T2 instances are a new low-cost, General Purpose instance type that provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst above the baseline. With On-Demand Instance prices starting at $0.0065 per hour, T2 instances are the lowest-cost Amazon EC2 instance option and are ideal for web servers, developer environments, and small databases.

 

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Low Cost - Available on AWS Free Tier*

T2 instances are the lowest-cost Amazon EC2 instance option designed to dramatically reduce costs for applications that do not require sustained high CPU performance but benefit from the ability to burst to full core performance. T2 instances are available to use in the AWS Free Tier which includes 750 hours of Linux and Windows t2.micro instances each month for one year for new AWS customers.

Burstable Performance

T2 instances are Burstable Performance Instances that provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst above the baseline. The baseline performance and ability to burst are governed by CPU Credits. T2 instances accrue CPU Credits when they are idle, and use CPU credits when they are active.

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Works with General Purpose (SSD) volumes

T2 instances work well with Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes for instance block storage.  General Purpose (SSD) volumes are the default EBS volume type for Amazon EC2 instances and provide the ability to burst to 3,000 IOPS per volume, independent of volume size, to meet the performance needs of most applications and also deliver a consistent baseline of 3 IOPS/GB.

Name vCPUs RAM (GiB) CPU Credits / Hour Price / Hour Price / Month**
t2.nano 1 0.5 3 $0.0065 $4.75
t2.micro 1 1.0 6 $0.013 $9.50
t2.small 1 2.0 12 $0.026 $19.00
t2.medium 2 4.0 24 $0.052 $38.00
t2.large 2 8.0 36 $0.104 $76.00

t2.xlarge

4

16.0

54

$0.187

$137.00

t2.2xlarge

8

32.0

81

$0.374

$274.00

Prices shown are for Linux/Unix in US East (N. Virginia) AWS Region. For full pricing details, see the EC2 pricing page.

*See AWS Free Tier Terms for more details and other restrictions.

**Monthly Prices shown are calculated using an assumed usage of 730 hours per month.

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AWS Free Tier includes 750 hours of both Linux and Windows t2.micro instances each month for one year for new AWS customers.  To stay within the Free Tier, use only t2.micro instances.

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