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AWS Launches Largest M4 Instance Yet

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) this week expanded its family of M4 instances with the m4.16xlarge.

Launched last summer, the M4 instances are general-purpose instances in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) that are designed to work for a broad range of workloads. They support enhanced networking and are optimized for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS).

The M4 family initially came in five flavors, ranging from the m4.large, which has two vCPUs and 8 GiB of RAM, and capping off with the m4.10xlarge, with 40 vCPUs and 160 GiB of RAM.

On Tuesday, AWS announced the addition of the m4.16xlarge. The largest of the M4 instances has 64 vCPUs and 256 GiB of RAM, and is capable of up to 20 Gbps of network bandwidth. It runs on the Intel Xeon E5-2686 v4 Broadwell processor.

[Click on image for larger view.] Amazon's lineup of M4 instances now includes the m4.16xlarge.

"The m4.16xlarge offers a balance of compute, memory, and network resources, and is a good choice for many applications including databases, data processing tasks, cluster computing, and web servers that require high computational horsepower or memory size," AWS said in its announcement.

AWS evangelist Jeff Barr noted in a blog post that like the second-largest M4 instance, the m4.10xlarge, the new m4.x16large "allows you to control the C states to enable higher turbo frequencies when you using just a few cores. You can also control the P states to lower performance variability."

Now available for all AWS regions, the m4.16xlarge can be purchased as On-Demand or Reserved instances. Pricing information is available here.

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