Amazon Web Services Introduces New Amazon EC2 High Storage Instance Family

  Amazon Web Services Introduces New Amazon EC2 High Storage Instance Family

 Latest Amazon EC2 instance family provides large amounts of direct attached
                   storage for data intensive applications

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- December 21, 2012

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today
announced High Storage instances, a new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon
EC2) instance family optimized for applications requiring fast access to large
amounts of data. These new instances provide customers with 35 EC2 Compute
Units (ECUs) of compute capacity, 117 GiB of RAM, 48 TB of storage across 24
hard disk drives, and are capable of delivering more than 2.4 GB per second of
sequential I/O performance. With large amounts of direct attached storage per
instance, these High Storage instances are ideal for data-intensive
applications including Hadoop workloads, log processing and data warehousing,
and parallel file systems to process and analyze large data sets in the AWS
Cloud. To get started with Amazon EC2 and High Storage instances, visit

“As customers move every imaginable workload to AWS, we continue to provide
them with additional instance families to meet the requirements of their
applications,” said Peter De Santis, Vice President of Amazon EC2. “High
Storage instances are the 9th Amazon EC2 instance family and join Cluster
Compute instances and High I/O instances as instance families designed to
enhance the performance and efficiency of customers' most demanding
applications. These new instances also power Amazon Redshift, a new petabyte
scale data warehousing service, and will be very important for customers using
Amazon Elastic MapReduce to process large quantities of data.”

“We’re very excited about the introduction of High Storage instances. These
instances significantly lower the cost of processing large data sets with
Elastic MapReduce," said John Schroeder, CEO of MapR Technologies. "MapR’s M3
and M5 Hadoop distributions offer enterprise-grade Hadoop features such as
high availability, data snapshotting, mirroring across availability zones, and
NFS mounts. High Storage instances are ideal for these distributions,
available through Amazon Elastic MapReduce, as they provide customers a
low-cost way to quickly and easily process their large data sets.”

Customers can launch High Storage instances using the AWS Management Console,
Amazon EC2 and Amazon Elastic MapReduce Command Line Interface, AWS SDKs, and
third party libraries. High Storage instances are currently available in the
US East (N. Virginia) Region and will be made available in other AWS Regions
in the coming months. Customers can purchase High Storage instances as
On-Demand or Reserved instances. For more information on Amazon EC2 and High
Storage instances, visit

About Amazon Web Services

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began exposing key infrastructure
services to businesses in the form of web services -- now widely known as
cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud computing, and AWS, is the
ability to leverage a new business model and turn capital infrastructure
expenses into variable costs. Businesses no longer need to plan and procure
servers and other IT resources weeks or months in advance. Using AWS,
businesses can take advantage of Amazon's expertise and economies of scale to
access resources when their business needs them, delivering results faster and
at a lower cost. Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable,
scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds
of thousands of enterprise, government and startup customers businesses in 190
countries around the world. AWS offers over 30 different services, including
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service
(Amazon S3) and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). AWS services
are available to customers from data center locations in the U.S., Brazil,
Europe, Japan, Singapore and Australia.

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