Amazon announced the addition of new low-cost, general purpose T2 instances for Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). The company says they’re designed to reduce costs for apps that don’t require sustained high CPU performance, but benefit from the ability to burst to full core performance.
The on-demand instance prices start at $0.013 per hour or $9.50 per month.
“Amazon EC2 provides an unmatched selection of instances to support customers running whatever workload they want on AWS. Some of our customers have requested instance types that optimize their performance and cost for applications that don’t use the full CPU capability frequently, but require the full CPU resources for short bursts,” said Matt Garman, VP of Amazon EC2. “T2 instances address this need by providing a consistent baseline performance with the ability to burst to full CPU core performance – all at a very low cost.”
Users can launch T2 instances with the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface, AWS SDKs, AWS Marketplace, and/or third-party libraries. They’re available in three sizes.
For now, T2 instances will only be available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Australia (Sydney), and Brazil (Sao Paulo) regions.
The instances can be purchased both as on-demand and reserved instances.
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