I'm happy to announce that the following EC2 instance types are now available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region and that you can start using them today:
Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large (cc2.8xlarge) - With 60.5 GiB of RAM, a pair of Intel Xeon E5-2670 processors, and 3.3 TB of instance storage, the very high CPU performance and cluster networking features of this instance type make it a great fit for applications such as analytics, encoding, renderings, and High Performance Computing (HPC).
High Memory Cluster Eight Extra Large Instance (cr1.8xlarge) - Featuring 244 GiB of RAM, dual Xeon E5-2670's, and 240 GB of SSD instance storage, you can run memory-intensive analytics, databases, HPC workloads, and other memory-bound applications on these instances.
High I/O Quadruple Extra Large (hi1.4xlarge) - 60.5 GiB of RAM and 2 TB of SSD storage, along with 16 virtual cores make this instance a perfect host for transactional systems and NoSQL databases like Cassandra and MongoDB that can benefit from very high random I/O performance.
High Storage Eight Extra Large (hs1.8xlarge) - 117 GiB of RAM, 48 TB of instance storage (24 drives, each with 2 TB), and 16 virtual cores provide high sequential I/O performance across very large data sets. You can build a data warehouse, run Hadoop jobs, and host cluster file systems on these instances.
All of the instances listed above also include 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking and feature very high network I/O performance. You can learn more about them on the EC2 Instance Types page. You may also find the EC2 Instance Types table handy.
PS - We are also launching Amazon Redshift in the Tokyo Region.