Amazon Introduces Rentable Servers for App Developers [Video]

July 20, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Almost everybody writes code for a living and almost every geeky guy you met on the street has an app under his name.

With the popularisation of tablets and smartphones, app development has turned out to be a buzz word. Amazon is trying to catch some fish from that flood now.

It has introduced SSD-backed servers which can be rented through company’s web services. The move is mainly targeting to draw the mushrooming developers to their cloud storage services.

The High I/O Quadruple Extra Large EC2 (Elastic Cloud Compute) which was launched on Wednesday boasts about 2 TB of local SSD based storage coupled with a 60.5 GB of RAM.

The service touts its 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity too. According to the official blog post from Amazon about the service, these Elastic Cloud Compute instances will be suitable especially for NoSQL databases.

The other specs include 8 virtual cores, clocking in at a total of 35 ECU (EC2 Compute Units) and HVM and PV virtualization also.

The new generation apps which turns out to be highly I/O dependent needs a massive storage and quick retrieval to provide a rich personalised experience to their users, often by responding to gestures and clicks in real time.

PV Visualisation feature is capable of offering 120,000 random read input/output operations per second (IOPS) and between 10,000 and 85,000 write IOPS.

Amazon currently offers the service only in North Virginia and Ireland and if you are interested you can hire the services here. In North Virginia, the service costs a rent rate of $3.10 while it is $3.41 in Ireland.

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