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AWS announces a new Bare Metal instance offering for Amazon EC2 and introduces a new H1 Storage Optimized instances

  • New Amazon EC2 Bare Metal instances enable customers to run workloads directly on AWS hardware, or bring their own hypervisor or virtualization stack; preview starts today
  • New Storage Optimized instance family, H1, is designed for high-performance, big data workloads
  • The next generation of General Purpose instances, M5, deliver even better compute, memory, and networking performance, powered by the latest 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon Platinum 8000 series processors

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced a new Bare Metal instance offering for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), and introduced a new Storage Optimized instance family (H1 instances). The new H1 Storage Optimized instances are designed for data-intensive workloads such as MapReduce, distributed file systems, network file systems, log or data processing, and big data clusters. AWS also launched the next generation of General Purpose instances, M5, which have up to 50 percent more vCPUs, 50 percent more memory, and 25 percent more network bandwidth than previous generation M4 instances. To get started with the new Amazon EC2 instances, visit

“AWS continues to expand and enhance what was already the cloud’s broadest and most capable compute service,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, AWS Compute Services, AWS. “Most of our customers have diverse computing needs, and they’ve told us having the right instance for the right workload really matters. Today, we expand the options we give customers across three dimensions, introducing a brand new capability with Bare Metal instances for the I3 High I/O family, launching a new family of Storage Optimized instances designed for big data workloads with H1, and providing higher performance and lower prices for general purpose workloads with the launch of M5.”

  • Available today in preview, Amazon EC2 I3 Bare Metal instances are the first AWS instances to allow customer applications to run directly on the underlying hardware while still providing access to all the elasticity, scalability, and security of the cloud. Designed for workloads that are not virtualized, require specific types of hypervisors, or have licensing models that restrict virtualization, EC2 I3 Bare Metal instances give applications direct access to Intel Xeon E5-2686 v4 processors, 512 GiB of memory, 36 hyperthreaded cores, and 15.2 TB of local, SSD-based NVME storage. I3 Bare Metal instances are not simply repackaged bare metal servers—they provide all of the flexibility and capability customers have come to expect from EC2 instances, including support for attaching Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes, the ability to use Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) and security group settings, and the ability to use Elastic IP addresses or Elastic Load Balancers. Bare Metal instances are built on top of AWS’s innovative Nitro System, which includes AWS-engineered hardware that enables high performance and high availability through hardware offload cards, as well secure protection of the hardware and system software with a custom AWS Nitro security processor that is built directly onto the motherboard. As with all Amazon EC2 instances, customers can deploy applications to Bare Metal instances in minutes, and scale these applications up and down in seconds.

VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and services, and business mobility. “VMware and AWS have jointly engineered VMware Cloud on AWS, an on-demand VMware vSphere-based service, powered by VMware Cloud Foundation and optimized to run on Amazon EC2 Bare Metal instances,” said Mark Lohmeyer, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. “We are delivering a seamless hybrid cloud to enable our mutual customers to run their business-critical applications in a trusted VMware environment, while taking advantage of high-performance access to AWS services. Whether our mutual customers need on-demand capacity, want to migrate their applications to cloud, or use cloud for disaster recovery, Amazon EC2 Bare Metal instances have made it possible for us to offer an operationally consistent VMware environment both on premises and in AWS.”

  • Available today, H1 instances are a new family of Amazon EC2 Storage Optimized instances designed for popular big data and data-intensive workloads, including MapReduce, distributed file systems like HDFS and MapR-FS, network file systems, log or data processing applications like Apache Kafka, and big data clusters. Powered by 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon E5 2686 v4 (Broadwell) processors, H1 instances provide up to 64 vCPUs and 256 GiB of DRAM. With up to 16 TB of inexpensive, magnetic storage and Enhanced Networking that provides 25 Gbps of network bandwidth per instance, H1 instances are ideal for processing very large data sets. Compared to existing D2 (dense storage) instances, H1 instances provide more compute and memory per terabyte of magnetic disk, along with increased network bandwidth. This provides an optimal balance of resources that reduces costs for big data uses cases that require more processing power.
  • Available today, M5 instances are the next generation of Amazon EC2 General Purpose instances, powered by 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon Platinum 8000 series (Skylake-SP) processors. With Enhanced Networking, and a new larger instance size that provides up to 96 vCPUs and 384 GiB of memory, M5 instances have up to 50 percent more vCPUs, 50 percent more memory, and 25 percent more network bandwidth than M4, making them ideal for web and application servers, backend enterprise applications, gaming servers, caching fleets, and application development environments.

About Amazon Web Services

For more than 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 100 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, and application development, deployment, and management from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit

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