AWS X1 Instances Make Room for Your Memory Intensive Workloads

By Flux7 Labs
June 1, 2016

On May 18th, Amazon announced the availability of its much asked for — and anticipated — X1 instance type. It is a new instance type with a large amount, 2TB to be specific, of memory. Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers have been asking for instances with more memory for their memory-intensive workloads for a while now and with X1 instances, AWS has delivered.

As you’d imagine, the X1 instance type enables organizations to use the cloud for their large memory applications. Our AWS consultants typically encounter databases, particularly MS SQL Server, and SAP HANA that will definitely benefit from the availability of the new X1 instance.

Wait No Longer
If you’ve been holding back on making a move to the cloud because you have resource needs that had until now exceeded AWS’ largest memory instances, the barriers have been removed; with X1 instances you can migrate your on-premise deployments of memory-intensive applications to AWS without worry.

For example, a Fortune 1000 electronic design automation (EDA) customer of ours runs a two-part infrastructure due to AWS’ memory constraints – up till now, that is. The two infrastructure parts consist of an on-premise cluster for jobs that require large memory, and an AWS setup for typical jobs. The X1 instance will now allow this West Coast firm to consolidate its two-part approach in AWS and take full advantage of the automation, on-demand pricing, elasticity, and scale that AWS offers.

As AWS partners, we have helped a wide variety of clients develop a cloud migration strategy that fits their unique needs, based on learning from hundreds of successful project.

If you have on-premise applications with a large memory footprint and you are in need of cloud migration services, please contact us. We’d be happy to discuss how you can use X1 instances to increase automation, achieve scale, and lower capital expenditure.

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