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Amazon Web Services Announces Two New Low-Cost HDD-Backed Storage Options for Amazon Elastic Block Store

SEATTLE, Apr 19, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company AMZN, -1.47% today announced the availability of two new low-cost hard disk drive (HDD)-backed storage options for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), offering customers predictable performance for throughput-intensive and big data workloads with large data sets, large input/output (I/O) block sizes, and sequential I/O patterns. Amazon EBS Throughput Optimized HDD (st1) and Amazon EBS Cold HDD (sc1) volumes deliver customers consistent baseline performance with the ability to “burst” to higher throughput in order to meet the performance needs of MapReduce, Kafka, Extract/Transform and Load (ETL), log processing, and data warehouse workloads. Amazon EBS customers pay only for the storage they provision, with no additional charges for throughput, and prices start at $0.025/GB month. To get started with Amazon EBS Throughput Optimized HDD (st1) and Cold HDD (sc1) volumes, visit

Since launching Amazon EBS in 2008, AWS has continually innovated to offer block storage options which allow customers to optimize their storage performance and cost for a wide range of workloads. In 2012, AWS began offering Amazon EBS volumes that incorporated advances in SSD technology to deliver high-performance persistent storage for latency-sensitive transactional workloads like databases that require consistently high input/output operations per second (IOPS). In 2014, AWS introduced a price/performance optimized SSD-based storage service that pioneered an IOPS “bursting” model to cost-effectively deliver the IOPS performance required for a broad range of transactional workloads, including boot volumes, development/test, and low-latency interactive applications. With today’s announcement, AWS continues this innovation, delivering the industry’s best price/performance block storage for big data workloads. Designed as the new generation of AWS’s HDD-based storage, these Amazon EBS volumes are optimized for throughput-intensive, big data workloads like processing logs or streaming data with Kafka, performing cluster data...