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Category: Amazon Elastic Block Store

Amazon EBS Update – New Elastic Volumes Change Everything

It is always interesting to speak with our customers and to learn how the dynamic nature of their business and their applications drives their block storage requirements. These needs change over time, creating the need to modify existing volumes to add capacity or to change performance characteristics. Today’s 24×7 operating models leaves no room for […]

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New – CloudWatch Events for EBS Snapshots

Cloud computing can improve upon traditional IT operations by giving you the power to automate complex high-level operations that were formerly kept in a runbook or passed along as tribal knowledge. Far too many of these operations involve backup and recovery operations, especially in smaller and less mature organizations. Many AWS customers make great use […]

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New – Burst Balance Metric for EC2’s General Purpose SSD (gp2) Volumes

Many AWS customers are getting great results with the General Purpose SSD (gp2) EBS volumes that we launched in mid-2014 (see New SSD-Backed Elastic Block Storage for more information).  If you’re unsure of which volume type to use for your workload, gp2 volumes are the best default choice because they offer balanced price/performance for a […]

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New Utility – Opt-in to Longer Resource IDs Across All Regions

Early this year I announced that Longer EC2 Resource IDs are Now Available, and kicked off the start of a transition period that will last until early December 2016. During the transition period, you can opt in to the new resource format on a region-by-region, user-by-user basis. At the conclusion of the transition period, all […]

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Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) Update – Snapshot Price Reduction & More PIOPS/GiB

Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) makes it easy for you to create persistent block level storage volumes and attach them to your EC2 instances. Among many other features, EBS allows you to provision SSD-backed volumes with the desired level of performance (Provisioned IOPS or PIOPS) and to create snapshot backups either manually or programmatically. Today […]

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They’re Here – Longer EBS and Storage Gateway Resource IDs Now Available

Last November I let you know that were were planning to increase the length of the resource IDs for EC2 instances, reservations, EBS volumes, and snapshots in 2016. Early this year I showed you how to opt in to the new format for EC2 instances and EC2 reservations. Effective today you can now opt in […]

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Amazon EBS Update – New Cold Storage and Throughput Options

The AWS team spends a lot of time looking in to ways to deliver innovation based around improvements in price/performance. Quite often, this means wrestling with interesting economic and technical dilemmas. For example, it turns out that there are some really interesting trade-offs between HDD and SSD storage. On the one hand, today’s SSD devices […]

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Amazon EMR Update – Support for EBS Volumes, and M4 & C4 Instance Types

My colleague Abhishek Sinha wrote the guest post below to tell you about the latest additions to . Amazon EMR is a service that allows you to use distributed data processing frameworks such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark and Presto to process data on a managed cluster of EC2 instances. Newer versions of EMR (3.10 […]

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