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.
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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
- 300+ 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ideal for high performance computing, batch processing, video encoding, and more.
Ideal for high performance databases, distributed web scale in-memory caches, real time big data analytics, and more.
Ideal for machine learning, graphic intensive applications, gaming, and more.
Introducing Amazon EC2 Instance Connect, a new way to control SSH access to your EC2 instance
New M5 and R5 sizes
New C5 sizes
I3en Instance Launched
T3a instances now available
New Bare Metal Instance Launch
Learn more about features for instance security, storage, networking, autoscaling, and more
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