Amazon Launches 64-bit Arm Server “A1” Instances

Amazon has developed AWS Graviton processors optimized for cloud applications and delivering power, performance, and cost optimizations over their Intel counterpart. The processors feature 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores and custom silicon designed by AWS themselves, and can be found today in Amazon EC2 A1 instances.

Amazon Arm Server
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The screenshot above shows Amazon Linux 2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6, Ubuntu 18.04 Server, and Ubuntu 16.04 Server machine images having options for either 64-bit x86 or 64-bit Arm servers.

Amazon Arm server instance are particularly suitable for applications such as web servers, containerized microservices, caching fleets, distributed data stores, as well as development environments. Amazon further explains:

A1 instances are built on the AWS Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and lightweight hypervisor, which maximizes resource efficiency for customers while still supporting familiar AWS and Amazon EC2 instance capabilities such as EBS, Networking, and AMIs. Amazon Linux 2, Red Hat Enterpise Linux (RHEL), Ubuntu and ECS optimized AMIs are available today for A1 instances.

The table below shows available A1 instances, and you can start small with one virtual CPU and 2GB RAM, and scale up to 16 vCPUs and 32GB memory.

Amazon EC2 A1 Arm Servers

Amazon EC2 A1 instances are currently available in the US (North Virginia, Ohio and Oregon, as well as in Europe via Amazon’s datacenter located in Ireland.  You can get started via the A1 instances page on Amazon.

Thanks to blu for the tip.

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