Amazon Web Services Announces Availability of New High I/O Amazon EC2 Instance Type

  Amazon Web Services Announces Availability of New High I/O Amazon EC2
  Instance Type

   New storage-optimized instance delivers more processing power, enhanced
                     networking, and high I/O performance

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- December 20, 2013

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today
announced the availability of I2 instances, the next generation of Amazon
Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) storage-optimized high I/O instances based
on solid state disk (SSD) technology that provides customers with very high
random I/O performance. I2 instances deliver more processing power with the
advances of the Intel® Xeon® E5-2670 v2 (formerly code-named Ivy Bridge-EP)
processor, provide enhanced networking with lower latency, low jitter, and
very high packet-per-second performance, and are capable of delivering more
than 365,000 random read Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and more
than 315,000 random write IOPS across eight 800GB SSD instance storage
volumes. With these capabilities, I2 instances are well-suited for
transactional systems, high-performance NoSQL databases like Cassandra and
MongoDB, and other applications that benefit from very high disk I/O
performance. To get started with I2 instances on Amazon EC2, visit
http://aws.amazon.com/ec2.

“Many of our customers are running storage-optimized Amazon EC2 HI1 instances
today for applications that benefit from very high random I/O performance.
Customers have told us that they not only wanted even more high I/O
performance, but also wanted smaller instance size options for their smaller
database fleets,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2. “I2 instances
address these customer requests by enabling even better I/O performance,
higher IOPS, more processing power, enhanced networking, and twice the memory
of HI1 instances. Additionally, I2 instances come in more varied instance
sizes than HI1 instances, ranging from 4 to 32 virtual CPUs.”

“As an organization that delivers scalable and powerful backends for our
customers’ mobile and web applications, we are excited for the availability of
I2 instances and their powerful performance capabilities. We host 180,000
applications on Parse using MongoDB and Cassandra and these applications need
high memory and high IOPS. We have been eagerly awaiting I2 instances since we
first learned of their IOPS benchmarks at AWS re:Invent and believe that these
instances will seriously boost our ability to run large-scale, complex
database deployments in Amazon EC2,” said Charity Majors, Operations Tech
Lead, Parse.

“As a real-time analytics platform for the digital advertising space,
Metamarkets enables buyers, sellers, and ad marketplaces to understand and
visualize large quantities of data. For our distributed, memory-mapped
database that serves tens of terabytes of data, we currently use several HI1
instances for their fast I/O, high storage density, and high memory benefits.
With more IOPS, twice the memory, and high-frequency Intel® Xeon® E5
processors, I2 instances have shown significant benefits in our internal
benchmarks and are attractive for us to migrate to,” said Patrick McBride,
Head of Technical Operations, Metamarkets.

Customers can launch I2 instances using the AWS Management Console, AWS
Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS SDKs, and third-party libraries. I2
instances are available in four instance sizes, with 4, 8, 16, and 32 virtual
CPUs (vCPUs) respectively, and are initially available in the US East (N.
Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (N. California), EU (Ireland), Asia
Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions.
I2 instances can be purchased as On-Demand or Reserved Instances. For more
information on Amazon EC2 and I2 Instances, visit http://aws.amazon.com/ec2.

About Amazon Web Services

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services, Inc. 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. Amazon Web Services 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 Cloud services are available to customers from data center locations
in the U.S., Brazil, Europe, Japan, Singapore, Australia and China.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle,
opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest
Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company,
where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online,
and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com
and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in
categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads;
Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel,
Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto &
Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with
access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end
technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of
business. Kindle Paperwhite is the world’s best-selling and most advanced
e-reader. It features new display technology with higher contrast, the next
generation built-in light, a faster processor, the latest touch technology,
and exclusive new features designed from the ground up for readers. Kindle,
the lightest and smallest Kindle, features improved fonts and faster page
turns. The new Kindle Fire HDX features a stunning exclusive 7” or 8.9” HDX
display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 2x more memory, and 11 hours of
battery life, as well as exclusive new features of Fire OS 3.0 including X-Ray
for Music, Second Screen, Prime Instant Video downloads, and the revolutionary
new Mayday button. The all-new Kindle Fire HD includes an HD display,
high-performance processor and dual speakers at a breakthrough price.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com,
www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr,
www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.cn, www.amazon.it, www.amazon.es, www.amazon.com.br,
www.amazon.in, www.amazon.com.mx, and www.amazon.com.au. As used herein,
“Amazon.com,” “we,” “our” and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its
subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from
management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and
uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition,
management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential
fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal
proceedings and claims, fulfillment and data center optimization, seasonality,
commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign
exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and
taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially
could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent
Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

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