Amazon Web Services announces AWS PrivateLink

  • New managed service allows SaaS application developers who build on AWS to offer private endpoints as an additional option for accessing their service, increasing security for end customers by eliminating the need to expose data to the public Internet
  • Aqua Security, Autodesk, CA Technologies, Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud, Dynatrace, Salesforce, SigOpt, Snowflake, and Twilio are among the SaaS providers who are or will be using AWS PrivateLink to enhance the security, privacy, and performance of their applications running on AWS
  • AWS PrivateLink also makes it easy for customers to connect services across different accounts and VPCs within their organization to simplify their network architecture

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 28, 2017) at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced that customers can now use AWS PrivateLink to access third-party SaaS applications from their Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) without exposing their VPC to the public Internet. Customers can also use AWS PrivateLink to connect services across different accounts and VPCs within their own organizations, significantly simplifying their internal network architecture. To get started with AWS PrivateLink visit: https://aws.amazon.com/vpc/details/.

Since the introduction of Amazon VPC in 2009, AWS customers have been able to define and control private, secure networks without having to invest in and manage a VPN infrastructure. The vast majority of Amazon EC2 instances now run in Amazon VPCs, and many customers rely on the ability to limit access to their VPC from the Internet as a critical component of their security. However, this presents a challenge when using third-party SaaS applications, as customers often have to make a choice between allowing Internet access from their VPC in order to access these SaaS applications, or not using them at all. With AWS PrivateLink, customers can now connect their VPCs to third-party services in a secure and scalable manner. Earlier this month, AWS introduced the ability for customers to access AWS services over AWS PrivateLink. Now, AWS has extended AWS PrivateLink to support non-AWS services so that customers no longer have to choose between using a third-party SaaS offering or exposing their critical data to the Internet. Traffic between a customer’s VPC and a AWS PrivateLink-powered service stays within the AWS network and doesn’t traverse the Internet, reducing threat vectors such as “brute force” and distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Services supported on AWS PrivateLink are delivered using private IP connectivity and security groups, and function like services that are hosted directly on a customer’s private network.

“We have seen a growing desire from our enterprise customers to move from traditional on-premises applications to SaaS offerings hosted in the cloud. However, we have also heard that adoption of many SaaS offerings is limited by customers’ desire not to expose their data to the Internet. With AWS PrivateLink, customers now have a way to access third-party services over their dedicated AWS network,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Compute Services, AWS. “With AWS PrivateLink, it has never been easier or more secure for our customers to use SaaS applications within their AWS environment.”

When customers use AWS PrivateLink to connect to SaaS applications like Twilio or Snowflake, their exposure to common security threats is significantly reduced. “At Twilio, we care about the security of our customers. As part of our Twilio Interconnect offering, AWS PrivateLink will provide another option for our customers, whether they are running on AWS or on-premises, to establish secure and private connections directly to the Twilio cloud,” said Richard Seiersen, CISO and VP of Trust, Twilio. “AWS PrivateLink complements the investments we have made to meet the security and compliance needs of our customers.”

“Snowflake continues to drive innovation by offering fast, affordable and secure data warehouse solutions,” said Matt Glickman, Vice President of Product Management, Snowflake. “One of the key concerns our enterprise customers have is how to securely transmit data in the cloud. By embracing AWS PrivateLink, Snowflake can now offer customers an end-to-end solution to securely access their data without ever having to go over the public Internet.”

Combining the developer experience coders love with the trust and infrastructure services big companies need, Heroku is the leading platform for building transformative enterprise apps, fast. “Customers are increasingly building applications that span both Heroku and existing AWS resources – all while leveraging AWS to extend Salesforce deployments,” said Adam Gross, SVP of Heroku at Salesforce. “AWS PrivateLink is a secure new way for joint Salesforce and AWS users to harness customer data and build applications with speed and speed.”

Using AWS Marketplace, customers can easily discover SaaS products that support AWS PrivateLink. AWS Marketplace features a wide range of AWS PrivateLink-enabled products, many of which are available today with many more coming soon. Sellers that will be supporting AWS PrivateLink include Aqua Security, CA Technologies, Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud, Dynatrace, and SigOpt.

SigOpt is a SaaS optimization platform that amplifies research by taking customers’ research pipeline and tuning it, right in place, from machine learning and data science to manufacturing and process engineering. “Last month, we announced the availability of SigOpt on AWS,” said Scott Clark, Co-founder and CEO, SigOpt. “Today, we are doubling down on our collaboration with AWS through AWS PrivateLink. With AWS PrivateLink, customers can now use SigOpt from a custom, secure endpoint within their Amazon VPCs. This allows SigOpt to function as if the service were available in customers’ own networks, while maintaining all of the benefits that make our SaaS solution so great.”

AWS PrivateLink will make it easier for customers like Autodesk to manage their growing network as a series of smaller and interconnected VPCs. “At Autodesk, we have hundreds of developer teams using their own accounts and VPCs for building products and services,” said Reeny Sondhi, Chief of Product Security, Autodesk. “AWS PrivateLink will give our developers an easy, secure, and scalable way to enable private connectivity for shared services and microservices across different accounts and VPCs. We are excited to use a solution that will deliver higher agility in product development and improved security posture at the same time.”

Availability

AWS PrivateLink is generally available today in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (London), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific(Tokyo) and South America (São Paulo) regions.

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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 https://aws.amazon.com.

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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 Amazon.com 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 https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/.

“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 https://aws.amazon.com.

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Amazon Web Services announces the availability of C5 instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

New generation of compute optimized instances includes latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Skylake-SP) and custom hardware to deliver a 25 percent improvement in price-performance

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 6, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced the availability of C5 instances, the next generation of compute optimized instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Designed for compute-heavy applications like batch processing, distributed analytics, high-performance computing (HPC), ad serving, highly scalable multiplayer gaming, and video encoding, C5 instances feature 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Skylake-SP) up to 72 vCPUs, and 144 GiB of memory—twice the vCPUs and memory of previous generation C4 instances—providing the best price-performance of any Amazon EC2 instance. To get started with C5 instances, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/c5/.

Optimized to deliver the right combination of CPU, memory, storage, and networking capacity for a wide range of workloads, all latest generation Amazon EC2 instance families—including C5—feature AWS hardware acceleration that delivers consistent, high performance, low latency networking and storage resources. C5 instances provide networking through the Elastic Network Adapter (ENA), a scalable network interface built by AWS to provide direct access to its networking hardware. Additional dedicated hardware and network bandwidth for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) enables C5 instances to offer high performance storage through the scalable NVM Express (NVMe) interface. C5 instances introduce a new, lightweight hypervisor that allows applications to use practically all of the compute and memory resources of a server, delivering reduced cost and even better performance. C5 instances are available in six sizes—with the four smallest instance sizes offering substantially more Amazon EBS and network bandwidth than the previous generation of compute optimized instances.

“Customers have been happily using Amazon EC2’s unmatched selection of instances for more than 11 years, yet they’ll always take higher and more consistent performance if it could be offered in a cost-effective way. One of the challenges in taking this next step is how to leverage the cost efficiency of virtualization while consuming hardly any overhead for it,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS. “We’ve been working on an innovative way to do this that comes to fruition with Amazon EC2 C5 instances. Equipped with our new cloud-optimized hypervisor, C5 instances set a new standard for consistent, high-performance cloud computing, eliminating practically any virtualization overhead through custom AWS hardware, and delivering a 25 percent improvement in compute price-performance over C4 instances—with some customers reporting improvements of well over 50 percent.”

Netflix is the world’s leading internet television network with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day. “In our testing, we saw significant performance improvement on Amazon EC2 C5, with up to a 140 percent performance improvement in industry standard CPU benchmarks over C4,” said Amer Ather, Cloud Performance Architect at Netflix. “The 15 percent price reduction in C5 will deliver a compelling price-performance improvement over C4.”

iPromote provides digital advertising solutions to 40,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). “iPromote processes billions of ad serving bid transactions every day,” said Matt Silva, COO at iPromote. “During testing, C5 instances improved our application’s request execution time by over 50 percent and significantly improved our network performance overall.”

Grail is a life sciences company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. “Our platform processes a huge amount of DNA sequencing data to detect faint tumor DNA signals in a sea of background noise,” said Cos Nicolaou, Head of Technology at Grail. “We are eager to migrate onto the AVX-512 enabled c5.18xlarge instance size. With this change, we expect to decrease the processing time of some of our key workloads by more than 30 percent.”

Alces Flight Compute makes it easy for researchers to spin up High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters of any size on AWS. “With the support for AVX-512, the new c5.18xlarge instance provides a 200 percent improvement in FLOPS compared to the largest C4 instance,” said Wil Mayers, Director of Research and Development for Alces. “This will reduce the execution time of the scientific models that our customers run on the Alces Flight platform. The larger c5.18xlarge size with 72vCPUs reduces the number of instances in the cluster, and has a direct benefit for our user base on both price and performance dimensions.”

Rescale enables customers in the aerospace, automotive, life sciences and energy sectors to run utility supercomputers using AWS. “C5 fully supports NVMe and is ideal for the I/O intensive HPC workloads seen on Rescale’s ScaleX® platform,” Ryan Kaneshiro, Chief Architect at Rescale, said. “C5’s higher clock speed and AVX-512 instruction set will allow our customers to run their CAE simulations significantly faster than on C4 instances.”

Customers can purchase Amazon EC2 C5 instances as On-demand, Reserved, or Spot instances. C5 instances are generally available today in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon) and, EU (Ireland) regions, with support for additional regions coming soon. They are available in six sizes with 2, 4, 8, 16, 36, and 72 vCPUs.

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, 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 https://aws.amazon.com.

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Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Web Services announced the availability of G3 instances

Next generation of high-performance graphics acceleration instances offers the most CPU and memory in the cloud for 3D rendering and virtual reality applications

SEATTLE, 2017-Jul-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jul. 14, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced the availability of G3 instances, the next generation of GPU-powered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances designed to make it easy to procure a powerful combination of central processing (CPU) and random-access memory (RAM) for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications. Backed by NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs, G3 instances offer double the CPU power per GPU, and double the host memory per GPU, than the most powerful GPU cloud instance available today. To get started with G3 instances, visit https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/.

Customers running complex modeling and 3D visualization analyses, such as medical image processing, computer-aided design, and seismic visualization jobs, require significant CPU processing power and memory. To offer the best performance for these graphics-intensive applications, the largest G3 instance offers twice the CPU power and eight times the host memory of the previous generation graphics instance (G2). The g3.16xlarge features four NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPUs with 64 CPUs using the latest custom Intel Xeon E5-2686v4 (Broadwell) processors, 488 GB of RAM, and Enhanced Networking using the Amazon EC2 Elastic Network Adaptor. The G3 instance also features two Amazon EC2 “firsts” to speed video frame processing and improve image fidelity for graphics workloads: support for NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation capabilities, including the ability to support four monitors with resolutions of up to 4K (4096 x 2160), and hardware encoding to support up to 10 H.265 (HEVC) 1080p30 streams per GPU.

“AWS was the first to offer cloud instances customized for graphics-intensive applications. In 2010, we launched the CG1 instance type to provide a cost-effective, high-performance instance for graphics-heavy applications, and today, G3, our third generation GPU-powered instance, serves the most demanding graphics workloads such as 3D rendering and data visualization,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2. “Today, AWS provides the broadest range of cloud instance types to support a wide variety of workloads. Customers have told us that having the ability to choose the right instance for the right workload enables them to operate more efficiently and go to market faster, which is why we continue to innovate to better support any workload.”

BeBop Technology delivers specialized cloud-based services used by the world’s leading media companies and movie studios. “At BeBop, we help customers migrate to a cloud-based environment and integrate the cloud into their existing editorial and post-production workflows,” said David Benson, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of BeBop Technology. “The advanced graphics features of Amazon EC2 G3 instances help our customers edit their work with the same quality and fidelity they would expect from a local workstation, and deliver results faster and much more cost effectively than previously possible.”

Landmark, a Halliburton business line, is the leading technology solutions provider of data and analytics, science, software, and services for the exploration and production industry. “Landmark’s DecisionSpace 365, the industry’s first end-to-end E&P SaaS solution, is empowering oil and gas companies to make the shift to cloud where they’re experiencing breakthroughs in efficiency across the E&P lifecycle,” said Chandra Yeleshwarapu, Global Head of Services and Cloud at Landmark. “The E&P Cloud is increasingly complex with very large datasets, 3D, dynamic algorithms, security, and global reach. The large memory and powerful GPUs within Amazon EC2 G3 instances enable Landmark to deliver value to our clients in ways that were not possible before.”

ZeroLight is a leading omnichannel visualization platform for the automotive industry. “Our real-time 3D car configurators allow new and returning customers to visualize every part of their vehicle to an extremely high standard, allowing them to make more informed purchase decisions,” said Darren Jobling, Chief Executive Officer of ZeroLight. “Amazon EC2 G3 instances will enable us to continue to deliver our unique, real-time, high-quality 3D experiences for automotive customers through every channel. With the increased rendering performance of G3, we will be able to build upon ZeroLight’s current cloud solution, adding new features to our online experiences that deliver higher basket value potential.”

Customers can launch G3 instances using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS SDKs, and third-party libraries. G3 instances are available in three instance sizes: g3.4xlarge, g3.8xlarge, and g3.16xlarge. G3 instances are available in US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), AWS GovCloud (US), and EU (Ireland), and will expand to additional Regions in the coming months.

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 43 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 https://aws.amazon.com.

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Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Amazon Web Services announces availability of P2 instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

SEATTLE, 2016-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today (Sep. 30, 2016) announced the availability of P2 instances, a new GPU instance type for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) designed for compute-intensive applications that require massive parallel floating point performance, including artificial intelligence, computational fluid dynamics, computational finance, seismic analysis, molecular modeling, genomics, and rendering. With up to 16 NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPUs, P2 instances are the most powerful GPU instances available in the cloud. To get started with P2 instances, visit http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/p2/.

P2 instances allow customers to build and deploy compute-intensive applications using the CUDA parallel computing platform or the OpenCL framework without up-front capital investments. To offer the best performance for these high performance computing applications, the largest P2 instance offers 16 GPUs with a combined 192 Gigabytes (GB) of video memory, 40,000 parallel processing cores, 70 teraflops of single precision floating point performance, over 23 teraflops of double precision floating point performance, and GPUDirect technology for higher bandwidth and lower latency peer-to-peer communication between GPUs. P2 instances also feature up to 732 GB of host memory, up to 64 vCPUs using custom Intel Xeon E5-2686 v4 (Broadwell) processors, dedicated network capacity for I/O operation, and enhanced networking through the Amazon EC2 Elastic Network Adaptor.

“Two years ago, we launched G2 instances to support customers running graphics and compute-intensive applications,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2. “Today, as customers embrace heavier GPU compute workloads such as artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, and big data processing, they need even higher GPU performance than what was previously available. P2 instances offer seven times the computational capacity for single precision floating point calculations and 60 times more for double precision floating point calculations than the largest G2 instance, providing the best performance for compute-intensive workloads such as financial simulations, energy exploration and scientific computing.”

Clarifai provides image and video recognition APIs for some of the world’s most innovative companies. “Deep learning plays a central role in our image and video classification APIs, and high performance GPUs in the AWS Cloud can vastly accelerate inference for our algorithms,” said Matthew Zeiler, CEO, Clarifai. “Amazon EC2 P2 instances will give us the agility to scale up to serving numerous models in parallel, delivering results faster than previously possible without massive capital expenditures, un-utilized hardware, and large data transfers. We will be able to leverage the massive aggregate single precision floating point processing capability of Amazon EC2 P2 instances to reduce inference times for our customers, and substantially reduce the cost of processing.”

Altair Engineering empowers innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management, and visualization of business and engineering information. “Simulation technology is at the core of Altair’s business and with our GPU solver partner FluiDyna GmbH, we’ve made significant investments in domain decomposition to optimize our computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, nanoFluidX, for multi-GPU scaling for increased performance and reduced cost,” said Stephen Cosgrove, Director of CFD, Altair. “We’re able to leverage the massive amount of aggregate GPU memory and double precision floating point performance in Amazon EC2 P2 instances to fit more simulations into a single node, significantly reduce customer simulation times, and reduce the cost of running large simulations.”

MathWorks, the leading developer of mathematical computing software, helps millions of engineers, scientists, researchers, and students around the world analyze and design systems and products that are transforming the world. “MATLAB users moving their analytics and simulation workloads onto the AWS Cloud require their analyses to be processed quickly,” said Silvina Grad-Freilich, Senior Product Manager, MathWorks. “The massive parallel floating point performance of Amazon EC2 P2 instances, combined with up to 64 vCPUs and 732 GB host memory, will enable customers to realize results faster and process larger datasets than was previously possible.”

MapD is a GPU database for interactive SQL querying and visualization of multi-billion record datasets. “As the leader in GPU-powered databases and visual analytics applications, we are deeply invested in the emergence of large, cloud-based GPU instances and P2 is the most powerful we have seen,” said Todd Mostak, CEO and Founder, MapD. “Our performance on Amazon EC2 P2 instances is exceptional. On a dollar-to-dollar basis across a set of standard SQL benchmarks, MapD is 78 times faster on Amazon EC2 P2 instances than CPU-based solutions. Furthermore, these speedups were seen over multi-billion row datasets, speaking directly to our ability to deliver performance at scale with these instances. With this launch, our customers can now query and visualize billions of rows of data within milliseconds while enjoying the flexibility, scalability and reliability they have come to expect from AWS.”

Sonus delivers intelligent and secure, cloud optimized solutions for real time communications used by the world’s leading service providers and enterprises. “Real time communications are rapidly evolving, and they require transcoding between formats for use on multiple devices,” said Mykola Konrad, Vice President, Product Management and Marketing, Sonus. “GPUs are becoming more of a disruptor for transcoding services and they offer a cost effective solution for scaling our Session Border Controller application in the cloud. Because of our collaboration with AWS, Sonus has developed the industry’s first GPU optimized session border controller by leveraging the GPU parallel computing power and Enhanced Networking of Amazon EC2 P2 instances, which decreases network costs for our customers.”

Customers can launch P2 instances using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS SDKs, and third-party libraries. P2 instances are available in three instance sizes: p2.16xlarge with 16 GPUs, p2.8xlarge with 8 GPUs, and p2.xlarge with 1 GPU. P2 instances are available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) Regions.

Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) from AWS, NVIDIA, and other sellers are available in the AWS Marketplace to help customers get started within minutes. The AWS Deep Learning AMI comes preinstalled with MXNet and Caffe deep learning frameworks to enable customers to reduce model training time from weeks to hours. It also lets them experiment with artificial intelligence without making large upfront capital expenditures. The AMI from NVIDIA includes pre-installed drivers and the CUDA toolkit. It’s designed for developers working on a range of GPU-intensive workloads.

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