Posted On: Oct 9, 2019

Starting today, new Amazon EC2 A1 bare metal instances are available. Similar to all other A1 instances, the new A1 bare metal instances are powered by AWS Graviton Processors that feature 64-bit Arm Neoverse cores and custom silicon designed by AWS.  

A1 bare metal instances provide your applications with direct access to the processor and memory resources of the underlying server. These instances are ideal for workloads that need to run in non-virtualized environments for licensing or support requirements.  

All AWS services and features, such as Amazon Machine Images (AMI), Elastic Block Store (EBS) and Auto Scaling, that are supported on other A1 instances are also available on A1 bare metal instances. 

A1 instances deliver up to 45% cost savings and are well suited for scale-out applications such as web servers, containerized microservices, caching fleets and distributed data stores. They are also ideal for Arm-based workloads that are supported by the extensive Arm ecosystem. A1 instances are the first EC2 instances powered by AWS Graviton Processors that are custom designed by AWS utilizing Amazon’s extensive expertise in building platform solutions for cloud applications running at scale. 

Amazon EC2 A1 instances are available in the AWS US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt and Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Sydney, Tokyo and Mumbai) regions. These instances are available in 5 sizes, with 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16 vCPUs, in addition to the bare metal instance, and are purchasable as On-Demand, Reserved or Spot Instances.  

To get started, visit the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the Amazon EC2 A1 instance page.