Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has announced M4 instances, the next generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) General Purpose cloud instances. M4 instances would deliver significant processing power with custom 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2676 v3 Haswell processors.
The new M3 cloud instances also offer dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), and provide Enhanced Networking for higher packet per second (PPS) performance, lower network jitter, and lower network latencies. M4 with Enhanced Networking would deliver up to 4 times the packet rate of instances without Enhanced Networking, while ensuring consistent latency, even when under high network IO.
M4 instances are well-suited for a wide variety of applications including relational and in-memory databases, gaming servers, caching fleets, batch processing, and business applications like SAP and Microsoft SharePoint.
AWS Management Console
Customers can launch M4 instances using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS SDKs, and third-party libraries. M4 is available in five different instance sizes ranging from 2 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) with 8 GB of memory (m4.large) to 40 vCPUs and 160 GB of memory (m4.10xlarge), and are available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), EU West (Germany), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions.
“Amazon EC2 provides a comprehensive selection of instances to support virtually any workload, and we continue to deliver new technologies and high performance in our current generation instances,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS. “M4 instances bring new capabilities to the General Purpose family through the use of a custom Intel Haswell processor and larger instance sizes. We are also pleased to deliver even better network performance with dedicated bandwidth to Amazon EBS and Enhanced Networking, an Amazon EC2 feature that we are providing, for the first time, to General Purpose Instances. With these capabilities, M4 is one of our most powerful instance types and a terrific choice for workloads requiring a balance of compute, memory, and network resources.”