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Comments on Barr's blog were enthusiastic, with a couple posts asking when the AWS High I/O instance might be available in something like an AWS m1.large instance.
One of those posters with the moniker of "Thierryschellenbach" wrote, "Any plans to offer lower end instances with SSD-backed storage? Our use case is we have an I/O hungry application that can run fine on m1.large. Would like to eliminate poor EBS [Elastic Block Store] performance bottleneck."
One AWS user, who requested anonymity, told CRN that the High I/O instance was a pleasant surprise given that he has been looking for ways to run certain applications in the cloud and hadn't been able to do so before because of the latency between virtual servers and storage.
"It will take Rackspace and others two years to catch up with Amazon with this," the user said.