Amazon Web Services Launches New SSD-based Storage Volume Type

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), the cloud hosting provider that powers hundreds of thousands of enterprise, government and startup customers in 190 countries around the world, has announced the availability of a new SSD-based volume type for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS). General Purpose (SSD) volume would deliver high-performance storage at a low cost.

amazon-awsThe new General Purpose (SSD) volumes are engineered to provide predictable performance for a broad range of workloads, including personal productivity, small to medium-sized databases, test and development environments, and boot volumes.

The volume type would provide the ability to burst to 3,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) per volume, independent of volume size, to meet the performance needs of most applications and also deliver a consistent baseline of three IOPS per gigabyte. Users only pay for the storage they provision, with no additional charges for I/O (input/output).

The General Purpose (SSD) volumes introduced now are designed to support the vast majority of persistent storage workloads and are the new default Amazon EBS volume.

Amazon EBS Volume types

Users can still opt for two other Amazon EBS volume types to meet the needs of their workloads: Provisioned IOPS (SSD), and Magnetic volumes. 

  • Provisioned IOPS (SSD) volumes are designed for I/O-intensive applications such as large relational or NoSQL databases where performance consistency and low latency are critical. With Provisioned IOPS (SSD) volumes, customers choose the amount of IOPS they require, up to 48,000 IOPS per Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, and they only have to provision and pay for the storage they need.
  • Magnetic volumes, formerly known as Standard volumes, provide the lowest cost per gigabyte of all Amazon EBS volume types and are ideal for workloads where data is accessed less often and the absolute lowest storage cost is paramount.

“Customers have been using Amazon EBS since 2008 to run their most demanding applications and databases on AWS,” said Peter De Santis, Vice President, Compute at Amazon Web Services. “In 2012, we introduced Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes, providing customers with access to SSD technology for their most demanding workloads. With the introduction of EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes, SSD technology can now be applied to a much broader range of use cases at a lower cost while also delivering high IOPS, low latency, and high bandwidth.”

Customers can launch General Purpose (SSD) volumes using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or AWS SDKs. Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes are available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Brazil (Sao Paulo) Regions.