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AWS Announces Availability of Amazon EC2 X2gd Instances Powered by Proprietary Graviton2 Processors

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) yesterday announced the general availability of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) X2gd instances. They are characterized as next-generation memory-optimized instances based on AWS proprietary Graviton2 processors. AWS Graviton2 processors are built on the Arm architecture.

Recall that an instance is a virtual machine instance running in the cloud that provides infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which implements such a service model in cloud computing, when a certain typical resource with specific capabilities is provided to the user.

AWS estimates that EC2 X2gd instances outperform X1 instances on x86-compatible processors up to 55% in price / performance. However, they offer more memory per virtual processor (vCPU) than other Graviton2-based instances.

This allegedly enables AWS customers to more efficiently run memory-intensive workloads such as in-memory databases, relational databases, electronic design automation (EDA), real-time analytics, and real-time caching.

AWS offers nine flavors of EC2 X2gd with vCPUs ranging from 1 to 64, memory capacities from 16 GB to 1024 GB, which also differ in storage and network bandwidth.

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