Amazon Web Services (AWS) is set to make it easier for users to move their workloads to Graviton processors with a new initiative.
AWS Graviton is a custom processor from AWS based on the Arm64 architecture, supported by popular Linux operating systems such as Amazon Linux 2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu.
The new initiative, called AWS Gravitation Fast Start, will cover a variety of the tech giant’s managed services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), AWS Lambda, AWS Fargate and Amazon Aurora.
AWS Gravitation Quickstart
Users will receive step-by-step instructions on how to move workloads across these different managed services.
AWS says that for most customers, the migration should require minimal code changes—however, this can change depending on factors such as a company’s software development environment and the technology stack on which its application is built.
It’s not the first time Amazon has taken steps to convince users to migrate to Graviton – with Graviton Challenge (opens in new tab) offering users who successfully migrated their projects “prizes and hassle” in exchange for a social media shout-out.
Amazon is constantly introducing new iterations of its Graviton processors, the latest being the Graviton3.
Amazon claims its Graviton3 processors can deliver up to 25% higher performance, up to 2x higher floating-point throughput and 50% faster memory access – based on DDR5 memory technology – compared to Graviton2 processors.
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) (opens in new tab) The C7g cases are the first cases to be powered by the latest generation AWS chip and are now generally available.
You can check the program by the title here (opens in new tab) – to sweeten the deal, Amazon also offers a free trial on Graviton-based T4g instances (opens in new tab) for up to 750 hours per month until 31 December 2022.
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