Now Available, Amazon EC2 C5ad instances featuring 2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processors

Posted on: Aug 13, 2020

Starting today, new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) C5ad instances featuring 2nd generation AMD EPYC™ processors running at frequencies up to 3.3 GHz are generally available. Amazon EC2 C5ad instances are variants of the recently launched C5a instances and are equipped with local NVMe-based SSD block level storage physically connected to the host server. C5ad instances provide high performance processing at 10% lower cost over comparable instances. These instances are ideal for applications that need temporary storage of data, such as batch and log processing and applications that need caches and scratch files. These instances are also a great fit for applications that need access to high-speed, low latency local storage, such as video encoding, image manipulation and other forms of media processing. With the option of NVMe-based SSD instance storage, C5a customers now have additional storage choices for their most compute-intensive workloads.

C5ad instances offer the lowest cost per x86 vCPU for a disk-backed instance in the Amazon EC2 portfolio. C5ad instances are available in eight virtualized sizes with up to 96 vCPUs and provide up to 192 GiB of memory and up to 3.8 TB of NVMe based SSD instance storage on the largest size. C5ad instances are available today in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Singapore, Sydney) AWS Regions and will be available in additional regions in the future. The new instances can be purchased as On-Demand, Reserved, Spot Instances or as part of a Savings Plan.

To get started, visit the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), and AWS SDKs. To learn more, visit the C5 product page or the AMD Instances page.