Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN),
today announced the availability of a new SSD-backed volume type for
Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) that delivers high-performance
storage at a low cost. Designed for five nines of availability, General
Purpose (SSD) volumes are engineered to provide predictable performance
for a broad range of workloads, including personal productivity, small
to medium-sized databases, test and development environments, and boot
volumes. General Purpose (SSD) volumes provide the ability to burst to
3,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) per volume, independent
of volume size, to meet the performance needs of most applications and
also deliver a consistent baseline of three IOPS per gigabyte. Customers
only pay for the storage they provision, with no additional charges for
I/O (input/output), and prices start at $0.10/GB. To get started with
General Purpose (SSD) volumes, visit http://aws.amazon.com/ebs.
Customers can now choose between three Amazon EBS volume types to best
meet the needs of their workloads: General Purpose (SSD), Provisioned
IOPS (SSD), and Magnetic volumes. The General Purpose (SSD) volumes
introduced today are designed to support the vast majority of persistent
storage workloads and are the new default Amazon EBS volume. Provisioned
IOPS (SSD) volumes are designed for I/O-intensive applications such as
large relational or NoSQL databases where performance consistency and
low latency are critical. With Provisioned IOPS (SSD) volumes, customers
choose the amount of IOPS they require, up to 48,000 IOPS per Amazon
Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, and they only have to
provision and pay for the storage they need. Magnetic volumes, formerly
known as Standard volumes, provide the lowest cost per gigabyte of all
Amazon EBS volume types and are ideal for workloads where data is
accessed less often and the absolute lowest storage cost is paramount.
"Customers have been using Amazon EBS since 2008 to run their most
demanding applications and databases on AWS. We continue to iterate on
the service to support the evolving needs of our customers," said Peter
De Santis, Vice President, Compute at Amazon Web Services. "In 2012, we
introduced Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes, providing custoers with
access to SSD technology for their most demanding workloads. With the
introduction of EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes today, SSD technology
can now be applied to a much broader range of use cases at a lower cost
while also delivering high IOPS, low latency, and high bandwidth."
Infor is one of the world's leading providers of Enterprise Software,
with more than 70,000 customers worldwide. "Using AWS, Infor is able to
significantly reduce upfront capital expenditure for our customers and
speed their time to value by quickly deploying our software in the
cloud," said Brian Rose, Senior Vice President at Infor Labs. "After
experiencing high performance with Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD)
volumes during the beta, we're able to achieve higher baseline I/O
performance and to support periodic spikes in the application workload
that deliver a consistent experience to service the high expectations of
our enterprise users."
MongoLab is a fully managed MongoDB database service that powers over
100,000 databases worldwide. "Our business requires us to maintain
databases that require many thousands of IOPS to meet our customers'
performance needs," said Will Shulman, CEO at MongoLab. "In testing,
Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes have proven that they can
provide the high performance that our customers need while
simultaneously offering exceptional price/performance. The burst
capabilities are impressive and great for bulk data loads and exports.
Once we roll these out we think that our customers will be very pleased
with the improvements to throughput and latency across our
Acquia provides digital engagement solutions that equip businesses for
success. "We are very impressed with the performance improvements we saw
from the Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) storage after participating in
the beta," said Andrew Kenney, Vice President, Platform Engineering at
Acquia. "With these new volume types we can greatly improve application
load times and reliability and we're excited to be able to offer this
option to our customers."
Bracket Computing has developed a software-based service that
re-imagines enterprise computing. "Today we use Amazon EBS Magnetic
volumes for our service's build infrastructure, but keeping pace with
new technologies is key for us," said Rob Enns, Vice President,
Engineering at Bracket Computing. "So, when we were offered the
opportunity to use Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes as part of
the beta, we jumped at it. We're really impressed with the I/O
performance. These new Amazon EBS volume types are already cutting
workload runtimes by nearly half."
Customers can launch General Purpose (SSD) volumes using the AWS
Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or AWS SDKs.
General Purpose (SSD) volumes are available in the US East (N.
Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), Asia
Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and
Brazil (Sao Paulo) Regions. For more information on Amazon EBS General
Purpose (SSD) volumes, visit: http://aws.amazon.com/ebs.
About Amazon Web Services
Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services, Inc. began exposing key
infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services -- now
widely known as cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud
computing, and AWS, is the ability to leverage a new business model and
turn capital infrastructure expenses into variable costs. Businesses no
longer need to plan and procure servers and other IT resources weeks or
months in advance. Using AWS, businesses can take advantage of Amazon's
expertise and economies of scale to access resources when their business
needs them, delivering results faster and at a lower cost. Today, Amazon
Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost
infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands
of enterprise, government and startup customers businesses in 190
countries around the world. Amazon Web Services offers over 30 different
services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon
Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Relational Database
Service (Amazon RDS). AWS Cloud services are available to customers from
data center locations in the U.S., Brazil, Europe, Japan, Singapore,
Australia and China.
Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided
by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus,
passion for invention, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click
shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon,
AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire, and Fire TV are some of the
products and services pioneered by Amazon.
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