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Amazon EC2 June 2020 Update

Released on June 22nd, 2020

Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling now Supports Instance Refresh within Auto Scaling Groups

Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling now lets you automatically update the instances in your Auto Scaling Groups (ASG) to release new application versions or make infrastructure changes. Traditionally, customers had to write custom scripts and build systems to update ASG configurations with new AMIs. With the new Instance Refresh feature, customers can now trigger configuration updates such as moving to new AMIs and changing instance types. You can roll out these updates to the ASG by replacing instances all at once or gradually.

Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling helps you maintain application availability and allows you to automatically add or remove EC2 instances according to conditions you define. You can use the fleet management features to maintain the health and availability of your fleet. You can also use the dynamic and predictive scaling policies to add or remove EC2 instances. EC2 Auto Scaling is available in all AWS commercial Regions and AWS GovCloud (US Regions).  

For more information on Instance Refresh in EC2 Auto Scaling, refer to this documentation.

Amazon EC2 C6g and R6g Instances Powered by AWS Graviton2 Processors are now Generally Available

Starting today, the compute-optimized Amazon EC2 C6g instances and the memory-optimized Amazon EC2 R6g instances powered by Arm-based AWS Graviton2 processors are generally available. Amazon EC2 C6g instances deliver up to 40% better price performance over x86-based Amazon EC2 C5 instances for compute-intensive workloads such as high performance computing (HPC), batch processing, ad serving, video encoding, gaming, scientific modelling, distributed analytics, and CPU-based machine learning inference. Amazon EC2 R6g instances deliver up to 40% better price performance over x86-based Amazon EC2 R5 instances for memory-intensive workloads such as open-source databases, in-memory caches, and real time big data analytics. 

AWS Graviton2 processors are custom-built by AWS using 64-bit Arm Neoverse N1 cores to enable the best price performance for cloud workloads running in Amazon EC2. They deliver a major leap in performance and capabilities over first-generation AWS Graviton processors, with 7x performance, 4x the number of compute cores, 2x larger caches, and 5x faster memory. AWS Graviton2 processors feature always-on 256-bit DRAM encryption and 50% faster per core encryption performance compared to the first-generation AWS Graviton processors.  

Amazon EC2 C6g and R6g instances are built on the AWS Nitro System, a collection of AWS-designed hardware and software innovations that enable the delivery of efficient, flexible, and secure cloud services with isolated multi-tenancy, private networking, and fast local storage. These instances provide up to 19 Gbps Elastic Block Store (EBS) bandwidth and up to 25 Gbps network bandwidth and are supported by a broad ecosystem of operating systems and services from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) as well as AWS. These include popular Linux distributions (Amazon Linux 2, Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Fedora, and Debian), FreeBSD/NetBSD, the Amazon Corretto distribution of OpenJDK, container services (Amazon ECR, Amazon ECS, Amazon EKS, Docker, and Rancher), agents (Amazon CloudWatch, AWS Systems Manager, Amazon Inspector, Crowdstrike, Datadog, Dynatrace, Honeycomb.io, Qualys, Rapid7, and Tenable), and developer/automation tools (AWS Code Suite, Chef, GitLab, Jenkins, and TravisCI).  

In addition to the newly available C6g and R6g instances, the general purpose M6g instances based on AWS Graviton2 processors are already available, and provide up to 40% better price performance over x86-based M5 instances for a broad set of workloads including, application servers, microservices, gaming servers, small and mid-size databases, and caching fleets. Many customers have successfully adopted M6g instances with minimal effort and are realizing price performance benefits. The Amazon EC2 M6g webpage outlines several customer examples. 

The C6g and R6g instances are now available in the AWS US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt and Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions. They are available in 8 sizes, with 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 48, and 64 vCPUs in addition to the bare metal option, and are purchasable On-Demand, as Reserved instances, as Spot instances, or as part of Savings Plans.  

To get started with AWS Graviton2-based Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g instances, visit the AWS Management ConsoleAWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the AWS Graviton pageM6g pageC6g pageR6g page, or the Getting Started Github page. Additional Amazon EC2 instances basedon the AWS Graviton2 processors with local NVMe-based SSD block-level storage will also be available in the coming months. 

EC2 Image Builder now Supports Connectivity Through AWS PrivateLink

EC2 Image Builder is now integrated with AWS PrivateLink which enables customers to privately access EC2 Image Builder from Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPC) without using public IPs, and without requiring the traffic to traverse across the Internet. AWS PrivateLink provides private connectivity between VPCs, AWS services, and on-premises applications, securely on the Amazon network.

With private VPC connectivity, customers can meet compliance requirements to securely connect to EC2 Image Builder within Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) using private IP addresses and security groups. To use this capability, customers need to create an interface VPC endpoint for EC2 Image Builder in their VPC using the Amazon VPC console, SDK, or CLI. Customers can also access the VPC endpoint from on-premises environments or from other VPCs using AWS VPNAWS Direct Connect, or VPC Peering.  

Private VPC connectivity for EC2 Image Builder is available in all AWS Regions. For detailed usage instructions, see our documentation

Amazon EC2 C5n, M5n, M5dn, R5n, and R5dn Instances now Available in Additional Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5n instances are available in the AWS Europe (London) and South America (Sao Paulo) regions. In addition, Amazon EC2 M5n, M5dn, R5n, R5dn instances are available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region.

Based on the next generation AWS Nitro System, these instances make 100 Gbps networking available to network-bound workloads without requiring customers to use custom drivers or recompile applications. Customers can also take advantage of this improved network performance to accelerate data transfer to and from Amazon S3, reducing the data ingestion time for applications and speeding up delivery of results. Workloads on these instances will continue to take advantage of the security, scalability and reliability of Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). A wide range of applications such as High Performance Computing (HPC), analytics, machine learning, Big Data and data lake applications can benefit from these instances.

With this regional expansion, C5n instances are available today in US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (London, Ireland), South America (Sao Paulo) and AWS GovCloud (US-West) . M5n, M5dn, R5n, and R5dn instances are available today in US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) and AWS GovCloud (US-West). To learn more, visit the Amazon EC2 C5 or Amazon EC2 M5 or Amazon EC2 R5 instance pages.

Now Available, Amazon EC2 C5a Instances Featuring 2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processors

Starting today, new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) C5a instances featuring 2nd generation AMD EPYC™ processors running at frequencies up to 3.3 GHz are generally available. C5a instances are variants of Amazon EC2’s compute-optimized (C5) instance family and provide high performance at 10% lower cost over comparable instances. C5a instances deliver leading x86 price-performance for a broad set of compute-intensive workloads including batch processing, distributed analytics, data transformations, log analysis, and web applications.

AMD-based EC2 instances were first available in November, 2018 and have expanded to include 5 instance families (M5a, M5ad, R5a, R5ad, and T3a) spanning more than 15 global regions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and GovCloud. Customers are using AMD-based instances for a diverse set of workloads that range from scale-out microservices to large memory intensive databases and simulations. Customers benefit from the lower cost that AMD-based instances offer while better matching instance resources with the needs of their applications, and have asked for more AMD-based instance variants.

C5a instances deliver on this demand, and offer the lowest cost per x86 vCPU in the Amazon EC2 portfolio. C5a instances are available in eight virtualized sizes with up to 96 vCPUs and up to 192 GiB of memory. Disk variants, C5ad, which come with fast, local NVMe instance storage, and bare metal variants, C5an.metal and C5adn.metal, which will have access to 100 Gbps of network bandwidth, are coming soon.

C5a instances are available today in the US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Singapore, Sydney) AWS Regions. The new instances can be purchased as On-Demand, Reserved, Spot Instances or as part of a Savings Plan.

To get started, visit the AWS Management ConsoleAWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the C5 product page or the AMD Instances page.

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