Posted On: Mar 21, 2023

Starting today, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) C6in instances, Amazon EC2 M6in and M6idn instances, and Amazon EC2 R6in and R6idn instances are available in bare metal size. These sixth-generation network optimized instances are powered by 3rd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. They are the first x86-based instances offering up to 200 Gbps of network bandwidth. These instances deliver up to 2x more network bandwidth and up to 2x higher packet-processing performance over comparable fifth-generation instances. The instances are built on AWS Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and lightweight hypervisor that delivers practically all of the compute and memory resources of the host hardware to your instances for better overall performance and security.

Bare metal instances allow EC2 customers to run applications that benefit from deep performance analysis tools, specialized workloads that require direct access to bare metal infrastructure, legacy workloads not supported in virtual environments, and licensing-restricted business critical applications. Workloads on bare metal instances continue to take advantage of all the comprehensive services and features of the AWS Cloud, such as Elastic Load Balancer (ELB), and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

These instances deliver up to 80 Gbps of Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) bandwidth and up to 350K IOPS, the highest Amazon EBS performance across EC2 instances. Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA) networking support is offered on 32xlarge and metal sizes. EFA-enabled instances provide lower latency and improved cluster performance for workloads such as distributed computing and high performance computing (HPC). For applications that require high-speed, low-latency local block storage, M6idn and R6idn instances are equipped with up to 7.6 TB of local NVMe-based solid state disk (SSD).

All of these instances are available in the following AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia, Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore, Tokyo), and the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. 

Customers can purchase the new instances through Savings Plans, Reserved, On-Demand, and Spot instances. To learn more, see the C6in instances page, the M6in and M6idn instances page, and the R6in and R6idn instances page. To get started, see the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI), and AWS SDKs.