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AWS Adds 5 More Sizes to X1e Instance Family

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is giving its largest Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance five smaller siblings.

The company announced an expansion to its X1e instance family this week, bringing the total number of EC2 instances designed for memory-intensive applications and high-performance database workloads to six.

The largest, of course, is the x1e.32xlarge that launched in September. Touted as AWS' "largest cloud-native instance," the x1e.32xlarge came with 3.9TB of DDR4 memory and support for 128 virtual CPUs (vCPUs).

On Thursday, AWS added five smaller instances to the family, ranging in size from 122GiB to 2TB, and supporting between four and 64 vCPUs. The full X1e lineup, including the original x1e.32xlarge, is described in the table below:

According to a blog post by AWS evangelist Jeff Barr, "The instances are powered by quad socket Intel Xeon E7 8880 processors running at 2.3 GHz, with large L3 caches and plenty of memory bandwidth. ENA networking and EBS optimization are standard, with up to 14 Gbps of dedicated throughput (depending on instance size) to EBS."

In other EC2 news, AWS this week said it has improved its service-level agreement to 99.99 percent, up from 99.95 percent.

"This increased commitment is the result of continuous investment in our infrastructure and quality of service," AWS said in its announcement.

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