Amazon offers cloud-based SSDs for low-latency applications

Amazon Web Services is offering SSDs in the cloud to support low-latency applications

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is offering solid-state disks (SSDs) in the cloud to support low-latency applications.

The cloud service is providing SSDs capable of delivering in excess of 120,000 read input/output operations per second (IOps) and more than 80,000 write IOps, according to Amazon. 

The company said the SSD-based, high I/O instance type would suit applications such as transaction processing, time series analysis, and mobile and streaming applications that require low-latency access to storage systems that can deliver tens of thousands of IOps.

“These new instances are a more efficient and cost-effective way to run high I/O applications, and are another example of our roadmap being shaped by our customers – this has been a top request from customers over the past few months,” said Peter De Santis, vice-president of Amazon EC2.

Streaming TV service Netflix is looking to move to the new service. “The ability to leverage SSD-backed instances which provide tens of thousands of IOps will significantly increase the performance of our clusters and overall service capability,” said Adrian Cockcroft, director of architecture at Netflix.

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