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Amazon EC2 May 2019 Update

Released on May 28th, 2019

Announcing Windows Server version 1903 AMIs for Amazon EC2

Today Amazon is announcing the availability of License Included (LI) Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) for Windows Server version 1903 for Amazon EC2, providing customers with an easy and flexible way to get up and running with the latest version of Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel release. Windows Server 1903 adds features that are best suited for use cases that involve building modern container-based Windows applications, such as enhanced Kubernetes support.

By running Windows Server versions 1903 on Amazon EC2, customers can combine the scale, performance, and elasticity of AWS with the new capabilities in the Semi-Annual Channel release versions of Windows Server. Windows Server 1903 License Included (LI) AMIs are available in all public AWS regions and PDT (GovCloud), and can be launched directly from the Amazon EC2 console. The AMIs are available in two versions – a container version with all the relevant container features installed by default, and a base version with the default configuration. Instances running Windows Server 1903 AMIs are billed under the standard Windows pricing. To learn more and get started with Windows Server on EC2, check out the User Guide for Windows Instances.

Amazon EC2 P3dn Instances are Now Available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS Region

Starting today, Amazon EC2 P3dn instances are available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS region. P3dn instances were first introduced in December of 2018 and feature eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs with 32GB of GPU memory each, 100 Gbps networking, 96 Intel Skylake-based vCPUs, and 768 GB of system memory that expands the P3 portfolio on the top end for faster distributed machine learning (ML) training workloads.

P3dn instances come in one size, P3dn.24xlarge, and offer twice as much GPU memory as previous P3 instances to enable ML training on higher resolution images and can accommodate larger batch sizes for more accurate training results and faster throughput. New Intel Skylake CPUs also offer Intel’s AVX-512 instruction set to help accelerate pre-processing of images. Finally, the 100 Gbps networking provides better scaling efficiency when scaling out workloads across multiple instances. These instances are great for machine learning training along with HPC jobs like 3D rendering, video transcoding, and financial risk modeling.

With this regional expansion, these instances are available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Europe (Ireland) AWS regions. P3dn 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 P3 Instances Page.

Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances are Now Available in Additional AWS Regions

Starting today, Amazon bare metal instances are available in additional AWS regions:

  • M5 bare metal instances are now available in the Canada (Central) region.
  • M5d bare metal instances are now available in the US West (N. California), Canada (Central), and Europe (London) regions.
  • R5 bare metal instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), and Europe (London) regions.
  • R5d bare metal instances are now available in the US West (Oregon), Canada (Central), and Europe (Dublin and London) regions.

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).

To learn more, visit the EC2 instance types page.

Amazon EC2 C5n Instances Are Now Available In Additional Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5n instances are available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Frankfurt), and AWS GovCloud (US-East) Regions. C5n instances, first introduced in November of 2018, are variants of C5 instances with significantly higher network performance across all instance sizes, ranging from 25 Gbps of peak bandwidth on smaller instance sizes to 100 Gbps of network bandwidth on the largest instance size. In addition, C5n instances also feature 33% higher memory footprint compared to C5 instances. C5n instances are ideal for applications that can take advantage of improved network throughput and packet rate performance.

With these additional regional launches, C5n instances are now available in US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt and Ireland), and AWS GovCloud (US-East and US-West) AWS Regions. Customers can use C5n instances as On-Demand, Reserved or Spot Instances. C5n instances are available in 6 sizes, with 2, 4, 8, 16, 36, and 72 vCPUs and are purchasable as On-Demand, Reserved, Spot and as Dedicated Instances or Dedicated Hosts.

To get started, visit the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the Amazon EC2 C5 instance page.

Amazon EC2 On-Demand Capacity Reservations are Now Available in AWS GovCloud Regions

Amazon EC2 On-Demand Capacity Reservations are now available in the AWS GlovCloud (US-West) and AWS GovCloud (US-East) Regions. On-Demand Capacity Reservations are also available in all commercial AWS Regions.  

You can reserve Amazon EC2 capacity for any duration with On-Demand Capacity Reservations. Amazon EC2 provides a wide selection of instance types as well as over 50 global Availability Zones where you can run your applications. Some customers however have very specific requirements for portions of their applications around instance type, size, and capability, as well as the Availability Zone the instance needs to run in, and need very high levels of assurance that they will always be able to launch that specific capacity. Previously in order to achieve a capacity reservation, customers had to leverage Zonal Reserved Instances and commit to that capacity for a minimum of one year. Now with On-Demand Capacity Reservations, customers can reserve the exact capacity they need, in the location they need, and can keep it only for as long as they need it. 

On-Demand Capacity Reservations are activated as soon as they are requested, and they stay active until cancelled. A Capacity Reservation is tied to a specific Availability Zone and, by default automatically utilized by running instances in that Availability Zone. Instances you have placed Capacity Reservations for are charged at the normal instance rate for as long as you maintain the reservation. Should you no longer need them, you can cancel your Capacity Reservation at any time to stop paying.

If you have Regional RI discounts, they will automatically apply to any matching Capacity Reservation. This gives you the flexibility to selectively add capacity reservations and still get the Regional RI discounts for that usage. 

To get started, you can create an On-Demand Capacity Reservation by simply choosing an Availability Zone and quantity (number of instances) along with other instance specifications such as instance type and tenancy. Once created, the Capacity Reservation will ensure that you will always be able to launch that specific EC2 configuration. 

You can create and manage Capacity Reservations through the AWS Management Console, AWS SDK and CLI. To learn more about Capacity Reservations, visit FAQs, or Linux or Windows technical documentations. 

Amazon EC2 C5d, M5, M5d, R5, and R5d Instances are Now Available in Additional AWS Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5d, M5, M5d, R5, and R5d instances are available in additional AWS regions:

  • C5d, M5d (including bare metal), R5 bare metal, and R5d instances (including bare metal) are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-East) region.
  • M5d and R5d bare metal instances are now available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) region.
  • M5 and M5d bare metal instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region.
  • R5 and R5d bare metal instances are now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region.

Amazon EC2 C5d, M5d, and R5d instances deliver instances equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. These instances are a great fit for applications that need access to high-speed, low latency local storage. It will also benefit applications that need temporary storage of data, such as batch and log processing and applications that need caches and scratch files.

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).

To learn more, visit the EC2 instance types page.

Amazon EC2 I3en Instances, Offering up to 60 TB of NVMe SSD Instance Storage, are Now Generally Available

Today, Amazon is announcing the general availability of storage-optimized Amazon EC2 I3en instances, the largest Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) based SSD storage instance in the cloud. 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, up to 96 vCPUs, and up to 768 GiB of memory. In addition, customers can enable Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA) on I3en for low and consistent network latency. I3en instances are powered by AWS-custom Intel® Xeon® Scalable (Skylake) processors with 3.1 GHz sustained all core turbo performance.

I3en instances come in seven instance sizes, with storage options from 1.25 to 60 TB. I3en instances deliver up to 2 million random IOPS at 4 KB block sizes and up to 16 GB/s of total disk throughput at 128 KB block sizes. These instances are available today in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) AWS regions.

Amazon EC2 I3en instances are offered as On-Demand, Reserved, or Spot Instances. For pricing, visit the EC2 pricing page. For details and to get started visit the Amazon EC2 I3en pageAWS Management ConsoleAWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or AWS SDKs.

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