Amazon boosts cloud offerings with souped-up virtual servers

Amazon Web Services launched new, more powerful general-purpose and data-warehouse virtual servers as it works to stay ahead of the competition by offering users a wider array of cloud-service options.

Amazon has had a busy week, expanding its portfolio on Tuesday and Thursday with new virtual servers, or “instances,” for its public cloud.

The M4 family is Amazon’s latest generation of EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) general purpose instances. There are five sizes to choose among, each with up to 40 virtual CPUs and 172GB of system memory, Amazon said Thursday.

The top size costs users from $ 2.52 per hour when they pay on an on-demand basis. The smallest size costs $ 0.126 per hour and has 2 virtual CPUs and 8.6GB of system memory.

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