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With X1 Addition, AWS Launches Its Largest EC2 Instance

Organizations running large memory-intensive workloads on Amazon Web Services (AWS) now have a new instance option: the 4TB x1e.32xlarge.

Announced Wednesday, the new Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance is the third and, now, the largest in AWS' X1 family of SAP HANA-certified instances. All three X1 instances are designed for running large, enterprise-class, in-memory database workloads, including SAP HANA.

They also have the "lowest price per GiB of RAM among Amazon EC2 instance types," according to AWS' description.

The new x1e.32xlarge has 3.9TB of DDR4 memory and supports 128 virtual CPUs. It's AWS' "largest cloud-native instance" and is "supported by SAP for production HANA deployments of SAP Business Suite on HANA (SoH), SAP Business Warehouse on HANA (BWoH), and the next-generation SAP S/4HANA ERP and SAP BW/4HANA data warehouse solution," wrote AWS evangelist Jeff Barr in a blog post.

In comparison, the oldest and next-largest X1 instance, the x1.32xlarge, launched last May with 2TB of memory and support for 128 virtual CPUs.

The smallest X1 instance, the x1.16xlarge, was released last October with 976GiB of memory and support for up to 64 virtual CPUs.

Both the x1e.32xlarge and the x1.32xlarge come with two 1,920GB SSD volumes and run on four Intel Xeon E7 8880 v3 Haswell processors, while the x1.16xlarge comes with one 1,920GB SSD volume and runs on two of the same Intel processors.

The x1e.32xlarge is available only to users of AWS virtual private clouds (VPCs), according to the company, and is supported out of the Northern Virginia, Oregon, Ireland and Tokyo regions.

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