Looks like AWS is ready to roll out spiffy new Intel C4 instances

New, muscular Intel Haswell-based C4 instances are now available to the masses — or will be soon– depending on whether an Amazon Web Services blog post that went up, then came down, on Friday morning is accurate.

From the post:

The new C4 instances are based on the Intel Xeon E5-2666 v3 (code name Haswell) processor. This custom processor, optimized for EC2, runs at a base speed of 2.9 GHz, and can achieve clock speeds as high as 3.5 GHz with Turbo Boost. These instances are designed to deliver the highest level of processor performance on EC2.

The new EC2 lineup  was “pre-announced” by Intel GM and VP Diane Bryant at AWS Re:invent in November. At that time, however, neither Bryant nor Amazon CTO Werner Vogels provided much detail about the C4 instances, saying only that [company]Intel[/company] and [company]Amazon[/company] collaborated on design to make sure the chip was optimized for AWS use. I’ve asked AWS for comment and will update this as needed. The pricing disclosed on the blog post is as follows:


aws c4 instance pricing

The fact that [company]Amazon[/company], which used to announce things only when they were ready to roll, has taken to pre-announcing products, shows just how much the company has evolved into an IT provider in the mold of [company]Microsoft[/company], which was famous for introducing products early. Of course, the lag time in cloud is a fraction of what it was in the client-server era, so an announcement in mid-November for delivery in early January — if the disappearing post is accurate — really isn’t so bad.