Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the availability of T2 cloud instances, a new instance type for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). T2 instances are now the lowest cost Amazon EC2 instance option designed for web servers, developer environments, and small databases.
AWS’ T2 instance type is designed to reduce costs for applications that do not require sustained high CPU performance.
“Some of our customers have requested instance types that optimize their performance and cost for applications that don’t use the full CPU capability frequently, but require the full CPU resources for short bursts,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2 at Amazon Web Services (AWS). “T2 instances address this need by providing a consistent baseline performance with the ability to burst to full CPU core performance – all at a very low cost.”
225.com, Red 5 Studios
Some examples of Amazon EC2 customers already utilizing T2 instances include 225am.com and Red 5 Studios.
225am.com is endeavoring to help students through the job acquisition process with a new CRM-like web application. “Our infrastructure needs are very basic at this stage of the company. We are hosting a landing page and a product demonstration for talking to potential customers and investors,” said Jim Medalia, Founder, 225am.com. “T2 instances will enable us to significantly reduce our out-of-pocket expenses for prototyping and demonstration. With T2 instances we are able to get the performance we need, when we need it, and we know that our costs will remain extremely low.”
Red 5 Studios is dedicated to bringing together millions of gamers across the world by creating immersive worlds, intriguing stories, and compelling characters. “We use AWS on our production servers for the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game Firefall,” said Jeffrey Berube, Director of Technical Operations, Red 5 Studios. “Internally, we have dozens of lightweight internal tools including project management and front-end interfaces for analyzing the massive amounts of data produced by our platform. These tools are cost centers for us, and they are typically idle until someone is using then to run queries or do updates.”
“Historically we’ve used the m1.small instance type,” added Berube. “Transitioning to T2 instances provide us with a higher-performance, lower-cost instance well suited for these workloads. We are re-evaluating the resource utilization of our fleet to see where we can use more of them.”
AWS customers can launch T2 instances using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS SDKs, AWS Marketplace, and third-party libraries. T2 instances are available in three instance sizes and are initially available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Australia (Sydney), and Brazil (Sao Paulo) regions.