Chip Shot: New Amazon EC2 X1 Instance Type Powered by Highest Performing Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v3

Today at re:Invent, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced new Amazon EC2 X1 instances, which will feature up to 2 TB of memory, a full order of magnitude larger than the current generation of AWS high-memory instances. Demonstrating the importance of obtaining the highest performance available, AWS selected the 4 socket Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8880 v3 (Haswell) to power the new instances. Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v3 based platforms, commonly used for mission-critical workloads in enterprise environments, feature up to 6 TB of memory and up to 72 cores in a 4 socket configuration. This scale up horsepower can enable real-time analytics via in memory computing and increased data center efficiency and reliability. AWS expects to have the X1 instances available in the first half of 2016. Check out the Intel blog for additional details. For more information on the AWS EC2 instances powered by Intel Xeon E7 processors, visit Amazon EC2 Instances.