and up to 50% lower cost per GB over I3 instances. These instances are designed for data-intensive workloads such as relational and NoSQL databases, distributed file systems, search engines, and data warehouses that require high random I/O access to large amounts of data residing on instance storage. I3en instances also provide up to 100 Gbps of networking bandwidth and come in seven instance sizes, with storage options from 1.25 to 60 TB. For more information, visit Amazons's product page.

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