Adding to its already diverse family of burstable instances for Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2), Amazon Web Services has started rolling out the new t2.nano on Tuesday. The new instance will go on to become the smallest and cheapest of the already existing micro, small, medium and large t2 instances.
We had first heard from AWS during the re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas that it would soon release a tiny instance type for its AC2 service. True to its words, the t2.nano is finally here.
The new instance will cost you only $4.75 per month ($0.0065 per hour), if used in the US. This is by far the lowest price at which you can run an EC2 instance. The features of the t2.nano include 512 MiB of memory and a single virtual CPU. These specifications are enough for you to apply any workload that requires a consistent baseline performance with the ability to burst. The processors are backed by the latest Intel Xeon processors with clock speeds up to 3.3 GHz.
The applications of the t2.nano are many. Here’s what AWS says the t2 is suitable for:
The t2.nano is recommended for low-traffic website hosting, micro services and developer environments which have low memory needs and don’t need consistently high levels of CPU on average, but benefit significantly from having full access to very fast CPUs when they need them. As the requirements of your workload grow, you can scale to larger T2 instance sizes or other EC2 instance types.
The instances are capable of running any operating system regardless of it being a 32-bit variant or a 64-bit one. Though, we (and by that, we mean AWS) highly recommend you not to use Windows.
The instances have been made available in multiple regions throughout the world. These include US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (San Francisco), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Brazil (Sao Paolo), and the GovCloud (US) region. Other future additions include EU (Frankfurt) and Australia (Sydney).