Get up to 40% better price performance with AWS Graviton2

AWS Graviton2 Processor, Enabling the best price performance in Amazon EC2

The new Amazon EC2 M6g, C6g, and R6g instances powered by AWS Graviton2 processors provide up to 40% better price performance over comparable current generation x86-based instances for general purpose, compute-intensive, and memory-intensive workloads.

James Hamilton Announces New Amazon EC2, M6g, C6g, and R6g Instances Powered by AWS Graviton2. AWS Graviton processors are custom built by Amazon Web Services using 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores to deliver the best price performance for your cloud workloads running in Amazon EC2.

Amazon EC2 provides the broadest and deepest portfolio of compute instances, including many that are powered by latest-generation Intel and AMD processors. AWS Graviton processors add even more choice to help customers optimize performance and cost for their workloads.

The first-generation AWS Graviton processors power Amazon EC2 A1 instances, the first ever Arm-based instances on AWS. These instances deliver significant cost savings over other general-purpose instances for scale-out applications such as web servers, containerized microservices, data/log processing, and other workloads that can run on smaller cores and fit within the available memory footprint.

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AWS Graviton2 processors deliver a major leap in performance and capabilities over first-generation AWS Graviton processors. They power Amazon EC2 T4g, M6g, C6g, and R6g instances, and their variants with local NVMe-based SSD storage, that provide up to 40% better price performance over comparable current generation x86-based instances for a wide variety of workloads, including application servers, micro-services, high-performance computing, electronic design automation, gaming, open-source databases, and in-memory caches.

The AWS Graviton2 processors also provide enhanced performance for video encoding workloads, hardware acceleration for compression workloads, and support for CPU-based machine learning inference. They deliver 7x more performance, 4x more compute cores, 5x faster memory, and 2x larger caches.

Free Trial: Until March 31st 2021, all new and existing AWS customers can try the t4g.micro instances free for up to 750 hours per month. During the free-trial period, customers who run a t4g.micro instance will automatically get 750 free hours per month deducted from their monthly bill through March 2021. Refer to the FAQ for additional details.

Best price performance for a broad spectrum of workloads

AWS Graviton2-based general purpose burstable (T4g), general purpose (M6g), compute-optimized (C6g), and memory-optimized (R6g) EC2 instances and their variants with NVMe-based SSD storage deliver up to 40% better price performance over comparable current generation x86-based instances for a broad spectrum of workloads such as application servers, microservices, video encoding, high-performance computing, electronic design automation, compression, gaming, open-source databases, in-memory caches, and CPU-based machine learning inference.

Extensive ecosystem support

AWS Graviton2 processors, based on the 64-bit Arm architecture, are supported by popular Linux operating systems including Amazon Linux 2, Red Hat, SUSE, and Ubuntu. Many popular applications and services from AWS and Independent Software Vendors also support AWS Graviton2-based instances, including Amazon ECS, Amazon EKS, Amazon ECR, Amazon CodeBuild.

AWS Graviton2 processors are also supports Amazon CodeCommit, Amazon CodePipeline, Amazon CodeDeploy, Amazon CloudWatch, Crowdstrike, Datadog, Docker, Drone, Dynatrace, GitLab, Jenkins, NGINX, Qualys, Rancher, Rapid7, Tenable, and TravisCI. Arm developers can also leverage this ecosystem to build applications natively in the cloud, thereby eliminating the need for emulation and cross-compilation, which are error prone and time consuming.

Enhanced security for cloud applications

Developers building applications for the cloud rely on cloud infrastructure for security, speed and optimal resource footprint. AWS Graviton2 processors feature key capabilities that enable developers to run cloud native applications securely, and at scale, including always-on 256-bit DRAM encryption and 50% faster per core encryption performance compared to first-generation AWS Graviton.

Graviton2 powered instances are built on the Nitro System that features the Nitro security chip with dedicated hardware and software for security functions, and support for encrypted EBS storage volumes by default.