Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has announced the availability of I2 instances. These Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) storage-optimized high I/O instances are based on solid state disk (SSD) technology that would provide users with very high random I/O performance.
I2 instances would be able to deliver more processing power with the advances of the Intel Xeon E5-2670 v2 (formerly code-named Ivy Bridge-EP) processor, providing enhanced networking with lower latency, low jitter, and very high packet-per-second performance. I2 instances would be capable of delivering more than 365,000 random read Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and more than 315,000 random write IOPS across eight 800GB SSD instance storage volumes.
With these capabilities, I2 instances are well-suited for transactional systems, high-performance NoSQL databases like Cassandra and MongoDB, and other applications that benefit from very high disk I/O performance.
I2 instances are available in four instance sizes, with 4, 8, 16, and 32 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) respectively, and are initially available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions. I2 instances can be purchased as On-Demand or Reserved Instances.
To get started with I2 instances on Amazon EC2, visit: http://aws.amazon.com/ec2.