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On November 27th, according to foreign media reports, thanks to the energy-efficient ARM processing architecture server chip, Amazon Cloud Services AWS launched a cheaper computing service.
AWS is the market leader in public cloud infrastructure and the first large cloud provider to introduce computing resources based on ARM architecture. Other companies, such as Microsoft, Google, and IBM, compete with Amazon to provide enterprises with a public cloud infrastructure that stores data and runs applications through a public cloud infrastructure.
Enterprise customers' computing workloads typically run on Intel architecture-based chips. But for a long time, it has been argued that Softbank's ARM processor architecture is a potential replacement that can operate with less energy and reduce costs. ARM architecture technology is widely used in smartphone and tablet chips.
Peter DeSantis, AWS's vice president of global infrastructure and customer support, said in a keynote speech at the AWS Reinvent User Conference in Las Vegas on Monday that the EC2 A1 computing instance relied on the company. The Graviton processor developed by chip development team Annapurna is based on the ARM architecture. Desantis said that for some workloads, such as Web servers, the cost could be reduced by 45%.
Amazon acquired Annapurna in 2015. Earlier, Amazon hired several employees from Calxeda, a startup that is committed to developing ARM-based server systems.
Although most of Amazon's revenue still comes from merchandise sales, AWS has become the key to the company's financial health. In the third quarter, more than half of Amazon's operating profit came from AWS. Amazon's online store revenue grew 10% year-on-year, while AWS service revenue grew 46%. AWS now has more than 125 services available to customers, including the core EC2 computing service. Users can now get A1 instances from four data center areas of AWS located around the world.
Earlier this year, AWS announced the introduction of a compute instance containing an AMD chip server.
Last year, Microsoft demonstrated a Windows server operating system running on an ARM-based server, but it is not currently possible to perform ARM-based computing instances from Microsoft's Azure public cloud.