Following the Graviton2's first official announcement back in December, as well as the preview period that has been going on for several months now, Amazon has today publicly launched new m6g instanced based on their new in-house Arm platform.

We had a more in-depth look into the Graviton2 in our analysis article back in March, and the Amazon silicon and Arm's Neoverse-N1 cores certainly delivered on its promises, showcasing competitive performance both in single-threaded as well as multi-threaded scenarios. Most importantly, on AWS, the m6g instances delivered better cost efficiency compared to competing Intel and AMD-based instances. 

The new m6g instances in Amazon's main global regions, including US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) starting today.

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  • DanNeely - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Unless I'm missing something (is the pricelist linked upthread incomplete?) m6 is arm/Graviton only making m5 the closest x86 option and best comparison target.
  • azfacea - Friday, May 15, 2020 - link

    it may be the closest x86 generation but m5 has been available since before 2017 if i am not wrong. its clearly different generation.
  • azfacea - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    the proper way to read that table is by considering an arm "medium" to be comparable to an x86 "medium" at least in compute, i.e. cpu benchmarks
  • Wilco1 - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Equivalent instances are both cheaper as well as faster, so the savings multiply. Typical result seems to be that x86 instances are 40-50% more expensive for a given task.
  • voicequal - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    "the m6g instances delivered better cost efficiency compared to competing Intel and AMD-based instances."

    This has been discussed before, but it's premature to draw hard conclusions from price comparisons when AWS has complete price control and doesn't share their costs publicly. Time will tell if this price/performance advantage is sustained, though Graviton certainly puts AMD & Intel on notice.
  • brucethemoose - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    Also, Amazon has *no problem* running those Graviton instances at a loss to gain market share.
  • eastcoast_pete - Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - link

    This! Amazon plays the long game - that's how they got where they are now. They'll eat a loss for a while to get market share, then raise their rates when they have a large enough captive audience.
  • Wilco1 - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    There isn't a captive audience - there isn't a single x86 or Arm cloud provider. So you can easily switch to another cloud provider which offers a lower price. If anything competition between various Arm cloud providers will likely drive prices lower. The assertion that the prices will be raised dramatically soon is preposterous.
  • eastcoast_pete - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Amazon doesn't have to raise their prices, they just don't have to pass on their own increased savings from economy of scale etc . The "captive audience" can escape, as you correctly point out, but I wonder just how many customers will stick with what they know works, even if it costs a bit more than the competition now. Try to get your CIO sign off on changing a cloud services provider for a few percent of savings: some will laud your efforts, some will say no, many might say "I'm not sure about this." I would be curious how many here have jumped to another cloud computing provider based mainly on price.
  • RSAUser - Monday, May 18, 2020 - link

    Would have to be quite an increase compared to competition to get a business to move, the cost of migration also includes possible downtime, customer interruption, etc.

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