• C6gn is powered by Arm-based AWS graviton2 processor. It is designed for network-intensive workloads like data modeling and high-performance computing. However, it has better packet processing capabilities than other instances. According to AWS, C6gn allows users to “consolidate their workloads onto smaller instances or smaller instance size, and reduce infrastructure cost.”
  • G4adm, powered with AMD GPUs: These instances are designed for graphics-intensive applications and can render high-quality images for virtual worksstations, game streaming, and other jobs. However, they offer a “45% better price performance than NVIDIA-powered instances (namely G4dn).
  • M5zn powered by Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs: Designed for high compute performance and high network throughput but with less memory. This allows users to avoid spending more computing resources than they actually need to perform complex calculations and analyze real-time data for their financial, analytical, and gaming workloads.
  • D3/D3en, powered with Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs: Storage-intensive workloads that require high network speeds. These instances offer better storage and network performance than the D2 instance.
  • R5b, powered with Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs: Designed to handle large relational database workloads that use Elastic Block Store storage (EBS), R5b promises a triple “instance-to EBS” performance improvement over the current R5 instance. AWS stated that this will significantly increase performance for large database workloads that process large amounts of data in memory.

AWS also announced other compute news. The company said it is working on smaller versions of its AWS Outposts product, which will be released sometime in 2021. AWS Outposts allows organizations to run the full AWS cloud from their premises using server racks that AWS delivers and installs at the location they choose. AWS Outposts currently comes in a 42-rack unit measuring 80 inches high, 24 inches wide, and 48 inches deep. AWS is currently developing two sizes of server racks: a 1.75-inch single-rack server and a 3.5 inch two-rack server. These new forms consume significantly less power and bandwidth than the existing AWS Outposts product. AWS is expanding its “Local Zones” footprint. Although they are not fully-fledged AWS regions, local zones can extend AWS’ capabilities to densely populated areas like Los Angeles. They are designed for applications that are sensitive to latency and throughput and require close proximity to end users than the existing AWS regions. AWS launched Local Zones in Houston and Boston, along with another dozen opening next year at re:Invent.