AWS announces new instances, EC2 on Snowball, Bring your own IP and more

At the AWS Summit in New York at July 17, 2018 Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS, announced several new features and new instances. This is an overview.

  • Amazon EC2 on AWS Snowball
  • Three new instance types
  • Bring your own IP

Other new features announced are:

  • Amazon SageMaker: Streaming Algorithms, Batch Transform
  • Amazon Transcribe: Channel Synthesis
  • Amazon Translate: 12 New Language Pairs (+12 soon)
  • Amazon Comprehend: Syntax Identification

Amazon EC2 on AWS Snowball

This is the AWS Snowball devices which previously was used to transfer large data to the AWS datacenter. AWS now enables to run EC2 instance on the Snowball device. This is usefull for for example factories which have not a reliable internet connections. Data from manchines can be processed by the EC2 instances running on the Snowball device. Then after a while the Snowball device is shipped to AWS, data is uploaded to the customer account and data can be analysed.

Up to ten EC2 instances can be run. At the moment only Linux based. More info here.

Bring your own IP

This new feature is in preview.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now allows you to use your own publicly-routable IP addresses with AWS resources such as EC2 instances, Network Load Balancers, and NAT Gateways. After you bring your IPs to AWS, AWS will advertise your public IP addresses on the Internet. You will continue to have access to Amazon IP addresses and can choose to use your own IP addresses, Amazon’s IP addresses, or both with your AWS resources.

More info here.

Three new instance types

AWS announced three new instance types. Coming in a few weeks

Z1d – Compute-intensive instances running at up to 4.0 GHz, powered by sustained all-core Turbo Boost. They are ideal for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and relational database workloads, and are also a great fit for several kinds of HPC workloads.

R5 – Memory-optimized instances running at up to 3.1 GHz powered by sustained all-core Turbo Boost, with up to 50% more vCPUs and 60% more memory than R4 instances.

R5d – Memory-optimized instances equipped with local NVMe storage (up to 3.6 TB for the largest R5d instance), and will be available in the same sizes and with the same specs as the R5 instances.

More info here.

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