Amazon Web Services is offering virtual machines with 4 terabytes of memory. 

The cloud computing market leader finds itself under pressure from the chasing pack on price and other factors, but this move may help to maintain its lead.

Amazon has been saying for some time that it plans to offer VM instances with 4 to 16 TB of memory since around May this year.

It also said that customers could scale these instances out to 34 TB using SAP Hana.

The new instances are called x1e.32xlarge and are available on the company’s EC2 cloud computing platform.

Many of the company’s customers are already using x1e.32xlarge instances, says Jeff Barr, of AWS, writing on the company’s website.

“Many of our customers are already running production SAP applications on the existing x1.32xlarge instances,” he says.

“With today’s launch, these customers can now store and process far larger data sets, making them a great fit for larger production deployments.”

Barr explains that x1.32xlarge instances are powered by quad socket Intel Xeon E7 8880 v3 Haswell processors running at 2.3GHz (128 vCPUs), with large L3 caches.

The new VMs are available in several regions around the world – the US, EU and Asia Pacific.

Virtual machine instances offered by AWS’ competitors are currently significantly smaller.

Google Cloud Platform is said to offer VMs of only 416 gigabytes of RAM. Microsoft Azure offers 2 TB or RAM.

Whether the increased memory capacity offered by AWS will make a difference to its market share is too early to know.

But, generally speaking, users want more and more memory and processing power over time, so it will probably will make a difference.

AWS is asking for $27 to $39 an hour for the new x1.32xlarge instances, which is significantly more than its other, smaller virtual machine, according to Cloud Pro.

So even if a relatively small portion of customers opt for the x1.32xlarge instances, the revenues earned from each customer will be correspondingly high.

However, AWS recently announced per-second billion, which may help customers maximise their budgets.

Competitor cloud providers generally offer per-minute billing.


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