Posted On: Apr 19, 2016

Starting today, you can save up to 50% on Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) by launching Amazon EC2 instances and Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) clusters with two new EBS volumes, Throughput Optimized HDD (st1) and Cold HDD (sc1). These new volume types offer better price performance, improved performance consistency, and higher throughput compared to our existing EBS Magnetic offering. Both are designed for throughput-intensive and big data workloads, which are characterized by having large data sets, large I/O sizes, and sequential I/O patterns. Examples of these workloads include MapReduce, Kafka, log processing, data warehouse, and ETL.

Throughput Optimized HDD (st1) is a low cost HDD volume type designed for higher throughput applications requiring up to 500 MB/s throughput, while Cold HDD (sc1) is an even lower cost HDD volume type designed for large, less frequently accessed, high-throughput data workloads requiring up to 250 MB/s throughput.

Both volume types are available today in the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Seoul), AWS Gov Cloud (US), South America (São Paolo), China (Beijing), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo). To learn more about these volumes and pricing, please visit Amazon EBS, the Amazon EBS Pricing, and the AWS Official Blog.