Amazon EC2 for Developers, the Most Affordable Instance from AWS

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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SEATTLE, WA: Amazon Web Services has launched T2 instances, a new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance type designed to radically bring down the costs for applications that does not necessitate sustained high CPU performance. They are ideal for web servers, developer environments, and small databases. It is most suitable for developers who only need a single self sufficient server for few hours a day to rum particular business processes.

With the prices opening at $0.013 per hour ($9.50 per month), T2 instances, presently are the most economic Amazon EC2 instance option available. When used with Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) General Purpose (SSD) volumes, T2 instances also bring high-performance storage options to customers at very low price.

 “Amazon EC2 provides an unmatched selection of instances to support customers running whatever workload they want on AWS. Some of our customers have requested instance types that optimize their performance and cost for applications that don’t use the full CPU capability frequently, but require the full CPU resources for short bursts,” says  Matt Garman, Vice President, Amazon EC2 at Amazon Web Services. “T2 instances address this need by providing a consistent baseline performance with the ability to burst to full CPU core performance – all at a very low cost.”

Customers can launch T2 instances using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS SDKs, AWS Marketplace, and third-party libraries. T2 instances can also be purchased as On-Demand and Reserved Instances.

According to Engine Yard, the loud application management platform, “Customers deploy critical production applications on Engine Yard. The prototyping and staging environments required to support these applications typically run 24/7 and can be underutilized when not handling a production request load,” says  Rob Walters, CTO, Engine Yard. “Customers can run T2 instances on our cloud platform to reduce their infrastructure costs and increase performance. This enables them to launch new applications easily and helps them grow their businesses.”