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Jeff Barr

Author: Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.

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Now in Preview – Larger & Faster io2 Block Express EBS Volumes with Higher Throughput

Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes have been an essential EC2 component since they were launched in 2008. Today, you can choose between six types of HDD and SSD volumes, each designed to serve a particular use case and to deliver a specified amount of performance. Earlier this year we launched io2 volumes with 100x […]

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New EC2 M5zn Instances – Fastest Intel Xeon Scalable CPU in the Cloud

We launched the compute-intensive z1d instances in mid-2018 for customers who asked us for extremely high per-core performance and a high memory-to-core ratio to power their front-end Electronic Design Automation (EDA), actuarial, and CPU-bound relational database workloads. In order to address a complementary set of use cases, customers have asked us for an EC2 instance […]

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EC2 Update – D3 / D3en Dense Storage Instances

We have launched several generations of EC2 instances with dense storage including the HS1 in 2012 and the D2 in 2015. As you can guess from the name, our customers use these instances when they need massive amounts of very economical on-instance storage for their data warehouses, data lakes, network file systems, Hadoop clusters, and […]

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New – Use Amazon EC2 Mac Instances to Build & Test macOS, iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS Apps

Throughout the course of my career I have done my best to stay on top of new hardware and software. As a teenager I owned an Altair 8800 and an Apple II. In my first year of college someone gave me a phone number and said “call this with modem.” I did, it answered “PENTAGON […]

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Welcome to AWS Storage Day 2020

Our first-ever Storage Day in November 2019 (Welcome to AWS Storage Day) was a big success. We were able to take a multitude of significant announcements related to AWS Storage services and summarize them in a single post, with longer and more detailed posts as needed. Today, we are doing it again, so welcome to […]

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In the Works – AWS Region in Hyderabad, India

We opened the AWS Regions in South Africa and Italy earlier this year and are currently working on regions in Indonesia, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland. Second AWS Region in India We launched the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region in June 2016, giving enterprises, public sector organizations, startups, and SMBs access to state-of-the-art public cloud infrastructure. In […]

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New – GPU-Equipped EC2 P4 Instances for Machine Learning & HPC

The Amazon EC2 team has been providing our customers with GPU-equipped instances for nearly a decade. The first-generation Cluster GPU instances were launched in late 2010, followed by the G2 (2013), P2 (2016), P3 (2017), G3 (2017), P3dn (2018), and G4 (2019) instances. Each successive generation incorporates increasingly-capable GPUs, along with enough CPU power, memory, […]

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