Amazon EC2

Secure and resizable compute capacity in the cloud. Launch applications when needed without upfront commitments.

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers. Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment.

7x fewer downtime hours than the next largest cloud provider*
Millions of customers ranging from enterprises to startups
24 regions and 76 availability zones globally
275 instances for virtually every business need

*Based on downtime hours from 1/1/18 to 12/31/18 pulled directly from the public service health dashboards of the major cloud providers.

"When the business says ‘go,’ we can do that now. We can stand up virtual servers instantly, instead of taking several weeks, whenever we need more compute and storage capacity to support new websites or online marketing campaigns."

Tomasz Kozlowski
Associate Director, Enterprise Architecture

Reliable, Scalable, Infrastructure On Demand

  • Increase or decrease capacity within minutes, not hours or days
  • SLA commitment of 99.99% availability for each Amazon EC2 region. Each region consists of at least 3 availability zones
  • The AWS Region/AZ model has been recognized by Gartner as the recommended approach for running enterprise applications that require high availability

“We’ve seen that Amazon Web Services listens to customers’ needs. If the feature does not yet exist, it probably will in a matter of months. The low cost and simplicity of its services made it a no-brainer to switch to the AWS cloud.”

Tobi Knaup,
Engineer, Airbnb

Vast Breadth and Depth of Compute Services

  • More workloads including SAP, HPC, Machine Learning, Windows, and many more run on AWS than on any other cloud
  • 275 instance types to help optimize the cost and performance of your workloads
  • Available with choice of processor, storage and networking options, operating system, and purchase model

“We’ve seen that Amazon Web Services listens to customers’ needs. If the feature does not yet exist, it probably will in a matter of months. The low cost and simplicity of its services made it a no-brainer to switch to the AWS cloud.”

Tobi Knaup,
Engineer, Airbnb

Vast Breadth and Depth of Compute Services

  • More workloads including SAP, HPC, Machine Learning, Windows, and many more run on AWS than on any other cloud
  • 275 instance types to help optimize the cost and performance of your workloads
  • Available with choice of processor, storage and networking options, operating system, and purchase model

“We looked at many public clouds but AWS scored most highly against our key criteria, which included stability, security, and breadth of services,”

Lawrence Fong,
GM IT Solutions, Cathay Pacific

Security is our top priority

  • Lockdown security model prohibits administrative access eliminating possibility of human error and tampering
  • With the AWS Nitro System virtualization resources are offloaded to dedicated hardware and software minimizing the attack surface
  • AWS supports 89 security standards and compliance certifications including PCI-DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FedRAMP, GDPR, FIPS 140-2, and NIST 800-171, which is meaningfully more than any other cloud provider

Building Blocks

Amazon EC2 offers the broadest and deepest choice of instances, built on the latest compute, storage, and networking technologies and engineered for high performance and security.

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Faster innovation and increased security with AWS Nitro System

The AWS Nitro System is the underlying platform for our next generation of EC2 instances that offloads many of the traditional virtualization functions to dedicated hardware and software to deliver high performance, high availability, and high security while also reducing virtualization overhead. The Nitro System is a rich collection of building blocks that can be assembled in many different ways, giving us the flexibility to design and rapidly deliver new EC2 instance types with an ever-broadening selection of compute, storage, memory, and networking options.

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Choice of processors

A choice of latest generation Intel Xeon, AMD EPYC, and AWS Graviton CPUs enables you to find the best balance of performance and price for your workloads. EC2 instances powered by NVIDIA GPUs and AWS Inferentia are also available for workloads that require accelerated computing such as machine learning, gaming, and graphic intensive applications.

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High performance storage

Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) provides easy to use, high performance block storage for use with Amazon EC2. Amazon EBS is available in a range of volume types that allow you to optimize storage performance and cost for your workloads. Many EC2 instance types also come with options for local NVMe SSD storage for applications that require low latency.

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Enhanced networking

AWS is the first and only cloud to offer 100 Gbps enhanced Ethernet networking for compute instances. Enhanced networking enables you to get significantly higher packet per second (PPS), lower network jitter, and lower latency. For high performance computing (HPC) applications, Elastic Fabric Adapter is a network interface for Amazon EC2 instances that offers low-latency, high-bandwidth interconnect between compute nodes to help scale applications to thousands of cores.

Instance Categories

General-Purpose
Ideal for business critical applications, small and mid-sized databases, web tier applications, and more.

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Compute Optimized
Ideal for high performance computing, batch processing, video encoding, and more.

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Memory Optimized
Ideal for high performance databases, distributed web scale in-memory caches, real time big data analytics, and more.

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Accelerated Computing
Ideal for machine learning, graphic intensive applications, gaming, and more.

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Storage Optimized
Ideal for NoSQL databases, data warehousing, distributed file systems, and more.

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Case Studies

What’s New

Introducing Amazon EC2 Instance Connect, a new way to control SSH access to your EC2 instance

June, 2019

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New M5 and R5 sizes

June, 2019

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New C5 sizes

June, 2019

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I3en Instance Launched

May, 2019

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T3a instances now available

April, 2019 

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New Bare Metal Instance Launch

Feb, 2019

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Check out the EC2 product features

Learn more about features for instance security, storage, networking, autoscaling, and more

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Get started with EC2

Follow these steps to to get started with Amazon EC2.

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Dive deep into EC2 resources and tools

Learn tips and techniques to get the most out of your experience with Amazon EC2.

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