Amazon's New M4 Instances Offering Delivers Greater Compute and Agility

By CIOReview | Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, launches M4 instances, the next generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) General Purpose instances. M4 instances will provide a balance of compute, memory, and network resources. They are well suited for a variety of workloads, such as web servers, databases, caching fleets, and enterprise applications.

M4 instances are based on custom Intel Xeon E5-2676 v3 Haswell processors that are optimized specifically for EC2. These processors run at a base frequency of 2.4 GHz. Intel Haswell processors include AVX2, which can provide significant performance improvement for workloads that take advantage of Intel AVX or Intel SSE. These are available in five sizes with up to 40 vCPUs and 160 GiB of system memory.EC2 is a central part of Amazon.com’s cloud computing platform. It allows users to rent virtual computers on which to run their own computer applications. This helps in deployment of applications by providing a web service through which a user can boot an Amazon Machine Image to create a virtual machine, which Amazon calls an "instance", containing any software desired. Instances are object-oriented programming.

“Amazon EC2 provides a comprehensive selection of instances to support virtually any workload, and we continue to deliver new technologies and high performance in our current generation instances.M4 instances bring new capabilities to the General Purpose family through the use of a custom Intel Haswell processor and larger instance sizes. We are also pleased to deliver even better network performance with dedicated bandwidth to Amazon EBS and Enhanced Networking, an Amazon EC2 feature that we are providing, for the first time, to General Purpose Instances. With these capabilities, M4 is one of our most powerful instance types and a terrific choice for workloads requiring a balance of Amazon Web Services (AWS)resources,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS.