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AWS releases smallest, cheapest EC2 instance yet

Wed 16 Dec 2015

After announcing the prospective launch of a very small instance type for its EC2 computing service in Las Vegas this October, Amazon’s cloud platform AWS has now set the new t2.nano instances live.

The new instances will offer customers in Amazon’s U.S. regions the lowest-priced EC2 option yet, at just $4.75 per month, going down to $2.10 a month for a three year reserved instance. European users will pay up to $5.11 (£3.40) per month, again decreasing to $2.31 for an upfront payment for three years. Prices for Asia Pacific and South American regions are listed as somewhat higher, topping at $9.85 per month.

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 15.14.23The new instances will provide 512 MiB of memory and one burstable virtual CPU core.

According to Amazon, the small instances will work best in developer environments, low-traffic website hosting and running micro services – meaning anything that does not require huge amounts of memory or sustained high levels of CPU power.

Amazon Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr noted in an official blog post that the cloud giant also hopes to see lots of t2.nano instances used in training and education sectors.

AWS’ burstable t2 instances offer a baseline CPU performance which is generally lower than expected from having access to a full virtual CPU, but when this usage falls below five percent, customers are able to get CPU credits to burst performance above this baseline.

The new nano instances can run 32bit and 64bit operating systems. Barr commented that while you can run Windows, its data has shown that the OS’ instances consume more CPU and memory than Linux. “If you do not need the Windows GUI, you may want to take a look at the Server Core AMI,” he said.

The instances are now available across a range of AWS regions including U.S. East (Northern Virginia), U.S. West (Oregon), U.S. West (Northern California), Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and South America (Brazil). AWS is looking to roll out support in Europe (Frankfurt) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) soon.

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