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Amazon Taps SSDs For High Speed Storage and Analytics

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Amazon Web Services has introduced High I/O instances for its EC2 compute cloud, leveraging solid-state disks (SSDs) to speed up storage I/O. The SSDs can deliver 120,000+ read and 80,000 write operations per second. Although pitched at companies providing consumer apps, such performance would help to make AWS more attractive to running financial analytics, perhaps on time series data.

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