Is the New AWS High I/O Instance the solution to your Big Data needs?

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) provides the flexibility to choose from a number of different instance types. Each instance provides a predictable amount of dedicated compute capacity and is charged per instance-hour consumed.

Deepak Singh talks about the new High I/O  Instance

The new High I/O EC2 Quadruple Extra Large Instance Type – hi1.4xlarge – provides very high instance storage I/O performance and is ideally suited for many high performance database workloads.

High I/O instances are backed by 2 TB of Solid State Drives (SSD), and also provide high levels of CPU, memory and network performance.

  • 60.5 GB of memory
  • 35 EC2 Compute Units (16 virtual cores*)
  • 2 SSD-based volumes each with 1024 GB of instance storage
  • 64-bit platform
  • I/O Performance: Very High (10 Gigabit Ethernet)
  • Storage I/O Performance: Very High**
  • EBS-Optimized Available: No***
  • API name: hi1.4xlarge
  • *8 cores + 8 hyperthreads for 16 virtual cores

News International on AWS

News International, publishers of The Sun, The Times and Sunday Times uses AWS to power its digital services and platforms across the web, mobile and tablet. With AWS, News International has built a scalable, high speed transactional platform that has improved both customer experience and created an increased ability to drive incremental sales of its products.

“Michael Wasser, Founder of Raveld a startup in Seattle, talks about how he is using AWS products to run his business and help companies to cut operational costs.

Michael built Raveld after finding that his consulting customers were exceeding their cloud computing budgets due to a lack of insight into the resources they were using and what those resources were used for.

He runs the entire site on four EC2 instances. Interestingly enough, two of the instances (one front end and one back end) are acquired on the EC2 Spot market. The total cost of the four instances and an Elastic Load Balancer is less than $300 per month”.

With “Everything-as-a-Service” the new High I/O EC2 Quadruple Extra Large Instance Type – hi1.4xlarge introduces a new take on the existing service offering  “STaaS – Storage-as-a-Service”.

The difference between providing small and medium sized Businesses with backup facilities and the new High I/O instance is the capability to support high performance database workloads and ever increasing information volumes that require time sensitive processing.

As the guys from News international comment AWS EC2 provides them with the ability to tap into infrastructure and flex up very quickly to meet their information processing needs. This can be achieved with a significant reduction in Capex on Big Tin.

I include the Michael Wasser story because he is a small operator who is “Acting Big” by consuming AWS services for less than $10 per day.  How good is that?


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