With the M6i series, Amazon has announced a new AWS EC2 instance with x86 architecture. The new virtual machines are based on the Xeon processors from Intel’s Ice Lake series and, in addition to the expected performance upgrades, also offer the always-one memory encryption TME (Total Memory Encryption) from Intel.
Compared to the Intel instances of the previous fifth EC2 generation Amazon promises a 15 percent increase in computing power. There will also be a new, largest instance in the future: the m6i.32xlarge variant has 128 vCPUs, 512 GB of RAM and a 20 percent higher memory throughput per vCPU compared to its predecessor. In addition, the flagship allows a network speed of 50 Gbit / s and a bandwidth of 40 Gbit / s to the AWS block storage Amazon Elastic Block Store.
Sixth EC2 generation now also with Intel chips
Also new is the addition “i” in the name of the M6i instance series, which indicates the use of Intel processors – analogously, the suffix “a” already identifies AMD processors, “g” stands for Amazon’s Graviton CPUs. At the end of last year, Amazon had already ushered in the sixth generation of its VM service EC2 with its in-house Graviton2 processors. With the M6i series, AWS is now expanding its range to include systems based on the x86 microprocessor architecture.
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The M6i instances are now available in six AWS regions, including Frankfurt. As is typical for EC2, the price structure is highly customizable and depending on the application, it depends on the bandwidth or the duration of use. The exact Prices are on the AWS page visible.
EC2 stands for Elastic Compute Cloud and is an AWS service for renting virtual machines. Just recently, Amazon announced that it was saying goodbye to the original, but now outdated, network infrastructure EC2-Classic.