Amazon Launches New Burstable T2.Nano Instances

Amazon Launches New Burstable T2.Nano Instances

Amazon has launched its new t2.nano instances for its customers to provide them that little bit of processing power, along with bursting compatibilities, similar to those of its larger siblings.

In October, Werner Vogels, Amazon's CTO, while addressing AWS re:Invent Conference had revealed company's plans to launch new t2.nano instances by year end, and on Tuesday, Amazon delivered on that promise.

"Like their larger siblings (t2.micro, t2.small, t2.medium, and t2.large), these instances provide a baseline level of processing power, along with the ability to save up unused cycles and use them when the need arises." Amazon's chief evangelist for AWS, Jeff Barr, wrote in a blog post.

According to Jeff Barr, each t2.nano instance comes with 1 vCPU and 512 MB memory, and can run 32 or 64 bit OS and applications. A newly launched t2.nano begins with CPU credit balance of 30 credits. With each hour, it earns 3 more credits, which goes to a maximum of 72 credits. Users can enjoy the full performance of a high frequency Intel CPU core with t2.nano for workloads utilizing less than 5% of the core on average over 24 hours. If users can maintain a positive CPU credit balance, they can have full access to the CPU core as needed.

These instances allow customers to run Windows or Linux. The Linux instances consume less CPU and memory than Windows instances, and customers can perform some evaluation and testing to decide the instance size that will be best for their application.

"I expect to see the t2.nano used to host low-traffic websites, run microservices, support dev / test environments, and to be used as cost-effective monitoring vehicle." Barr said. "There are also plenty of ways to use these instances in training and educational settings."

The t2.nano instances are now available for customers in the U.S. West (Northern California), U.S. West (Oregon), U.S. East (Northern Virginia), Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), South America (Brazil), and AWS GovCloud (U.S.) regions. These instances will soon be made available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) and Europe (Frankfurt).

The t2.nano instances can be used with AWS CloudFormation and AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

The prices of t2.nano instances are exactly half of the prices of t2.micro for a given region.

For US East (Northern Virginia) and US West (Oregon) customers, the new service is available at $0.0065/hour (on-demand), $4.75/month (on-demand), $3.125/month for 1 Year Reserved Scheume, and $2.10/month for 3 Year Reserved scheme.

For Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and South American (Brazil) customers, t2.nano instances are priced at $0.0070, $0.0100, and $0.0135 per hour (on-demand) respectively.

At AWS re:Invent Conference, Vogels had also announced that a new high-performing X1 instances would arrive in the first half of 2016. These instances will feature "up to 2 TB of memory" and they are being designed for demanding enterprise workloads including production installations of Microsoft SQL Server, SAP HANA, Presto, and Apache Spark. These instances will be powered by a maximum of four Intel® Xeon® E7 processors, with large L3 caches and high memory bandwidth. According to AWS, these instances will easily handle highly concurrent workloads, thanks to over 100 vCPUs.

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