Amazon Web Services Launches M4 General-Purpose Instances

Businesses that need to handle workloads with a range of different demands have a selection of new cloud-based, general-purpose instances to choose from through Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS on Thursday announced the availability of M4 instances, a next-generation Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) offering.

Powered by custom 2.4-GHz Intel Xeon E5-2676 v3 Haswell processors, M4 instances are designed to support a variety of applications, including relational and in-memory databases, gaming servers, caching fleets, batch processing and business applications like SAP and Microsoft SharePoint, according to AWS.

In addition to announcing the new M4 instances, AWS also unveiled price reductions for its M3 and C4 on-demand and one-year reserved instances. The 5-percent price cuts are available through Amazon data centers in northern Virginia, northern California, Oregon, Ireland, Germany, Singapore, Australia and Japan.

'Balance of Compute, Memory and Network Resources'

"M4 instances bring new capabilities to the general purpose family through the use of a custom Intel Haswell processor and larger instance sizes," said Matt Garman, Vice President for Amazon EC2 at AWS. Coupled with enhanced bandwidth and networking 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," Garman added.

The new M4 instances also offer dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Block Store, along with enhanced networking for lower network latencies, lower network jitter and higher packet-per-second performance, according to AWS. With enhanced networking, the M4 instances can deliver up to four times the packet rate of instances without enhanced networking.

Amazon first launched a single instance type of EC2 in 2006, and has added numerous other instance types since then. The new M4 instances are available in five sizes ranging from two virtual CPUs with 8 GB of memory to 40 virtual CPUs with 160 GB of memory....

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