Feeds

Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances

A mega-memory instance that never forgets

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

Amazon has released a new class of virtualized, rentable servers that make more RAM available than systems from rivals like Google and Microsoft.

The "R3" memory-optimized servers became available on Thursday following their announcement at the Amazon Web Services summit in late March.

"R3 instances are recommended for applications that require high memory performance at the best price point per GiB of RAM," Amazon wrote in a blog post describing the kit.

These servers pack in as much as 244GB of RAM along with attached SSD storage and Intel's powerful Xeon E5-2670 v2 "Ivy Bridge" processors.

Prices for the servers start at $0.175 per hour for an "r3.large" instance, which fields two virtual CPUs, 15GB of RAM and 32GB of SSD storage, and go up to $2.80 per hour for 32 vCPUS, 244GB of RAM, and 640GB of SSD storage.

The servers available from cloud rival Google, by comparison, max out at 104GB of memory at a price of $1.312 per hour. Microsoft's Azure cloud, meanwhile, serves up to 56GB of memory at $1.29 per hour.

For some companies, being able to access large amounts of RAM per server is highly desirable as it lets them use more in-memory computing technologies without having to cluster multiple servers together.

However, for all the price cuts that have occurred recently in the cloud, Amazon's top servers will still set you back a significant amount. The aforementioned top-tier, 244GB "r3.8xlarge" server works out at $2,016 per month of full-time use, for instance.

The new R3 instances are available from Amazon data centers located in Northern Virginia, Northern California, Oregon, Ireland, Tokyo, Sydney, and Singapore. ®

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives
Oracle's Linux boss says Larry's Linux isn't just for Oracle apps anymore
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.