Amazon Web Services Unveils T2 Instance Type

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Amazon Web Services on Tuesday released a new cloud compute instance it calls T2. It's a discount offering aimed at trimming costs for users with workloads that typically don’t max out their CPU capabilities, but do require periodic bursts of computing power.

Amazon says the new instance type for its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) cloud represents the lowest cost attainable from the IaaS leader. It’s ideal for users who host web servers, development environments and small databases on the AWS platform, according to Amazon Web Services Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr.

Users with those types of workloads could see a dramatic decrease in costs with T2, Barr wrote in announcing the instance on the AWS blog and explaining its potential benefits for customers who don’t require sustained computing performance.

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“The T2 instances are built around a processing allocation model that provides you a generous, assured baseline amount of processing power coupled with the ability to automatically and transparently scale up to a full core when you need more compute power,” Barr wrote.

Amazon introduced to its cloud service “CPU credits” that customers can accumulate in periods of light activity, and spend when it gets busy.

“The bottom line: you now have a very economical way to start small, meet ever-changing demands for compute power, and take full advantage of the entire range of AWS Services,” Barr wrote.

Kevin RisonChu, director of systems and infrastructure at San Diego-based Amazon partner Digiteria, told CRN what he finds most interesting about the new instances is that much like the General Purpose volume storage type Amazon unveiled a few weeks ago, AWS again is offering a system that lets users accumulate performance credits to be applied to secure greater resources when they’re needed most.

The customers the new instance type would appeal to are probably those that don’t plan on auto scaling, and who don’t necessarily need what RisonChu considers the greatest benefit of the cloud: “the ability to increase capacity at a moment's notice.”

“This seems more for the individual blogger or smaller operation, who typically wouldn't get much traffic, except if a posting they made goes viral,” RisonChu said.

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