Posted On: Dec 1, 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announces the availability of Amazon EC2 R5b instances that can utilize up to 60 Gbps of Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) bandwidth and 260K IOPS (I/O operations per second) for large relational database workloads. These instances offer significantly higher EBS performance across all instance sizes, ranging from 10 Gbps of EBS bandwidth on smaller instance sizes to 60 Gbps of EBS bandwidth on the largest instance size. R5b instances are powered by custom second-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Cascade Lake) with sustained all-core turbo frequency of 3.1 GHz. These new instances are designed for workloads such as relational databases and File systems that can take advantage of improved EBS bandwidth and IOPS.

Based on the next generation AWS Nitro System, R5b instances make 60 Gbps EBS bandwidth available to storage performance-bound workloads without requiring customers to use custom drivers or recompile applications. Customers can take advantage of this improved EBS performance to accelerate data transfer to and from Amazon EBS, reducing the data ingestion time for applications and speeding up delivery of results. With R5b on EBS, customers have access to high performance scalable, durable, and highly available block storage. R5b instances are ideal for large relational database workloads such as OracleDB, SQL server, and MySQL to run applications like commerce platforms, ERP systems, and health record systems.  

These instances are available today in US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Singapore, Tokyo) AWS Regions. Customers can use these instances as On-Demand, Savings Plan, 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 R5 instance pages.