Posted On: May 12, 2021

Starting today, the new EC2 High Memory instances with 6TB, 9TB, and 12TB of memory (u-6tb1.56xlarge, u-6tb1.112xlarge, u-9tb1.112xlarge, and u-12tb1.112xlarge) are available for usage with On-Demand (OD) and Savings Plan purchase options. This launch gives customers greater flexibility for instance usage and procurement. Customers can choose from two instances with 6TB of memory - u-6tb1.56xlarge and u-6tb1.112xlarge - both offering 100Gbps network and 38Gbps EBS bandwidth, and with 224 vCPUs and 448 vCPUs, respectively. These new instances provide additional flexibility for customers with memory-bound workloads and helps further optimize workload price/performance. The 9TB and 12TB instances offer 448 vCPUs, 100Gbps network and 38Gbps EBS bandwidth. 

These instances are built on the AWS Nitro System, a collection of AWS-designed hardware and lightweight Nitro hypervisor which delivers practically all of the compute and memory resources of the host hardware to your instances. This frees up additional memory for your workloads which boosts performance and lowers the $/GiB costs. EC2 High Memory instances are the first Amazon EC2 instances powered by an 8-socket platform with Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8176M (Skylake) processors.

Amazon EC2 High Memory instances are certified by SAP for running Business Suite on HANA, SAP S/4HANA, Data Mart Solutions on HANA, Business Warehouse on HANA, and SAP BW/4HANA in production environments. For details, see the Certified and Supported SAP HANA Hardware Directory.

Customers can start using these new High Memory instances with OD and Savings Plan purchase options in the US East (N. Virginia), Europe (Ireland, Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS regions. For more information, visit the Amazon EC2 High Memory page.

For information on how to get started with your SAP HANA migration to EC2 High Memory instances, view the Migrating SAP HANA on AWS to an EC2 High Memory Instance documentation. To hear from Steven Jones, GM for SAP on AWS on what this launch means for our SAP customers, you can read his launch blog.