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Amazon EC2 September 2020 Update

Released on September 24th, 2020

Amazon EKS now Supports Assigning EC2 Security Groups to Kubernetes Pods

Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) customers can now leverage EC2 security groups to secure applications with varying network security requirements on shared cluster compute resources.

Previously, all pods on a node shared the same security groups. While IAM roles for service accounts solves the pod level security challenge at the authentication layer, many organization’s compliance requirements also mandate network segmentation as an additional defense in depth step. Kubernetes network policies provide an option for controlling network traffic within the cluster, but do not support controlling access to AWS resources outside the cluster.

Now, network security rules that span pod to pod and pod to external AWS service traffic can be defined in a single place with EC2 security groups, and applied to individual pods and applications with Kubernetes native APIs. This makes it easy to achieve network security compliance in clusters that are shared across multiple teams and applications.

Support for assigning security groups to pods is available for most AWS Nitro based instances launched with new EKS clusters running Kubernetes version 1.17. Support for existing clusters will be rolled out over the coming weeks. To get started, visit the Amazon EKS documentation.

Amazon VPC Endpoints for Amazon EC2 Are Now Available in Three Availability Zones in South America (Sao Paulo) and Canada (Central), and Four Availability Zones in Us West (Oregon)

Amazon EC2 is now available through VPC endpoints in three availability zones in South America (Sao Paulo) and Canada (Central), and four Availability Zones in US West (Oregon), allowing you to access Amazon EC2 from within your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) without traversing the internet.

VPC endpoints for Amazon EC2 are powered by AWS PrivateLink, a highly available, scalable technology that provides secure, private connectivity between VPCs and AWS services. Amazon VPC Endpoints are easy to configure and provide reliable connectivity to Amazon EC2 without requiring an Internet Gateway, Network Address Translation (NAT) instance, or AWS Direct Connect connection. With VPC Endpoints, the data between your Amazon VPC and Amazon EC2 remains within the Amazon network, and is thus protected from the public internet. You can create a VPC Interface Endpoint for Amazon EC2 in your VPC using the Amazon VPC console, SDK or CLI. You can also access the VPC Endpoint from on-premises environments or from other VPCs using AWS Direct Connect and VPC Peering respectively.  

There are no additional Amazon EC2 costs to use this feature. For VPC Endpoints, Interface VPC endpoint charges apply. To learn more, see EC2 VPC Endpoints in the Amazon EC2 Developer Guide.  

Announcing New Amazon EC2 T4g Instances Powered by Aws Graviton2 Processors, Available With a Free Trial

Starting today, the latest generation of burstable, general purpose Amazon EC2 T4g instances are available. These instances are powered by Arm-based AWS Graviton2 processors and deliver up to 40% better price performance over T3 instances. The T4g instances provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst CPU usage at any time for as long as required. They offer a balance of compute, memory, and network resources for a broad spectrum of general purpose workloads, including large scale micro-services, caching servers, search engine indexing, e-commerce platforms, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, and business-critical applications. A free trial of T4g is also available now for the t4g.micro instance size. All new and existing AWS customers can utilize the free trial that automatically deducts 750 hours of t4g.micro usage from their AWS bill each month until Dec 31st, 2020. 

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 T4g 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.  

The T4g instances 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, New Relic, Qualys, Rapid7, and Tenable), and developer/automation tools (AWS Code Suite, Chef, GitLab, Jenkins, and TravisCI).  

The T4g instances are now available in the AWS US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Tokyo), and Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland) regions. They are available in 7 sizes, providing up to 8 vCPUs, 5 Gbps of networking bandwidth, and 2,780 Mbps of Elastic Block Store (EBS) bandwidth. The T4g instances 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 T4g instances, visit the AWS Management ConsoleAWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the Amazon EC2 T4g page or the AWS Graviton page.  

Amazon EC2 Inf1 Instances Based on Aws Inferentia Now Available in Europe (Paris), Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Singapore) and South America (São Paulo) Regions

AWS has expanded the availability of Amazon EC2 Inf1 instances to Europe (Paris), Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Singapore), and South America (São Paulo). Inf1 instances are powered by AWS Inferentia chips, which AWS custom-designed to provide high performance and lowest cost machine learning inference in the cloud.  

These instances deliver up to 30% higher throughput and up to 45% lower cost per inference than the lowest cost GPU based instances and are ideal for applications such as image recognition, natural language processing, personalization and anomaly detection.  

The easiest and quickest way to get started with Inf1 instances is via Amazon SageMaker, a fully managed service for building, training, and deploy machine learning models. Developers who prefer to manage their own machine learning application development platforms, can get started by either launching Inf1 instances with AWS Deep Learning AMIs, which include the Neuron SDK, or use Inf1 instances via Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) or Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) for containerized ML applications. 

Amazon EC2 Inf1 instances are available in 4 sizes, providing up to 16 Inferentia chips, 96 vCPUs, 192GB of memory, 100 Gbps of networking bandwidth and 19 Gbps of Elastic Block Store (EBS) bandwith. These instances are purchasable On-Demand, as Reserved Instances, as Spot instances, or as part of Savings Plans. They are available in 11 regions globally, including US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland, Paris), Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo) and South America (São Paulo). 

To get started, visit the getting started guide. To learn more visit the Amazon EC2 Inf1 instance page.  

Amazon EC2 C5a Instances Now Available in South America (Sao Paulo) Region

Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5a instances, featuring AMD EPYCTM 2nd generation 7002 Series processors, are available in AWS South America (Sao Paulo) region. 

Amazon EC2 C5a instances were launched in June 2020. C5a instances feature 2nd generation AMD EPYC™ 7002 series processors running at frequencies up to 3.3 GHz, and are variants of the Amazon EC2 compute optimized (C5) family of instances. These EC2 instances provide options for customers who are looking to achieve a 10% cost savings on their Amazon EC2 compute environment for a variety of workloads. C5a instances are ideal for a broad set of compute-intensive workloads including batch processing, distributed analytics, data transformations, log analysis, gaming, and web applications.  

With this regional expansion, C5a instances are now available across US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (N. California, Oregon), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt, Stockholm, London), Asia Pacific (Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney, Mumbai), Canada (Central), South America (Sao Paulo) and both AWS Govcloud (US) Regions. C5a instances are available in 8 sizes, with 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 48, 64 or 96 vCPUs. These instances can be purchased as part of Savings Plans, On-Demand, as Reserved instances, or as Spot instances. 

To get started, visit the AWS Management ConsoleAWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the EC2 C5 Instances Page or the AMD Instances Page.  

Host Recovery for Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts is Now Available in the Aws South Africa (Cape Town) and Aws Europe (Milan) Regions

Host Recovery automatically recovers instances in the event of unexpected failures (hardware failures, power or network outages etc.) on EC2 Dedicated Hosts making your instances more resilient. You can enable Host Recovery for your EC2 Dedicated Hosts using AWS Management Console, CLI or API. Additionally, the built-in integration of EC2 Dedicated Hosts with AWS License Manager helps automatically track licenses in the event of host recovery.

Host Recovery is now available in the South Africa (Cape Town) and Europe (Milan) regions. Here is the list of AWS regions where Host Recovery is currently supported: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), EU (London), South America (São Paulo), China (Beijing) and China (Ningxia) regions, South Africa (Cape Town) and Europe (Milan).

Amazon EC2 C5a Instances Featuring AMD Processors Are Now Available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai) AWS Region

Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5a instances are available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region. Amazon EC2 C5a instances were launched in June 2020. C5a instances feature 2nd generation AMD EPYC™ 7002 series processors running at frequencies up to 3.3 GHz, and are variants of the Amazon EC2 compute optimized (C5) family of instances.

These AMD-based instances provide additional options for customers who are looking to achieve a 45% cost savings on their Amazon EC2 compute environment for a variety of workloads. C5a instances are ideal for a broad set of compute-intensive workloads including batch processing, distributed analytics, data transformations, log analysis, gaming, and web applications. C5a instances are available in 8 sizes, with 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 48, 64 or 96 vCPUs. These instances can be purchased as part of Savings Plans, On-Demand, as Reserved instances, or as Spot instances.

Amazon EC2 C5a Instances Now Available in AWS Govcloud (Us) Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 C5a instances, featuring AMD EPYC™ 2nd generation 7002 Series (Rome) processors, are available in AWS Govcloud (US) Regions.

Amazon EC2 C5a instances were launched in June 2020. C5a instances feature 2nd generation AMD EPYC™ 7002 series processors running at frequencies up to 3.3 GHz, and are variants of the Amazon EC2 compute optimized (C5) family of instances. These EC2 instances provide options for customers who are looking to achieve a 10% cost savings on their Amazon EC2 compute environment for a variety of workloads. C5a instances are ideal for a broad set of compute-intensive workloads including batch processing, distributed analytics, data transformations, log analysis, gaming, and web applications.

With this regional expansion, C5a instances are now available across US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (N. California, Oregon), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt, Stockholm, London), Asia Pacific (Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney, Mumbai), Canada (Central), and both AWS Govcloud (US) Regions. C5a instances are available in 8 sizes, with 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 48, 64 or 96 vCPUs. These instances can be purchased as part of Savings Plans, On-Demand, as Reserved instances, or as Spot instances.

Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g and R6g Instances Powered by Aws Graviton2 Processors Are Now Available in Us West (Northern California) Region

Starting today, Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g instances are available in US West (Northern California) region. Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g instances are powered by AWS Graviton2 processors that are built utilizing 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores and custom silicon designed by AWS. They deliver up to 40% better price performance over comparable x86-based instances for a broad spectrum of workloads, including application servers, micro-services, high-performance computing, CPU-based machine learning inference, electronic design automation, gaming, open-source databases, and in-memory caches. AWS Graviton2 processors 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 M6g, 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, CentOS, 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). Since launch, many customers and partners are realizing significant price performance benefits of AWS Graviton2 based instances with minimal effort.

With this regional expansion, Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g instances are now available across US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Northern California, Oregon), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo) regions. Additionally, we have M6gd, C6gd and R6gd instances with local NVMe-based SSD storage available in the AWS US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) regions. All these instances 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 as part of Savings Plans, On-Demand, as Reserved instances, or as Spot instances.

Amazon EC2 C5 Instances Now Available in Additional Sizes in 3 Regions

Starting today, Amazon EC2 c5.12xlarge, c5.24xlarge, and c5.metal instance sizes are available in the Middle East (Bahrain) and the Asia Pacific (Osaka) Local Region. In addition, c5.24xlarge and c5.metal instance sizes are also available in Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region. These C5 instance sizes are powered by custom 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (Cascade Lake) with sustained all-core turbo frequency of 3.6 GHz and maximum single core turbo frequency of 3.9 GHz.

C5 instances are optimized for compute-intensive workloads and deliver cost-effective high performance at a low price per compute ratio. These instances are ideal for high-performance computing (HPC), machine learning, deep inference, distributed analytics, batch processing, and much more. With the 24xlarge size, C5 instances increase available resources by 33% to provide even more performance for compute intensive workloads. Furthermore, the C5 bare metal option provides your applications with direct access to the processor and memory of the underlying server.

With today’s regional and size expansion, C5 instances are available in AWS EU (Stockholm, Paris, Ireland, Frankfurt, London, Milan), Middle East (Bahrain), China (Beijing, Ningxia), Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Osaka, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney), US East (Ohio, N. Virginia, Oregon, N. California), Africa (Cape Town), South America (Sao Paulo), AWS Govcloud (US-Gov-East, US-Gov-West) and Canada (Central) regions. C5 instances are available in 9 sizes with 2, 4, 8, 16, 36, 48, 72 or 96 vCPUs in addition to the bare metal instance option. These instances can be purchased as Reserved Instances or as Spot instances in the Asia Pacific (Osaka) Local Region and as part of Savings Plans, On-Demand, as Reserved instances, or as Spot instances elsewhere.

To get started, visit the AWS Management ConsoleAWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the EC2 C5 Instances Page or the Intel Instances page.  

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