Amazon EC2 Instance Configuration
When you plan and configure EBS volumes for your application, it is important to consider the configuration of the instances that you will attach the volumes to. In order to get the most performance out of your EBS volumes, you should attach them to an instance with enough bandwidth to support your volumes, such as an EBS-optimized instance or an instance with 10 Gigabit network connectivity. This is especially important when you stripe multiple volumes together in a RAID configuration.
Use EBS-Optimized or 10 Gigabit Network Instances
Any performance-sensitive workloads that require minimal variability and dedicated Amazon EC2 to Amazon EBS traffic, such as production databases or business applications, should use volumes that are attached to an EBS-optimized instance or an instance with 10 Gigabit network connectivity. EC2 instances that do not meet this criteria offer no guarantee of network resources. The only way to ensure sustained reliable network bandwidth between your EC2 instance and your EBS volumes is to launch the EC2 instance as EBS-optimized or choose an instance type with 10 Gigabit network connectivity. To see which instance types include 10 Gigabit network connectivity, see Instance Type Details. For information about configuring EBS-optimized instances, see Amazon EBS–Optimized Instances.
Choose an EC2 Instance with Enough Bandwidth
Launching an instance that is EBS-optimized provides you with a dedicated connection between your EC2 instance and your EBS volume. However, it is still possible to provision EBS volumes that exceed the available bandwidth for certain instance types, especially when multiple volumes are striped in a RAID configuration. The following table shows which instance types are available to be launched as EBS-optimized, the dedicated bandwidth to Amazon EBS, the maximum amount of IOPS the instance can support if you are using a 16 KB I/O size, and the approximate I/O bandwidth available on that connection in MB/s. Be sure to choose an EBS-optimized instance that provides more dedicated EBS throughput than your application needs; otherwise, the Amazon EBS to Amazon EC2 connection will become a performance bottleneck.
The table below and the following examples use 16 KB as an I/O size for explanatory purposes only; your application I/O size may vary (Amazon EBS measures each I/O operation per second that is 256 KiB or smaller as one IOPS). For more information about IOPS and the relationship between I/O size and volume throughput limits, see I/O Characteristics.
|Instance type||EBS-optimized by default||Max. bandwidth (Mbps)*||Expected throughput (MB/s)**||Max. IOPS (16 KB I/O size)**|
* These instance types must be launched as EBS-optimized to consistently achieve this level of performance.
** This value is a rounded approximation based on a 100% read-only workload and it is provided as a baseline configuration aid. EBS-optimized connections are full-duplex, and can drive more throughput and IOPS in a 50/50 read/write workload where both communication lanes are used. In some cases, network, file system, and Amazon EBS encryption overhead can reduce the maximum throughput and IOPS available.
Note that some instances with 10-gigabit network interfaces, such as
r3.8xlarge, do not offer
EBS-optimization, and therefore do not have dedicated EBS bandwidth available and are not
listed here. However, you can use all of that bandwidth for traffic to Amazon EBS if your
application isn’t pushing other network traffic that contends with Amazon EBS. Some other
10-gigabit network instances, such as
offer dedicated Amazon EBS bandwidth in addition to a 10-gigabit interface which is used
exclusively for network traffic.
m1.large instance has a maximum 16 KB IOPS value of 4,000, but
unless this instance type is launched as EBS-optimized, that value is an absolute best-case
scenario and is not guaranteed; to consistently achieve 4,000 16 KB IOPS, you must launch this
instance as EBS-optimized. However, if a 4,000 IOPS
io1 volume is attached to an
m1.large instance, the Amazon EC2 to Amazon EBS connection bandwidth
limit prevents this volume from providing the 320 MB/s maximum aggregate throughput available
to it. In this case, we must use an EBS-optimized EC2 instance that supports at least 320 MB/s
of throughput, such as the
c4.8xlarge instance type.
Volumes of type General Purpose SSD (
gp2) have a throughput limit between 128 MB/s and 160 MB/s per
volume (depending on volume size), which pairs well with a 1,000 Mbps EBS-optimized
connection. Instance types that offer more than 1,000 Mbps of throughput to Amazon EBS can use more
gp2 volume to take advantage of the available throughput. Volumes of type Provisioned IOPS SSD
io1) have a throughput limit range of 256 KiB for each IOPS provisioned, up to a maximum of
320 MiB/s (at 1,280 IOPS). For more information, see Amazon EBS Volume Types.
Instance types with 10 Gigabit network connectivity support up to 800 MB/s of throughput
and 48,000 16K IOPS for unencrypted Amazon EBS volumes and up to 25,000 16K IOPS for encrypted
Amazon EBS volumes. Because the maximum
io1 value for EBS volumes is 20,000 for
and 10,000 for
gp2 volumes, you can use several EBS volumes simultaneously to reach
the level of I/O performance available to these instance types. For more information about
which instance types include 10 Gigabit network connectivity, see Instance Type Details.
You should use EBS-optimized instances when available to get the full performance benefits
of Amazon EBS
io1 volumes. For more information, see Amazon EBS–Optimized Instances.