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Amazon Web Services Announces M4 Instances for Amazon EC2

New General Purpose instances feature the latest Intel processors, larger sizes, Enhanced Networking, and dedicated EBS bandwidth for high performance at an affordable price

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 11, 2015-- Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced M4 instances, the next generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) General Purpose instances. M4 instances deliver significant processing power with custom 2.4 GHz Intel® Xeon® E5-2676 v3 Haswell processors, offer dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), and provide Enhanced Networking for higher packet per second (PPS) performance, lower network jitter, and lower network latencies. M4 with Enhanced Networking delivers up to 4 times the packet rate of instances without Enhanced Networking, while ensuring consistent latency, even when under high network IO. Within Placement Groups, Enhanced Networking reduces average latencies between instances by 50 percent or more. M4 instances are well-suited for a wide variety of applications including relational and in-memory databases, gaming servers, caching fleets, batch processing, and business applications like SAP and Microsoft SharePoint. To get started with M4 instances, visit http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/.

“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,” said Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS. “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 compute, memory, and network resources.”

HubSpot enables thousands of businesses to reach their customers with an innovative suite of services for inbound marketing. “Our business relies on a service oriented architecture that leverages hundreds of Amazon EC2 instances in a Mesos cluster to abstract CPU, memory, storage, and other compute resources,” said Whitney Sorenson, Vice President of Platform Infrastructure at HubSpot. “M4 instances offer an optimal balance of compute and memory for our cluster, and the m4.10xlarge, with 40 vCPUs and 160 GiB of memory, will allow us to significantly reduce our cluster size while driving down costs through better hardware utilization.”

ProQuest powers research in academic, corporate, government, public and school libraries around the world with unique content including rich academic databases, and technologies that connect people with information. “Last year, we moved our first service, the Summon Service for library searches, to the AWS Cloud,” said Rich Belanger, Chief Information Officer, ProQuest. “When running our SOLR workload to optimize search, we found that we could benefit from an instance that has a memory footprint right between what is offered on compute optimized and memory optimized instances so that we can fully utilize both resources. With the new m4.4xlarge, we will be able to able to better optimize our resource usage to decrease our costs.”

Customers can launch M4 instances using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS SDKs, and third-party libraries. M4 is available in five different instance sizes ranging from 2 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) with 8 GB of memory (m4.large) to 40 vCPUs and 160 GB of memory (m4.10xlarge), and are available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), EU West (Germany), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions.

About Amazon Web Services

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services offers a robust, fully featured technology infrastructure platform in the cloud comprised of a broad set of compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services from data center locations in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and Singapore. More than a million customers, including fast-growing startups, large enterprises, and government agencies across 190 countries, rely on AWS services to innovate quickly, lower IT costs and scale applications globally. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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