Amazon EC2 high memory instances become available for large in-memory databases



Amazon Web Services announced the availability of new High Memory instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Purpose built to run large in-memory databases, including production deployments of SAP HANA, Amazon EC2 High Memory instances deliver 6 TB, 9 TB, and 12 TB of memory, with 18 TB and 24 TB instances coming next year.

Combining the largest memory sizes available in the cloud with the agility and reliability of AWS, Amazon EC2 High Memory instances enable customers to scale their in-memory database deployments and seamlessly integrate them with the rest of AWS, including storage, networking, IoT, analytics and machine learning services.

EC2 High Memory instances allow running large in-memory databases in the same Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), where connected business applications relying on the database are running, reducing the management overhead associated with complex networking and ensuring predictable performance.

EC2 High Memory instances are EBS-Optimized by default, and offer 14 Gbps of dedicated storage bandwidth to encrypted and unencrypted EBS volumes. These instances deliver high networking throughput and low-latency with 25 Gbps of aggregate network bandwidth using Amazon Elastic Network Adapter (ENA)-based enhanced networking.

EC2 High Memory instances are the first Amazon EC2 instances powered by an 8-socket platform with latest generation Intel Xeon Platinum 8176M (Skylake) processors. Amazon EC2 High Memory instances are certified by SAP for running Business Suite on HANA, the next-generation Business Suite S/4HANA, Data Mart Solutions on HANA, Business Warehouse on HANA, and SAP BW/4HANA in production environments.

As enterprises continue to process increased amounts of real-time data to make faster business decisions, production deployments of in-memory databases continue to expand. In-memory databases process multiple terabytes of data on a single server in real time, requiring predictable memory scaling and low latency connections to the business logic hosted in the cloud for responsive application performance.

Customers making a shift to the cloud want to be able to run their large in-memory databases in the cloud and ultra-close to the rest of the services interacting with their in-memory databases. Some providers have tried to solve this by offering customers a hosted in-memory database on-premises or in a co-located data center.

The problem with this approach is that the extra networking required to connect the environment to the cloud compounds the cost, makes operating more complex, and adds application latency and variability. In contrast, with Amazon EC2’s 6 TB, 9 TB, and 12 TB High Memory instances, customers can run their in-memory databases in the cloud in the same Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) as the rest of their enterprise applications, enabling lower latency, operational simplicity, and more predictable performance.

“Amazon EC2 provides the most comprehensive selection of instances by far, giving customers the flexibility to select the right instance for the right workload today and into the future,” said Matt Garman, Vice President of Compute Services at AWS. “We have memory-optimized instances today, and they’ve proven quite popular with customers who want to run memory intensive applications, including in-memory databases. With 12 TB instances available in AWS, and 24 TB instances coming next year, Amazon EC2 High Memory instances give our customers the ability to scale their in-memory database with predictable performance in the same VPC as their other AWS services. Customers can grow their in-memory database and easily connect it to their storage, networking, analytics, IoT, and machine learning services – helping them make faster and better business decisions.”

Amazon EC2 High Memory instances are certified by SAP for running Business Suite on HANA, the next-generation Business Suite S/4HANA, Data Mart Solutions on HANA, Business Warehouse on HANA, and SAP BW/4HANA in production environments.

Amazon EC2 High Memory instances are available as bare metal instances on EC2 Dedicated Hosts, taking advantage of the innovation of the AWS Nitro System, a combination of purpose-built hardware and software components that provide the unparalleled performance, security, isolation, elasticity, and efficiency of the infrastructure that powers Amazon EC2 instances. These instances are powered by the latest generation Intel Xeon Scalable (Skylake) processors optimized for mission-critical enterprise workloads, and are the first ever EC2 instances to be offered on an 8-socket platform.

Amazon EC2 High Memory instances are available on a three-year reservation in the US East (N. Virginia) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) AWS regions, with availability in US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and AWS GovCloud (US-West) planned in the coming months.

 

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