Amazon EC2 instance store temporary block storage for Amazon EC2 instances - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

Amazon EC2 instance store temporary block storage for Amazon EC2 instances

An instance store provides temporary block-level storage for your instance. This storage is located on disks that are physically attached to the host computer. Instance store is ideal for temporary storage of information that changes frequently, such as buffers, caches, scratch data, and other temporary content. It can also be used to store temporary data that you replicate across a fleet of instances, such as a load-balanced pool of web servers.

An instance store consists of one or more instance store volumes exposed as block devices. The size of an instance store as well as the number of devices available varies by instance type and instance size. For more information, see Instance store volume limits for Amazon EC2 instances.

The virtual devices for instance store volumes are ephemeral[0-23]. Instance types that support one instance store volume have ephemeral0. Instance types that support two or more instance store volumes have ephemeral0, ephemeral1, and so on.

Amazon EC2 instance storage
Instance store pricing

Instance store volumes are included as part of the instance's usage cost.