Over on the Amazon AWS blog, Jeff Barr writes about new hardware opportunities for powering AWS via ARM processors. Jeff writes:
We acquired Annapurna Labs in 2015 after working with them on the first version of the AWS Nitro System. Since then we’ve worked with them to build and release two generations of ASICs (chips, not shoes) that now offload all EC2 system functions to Nitro, allowing 100% of the hardware to be devoted to customer instances.
On November 26th, Amazon launched EC2 instances powered by ARM-based AWS Graviton Processors. Built around ARM cores and making extensive use of custom-built silicon, the A1 instances are optimized for performance and cost. They are a great fit for scale-out workloads where you can share the load across a group of smaller instances. This includes containerized microservices, web servers, development environments, and caching fleets.
The A1 instances are available in five sizes at a significantly lower cost. AMIs are available for Amazon Linux 2, RHEL, and Ubuntu today, with additional operating system support on the way.
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