According to AWS, the volumes are engineered to provide predictable performance for a broad range of workloads, including personal productivity, small to medium-sized databases, test and development environments and boot volumes, and customers only pay for the storage they provision with no additional charges, with the option of choosing between three Amazon EBS volume types, according to their workload needs. The General Purpose volumes introduced today are the default Amazon EBS volume. Per Amazon EBS, Magnetic volumes, formerly known as Standard volumes, provide the lowest cost per gigabyte of all Amazon EBS volume types.
“Customers have been using Amazon EBS since 2008 to run their most demanding applications and databases on AWS. We continue to iterate on the service to support the evolving needs of our customers,” said Peter De Santis, VP, compute at Amazon Web Services, in a press release. “In 2012, we introduced Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes, providing customers with access to SSD technology for their most demanding workloads. With the introduction of EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes today, SSD technology can now be applied to a much broader range of use cases at a lower cost while also delivering high IOPS, low latency, and high bandwidth.”
Customers can launch General Purpose (SSD) volumes using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or AWS SDKs. For more information on Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes, visit: http://aws.amazon.com/ebs
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