Last week, Data Center Knowledge published a piece on Microsoft’s ‘Monster’ Azure instances, with RAM capacities approaching half a terabyte at 448 GB.
Microsoft Azure has launched its most powerful cloud instances to date. The new G-series instances go up to 32 cores, 448 GiB of RAM, and 6,596 GB of local SSD storage.
Microsoft Azure Launches Monster Cloud Instances, Data Center Knowledge, 8 January 2015
The article continues to detail
The highest-memory instance available on Google Compute Engine is 104 GB
The Azure announcement comes before the expected roll-out of new high-octane cloud instances by AWS. …the upcoming C4 instances, which will go up to…60 GB of RAM.
However, the R3 instances from Amazon, optimized for memory, reach capacities of up to 244 GB.
This week, Business Insider published a post outlining “The Vicious Price War Going On In Cloud Computing,” that details in finer granularity the precipitous drop of average monthly cost per GB of RAM. The chart comes from RBC Capital’s Mark Mahaney.
All of this bodes well for customers who are tackling the most pressing data workloads that require more and more memory. While the increase availability of flash and solid state media have helped alleviate workload pressure, memory in the form of DRAM, with its drastically faster performance capabilities, continues to dominate the discussion.
Of course, if you wanted to go full bore, you could pick up a SuperServer Solution from Supermicro and put a whopping 6TB of DDR3 memory inside.