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Amazon Web Services adds new High Memory Cluster instances

Amazon Web Services, the online retailer’s massively successful cloud computing arm, has announced the launch of High Memory Cluster instances. The new instance family promises to facilitate memory-intensive tasks such as database processing, caching, scientific computing and other applications that use up large amounts of memory.

According to Amazon Web Services, High Memory Clusters offer the least expensive Amazon cloud compute services, with a lower cost per GiB of memory than competing instances.

“Memory-intensive workloads such as real-time applications used by healthcare providers, social networking companies and advertising technology providers require large amounts of memory to maintain high-performance,” said Peter DeSantis, vice president of AWS’ Compute Services arm.

“We designed the High Memory Cluster instances specifically for these workloads, and this is the third instance family (along with High Storage instances and High I/O instances) launched in the past six months designed specifically for high performance applications,” DeSantis added.

The instances are powered by two Intel Xeon E5-2670 processors serving 88 EC2 units of computing capacity, with each EC2 Compute Unit offering the equivalent CPU capacity of a 1.0-1.2 GHz 2007 Opteron or 2007 Xeon processor. The High Memory Cluster instances also include 244 GiB of RAM and two 120 GB solid state drives.

The clusters are currently available in the eastern US, with other AWS regions due to have access to them in the next few months. The instances are available as On-Demand, Reserved or Spot instances via Amazon Web Services.

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