Thursday, June 11, 2015

AWS Offers 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2676 v3 Haswell processors

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced M4 instances, the next generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) General Purpose instances.

M4 instances get a performance boost using custom 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2676 v3 Haswell processors. M4 also offers dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), and provides Enhanced Networking for higher packet per second (PPS) performance, lower network jitter, and lower network latencies.

AWS said 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

“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.”