Posted On: Mar 30, 2015

You can now launch D2 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 Dense-storage instances. D2 instances are designed for workloads that require high sequential read and write access to very large data sets, such as Hadoop distributed computing, massively parallel processing data warehousing, and log processing applications.

The largest D2 instance, d2.8xlarge, offers up to 48 TB of instance storage and can deliver up to 3.5 GBps read and 3.1 GBps write disk throughput with a 2 MiB block size. D2 instances are powered by Intel Xeon E5-2676 v3 (Haswell) processors that run at a base clock frequency of 2.4 GHz and can deliver clock speeds as high as 3.0 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost. D2 instances also offer Amazon EC2 Enhanced Networking (when used in Amazon VPC) for high packet per second performance, low network jitter, and low network latencies. D2 instances are available in four instance sizes with following specifications:

Instance Size # vCPUs Memory (GiB) Instance Storage (HDD) Network Performance Disk Read (MBps with 2 MiB block size) Linux On-Demand Price*
d2.xlarge 4 30.5 3 x 2 TB Moderate 438 $0.69
d2.2xlarge 8 61 6 x 2 TB High 875 $1.38
d2.4xlarge 16 122 12 x 2 TB High 1,750 $2.76
d2.8xlarge 36 244 24 x 2 TB 10 Gbps 3,500 $5.52

* Pricing for US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon). For pricing in other regions, please visit the Amazon EC2 pricing page

You can launch D2 instances through the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface, and the Amazon EC2 API. You can also use D2 instances with software purchased through the AWS Marketplace. You can purchase D2 instances as On-Demand Instances, Reserved Instances, or Spot Instances. D2 instance are available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions.

To learn more about D2 and other Amazon EC2 instances, visit the Amazon EC2 Instances page and the Amazon EC2 User Guide's section on D2 instances.