Finally, Graviton3-powered AWS instances are available

As of this writing, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) C7g instances are available to all customers.

Amazon clarified for non-technical users what the word “C7g” implies in the context of cloud hosting.

The “C” instance family is based on AWS Graviton and is optimised for compute-intensive applications. This is the 7th iteration of the “C” instance family. The Graviton3 processors that power these instances are the first to be used in AWS instances.

Why should users care?

The Graviton3 processors, based on DDR5 memory technology, are said to be 25% faster than Graviton2 processors in terms of raw performance, 2x faster in floating-point, and 50% quicker in memory access.

In addition, Amazon says Graviton3 consumes up to 60% less energy for the same performance as similar EC2 instances, which helps clients like Snap lower their carbon impact.

It’s possible to get a C7g instance of any size with 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, or 64 vCPUs, as well as up to 128 GiB of RAM, 30 Gbps of network speed, and 20 Gbps of Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) performance, all for a price of only $1.99 per month. The AWS Nitro System, which combines specialised hardware with a lightweight hypervisor, powers these instances.

However, the new approach won’t be implemented in all areas from the start, at least not yet.

After a successful beta period, C7g instances will be accessible in AWS Regions US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon).

Graviton instances are built on Arm architecture, rather than Intel’s x86, therefore Amazon addressed consumers’ worries regarding migration.

In general, Amazon recommends that applications and scripts created in high-level programming languages like Python or Node.js be re-deployed, while programmes written in lower-level programming languages like C/C++, Rust, or Go be re-compiled.

As an added bonus, Amazon has also made Graviton available for use with both AWS Fargate and AWS Lambda, enabling serverless applications.

The EC2 price page has pricing information for the new instances if you’re curious about what they’ll cost you.

With the help of Amazon, consumers who are considering a transfer may access this collection of technical resources.