Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched new elastic compute cloud instances that are powered by Arm’s processing architecture but designed by AWS. The Arm-based processor, called AWS Graviton, was developed by Annapurna Labs, an AWS subsidiary that the company acquired in 2015.
AWS said that by using Arm’s architecture it can make it more economical for companies to share workloads across a group of smaller instances such as containerized microservices or web servers. Depending upon the type of workload, AWS said that using AWS Graviton could reduce costs by as much as 40 percent or more.
The news is significant because it’s the first time AWS has worked with Arm-based processors, which are considered very energy efficient. AWS has worked with a number of other semiconductor companies including AMD, Nvidia, Intel, Xilinx, and Cavium, which was purchased by Marvell.
The Annapurna Labs subsidiary makes networking chips that are used to move data more efficiently and save power in data centers, according to MTN Consulting, which earlier this year released a report about the networking equipment that AWS makes to support its cloud business.
The Arm-based cloud instances are called A1 instances and there are five of them. According to Jeff Barr, AWS’ chief evangelist, the A1 instances are available now in the U.S. East (N. Virginia), U.S. East (Ohio), U.S. West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) Regions.
AWS continues to see its revenue climb. In the third quarter, the cloud division saw revenue grow 46 percent. The company also reported an annualized run rate above $26 billion, compared to $18 billion at the same time the previous year.