I am happy to announce a reduction in the On Demand and Reserved Instance (RI) prices for EC2's HI1 (First Generation High I/O Performance) instances in select AWS regions, effective December 1, 2013, along with availability in the form of Spot Instances
The HI1 instances feature 16 vCPUs (Virtual CPUs), 60.5 GiB of RAM, 2 TB of SSD-backed instance storage, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, including support for cluster placement groups. You can learn more about them in the blog post that I wrote when we launched this instance type late last year.
The On Demand prices for Linux and Windows instances have been reduced by 10% for HI1 instances in EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo).This change takes effect on December 1, 2013.
We are also reducing Reserved Instance (RI) pricing for HI1 - Linux and Windows instances by 10% for HI1 instances in EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo). New Reserved Instance prices will only apply to Reserved Instances purchases made on or after December 1.
You can now bid for HI1 instances on the Spot market in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland) and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions.