Now Amazon really means it

Big, new AWS C4 instances are here — for real

Amazon Web Services pre-announced big, new C4 compute instances in November at AWS Re:invent, apparently re-announced them on January 2 in a disappearing blog post, and on Monday announced availability officially (with the same blog post). Talk about recycling.

In November, [company]Intel[/company] SVP and GM Diane Bryant helped [company]Amazon[/company] CTO Werner Vogels introduce the instances, which are based on Intel’s Haswell chip with a base speed of 2.9 GHz and achievable clock speeds of up to 3.5 GHz.

The latest additions to the AWS’s EC2 menu, the instances could be a boon for compute-intensive workloads in online gaming, risk analysis or graphics rendering.

This is the latest shot fired in the compute instance arms race. Last week, [company]Microsoft[/company] announced availability of its big G4 VMs (Microsoft speak for instances).

In case you’ve forgotten, here are the various now-available instances with pricing for U.S. East and West (Oregon) regions. (The instances are also available in other AWS regions, but prices may vary.)

aws c4 instance pricing