New AWS EC2 Instances Feature 70% I/O Boost

NVMe SSD Head-to-Head: AWS, DigitalOcean,

Apr 15th 2017over 1 year ago

May 5th 2017over 1 year ago

Boost Cloud Performance up to 70%

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General notes & sections for select hosting providers below (mid-2017).

Amazon Web Services / EC2 / EBS / S3

TLDR; AWS features restrictive hardware & pricing tiers. The i3 hardware series is the only type I would consider from a Price/performance (and absolute performance) perspective.


Note the i3.*xlarge is the only hardware to feature competitively priced NVMe storage (ultra-fast +1GB/s speeds). The major limiting factor I found was the real network speed. Servers with advertised speeds “up to 10/Gb/s” struggled to get close to 1/Gb/s (60-80MB/s).

Network tests used up to 9 additional instances in the same availability zone. Any erroneous data points I replaced with a 0. Additional tests are needed as only 1-2 samples were collected.

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