Over at TechCrunch, Alex Williams writes that Amazon Web Services has added a new storage instance for data intensive applications. Designed for applications that require high storage depth and I/O performance, the High Storage Eight Extra Large (hs1.8xlarge) instances includes 120 GiB of RAM, 16 virtual cores (providing 35 ECU of compute performance), and 48 TB of instance storage across 24 hard disk drives capable of delivering up to 2.4 GB per second of I/O performance.
The storage on this instance family is local, and has a lifetime equal to that of the instance. You should think of these instances as building blocks that you can use to build a complete storage system. You should build a degree of redundancy into your storage architecture (e.g. RAID 1, 5, or 6) and you should use a fault-tolerant file system like HDFS or Gluster. Of course, you should also back up your data to Amazon S3 for increased durability.
The new storage instances are applicable to data warehouse applications, log processing and specific applications for verticals such as retail and energy. In related news, the recently announced AWS Data Pipeline service is now available. Read the Full Story.