As promised in it’s re: Invent conference of Las Vegas earlier this year, Amazon has gone live with the new t2.nano instance type for EC2 Computing Service. The smallest instance from AWS will cost only $4,75 a month or $0.0065 an hour in US regions and Amazon believes new instances will work best for developer environments, low-traffic website hosting and running micro services — basically anything that doesn’t need a lot of memory and sustained high levels of CPU power.
A full pricing spec sheet can be found here.
We at ASCAMSO decided to compare t2.nano to t2.micro, to see the price performance impact of the lower price accompanied with lower RAM.
Performance delivered (Check Figure 1) by the new t2.nano instance is indeed quite good, and stands close to the output received from the t2.micro instance. This leads us to the question that can customers incur savings by substitution of t2.nano for t2.micro?
In our view ‘Not right away’, substituting t2.nano for t2.micro results in an overall saving of only 5 USD per month per machine. So if you are not running huge numbers, you may want to wait for the next maintenance window. In case large instances of t2.micro are employed, significant savings can be achieved as pointed by USD/MASC variation in figure below.
Figure 1. * ASC per core is a measure developed by Ascamso to benchmark technical performance of providers.
** $/MASC lower the better
Cost Savings aside, our tests also additionally point to very stable CoV (Coefficient of variation) for t2.nano instance, meaning across multiple tests, performance doesn’t wary much.
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