AWS 提昇了 Amazon EBS 能提供的效能上限

AWS 宣佈 Amazon EBS 可以提供的效能往上提高了 (這邊講的是 Provisioned IOPS SSD,代號 io1):「Amazon EBS Improves Performance for io1 Volumes」。

單一 volume 的 IOPS 從 20K 變成 32K,thoughput 從 320MB/sec 變成 500MB/sec:

Today we are announcing an improvement in performance of Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1) Volumes from 20,000 IOPS to 32,000 IOPS and from 320 MB/s to 500 MB/s of throughput per volume.

應該是科技的進步帶動的 XD

Amazon Lightsail 推出 Block Storage 與 Load Balancer

Amazon Lightsail 推出了 Block Storage (11/14) 與 Load Balancer (11/29):「Introducing additional block storage for Amazon Lightsail」、「Amazon Lightsail adds load balancers with integrated certificate management」。

兩個是不同時間點發表的,當時懶的寫所以這次一起寫...

Block Storage 有不少 VPS 都有提供了,像是 Linode 的「Linode Block Storage (Fremont beta)」(雖然還在 beta)、DigitalOcean 的「Storage on DigitalOcean | Highly available Block Storage」以及 Vultr 的「High Performance and Cheap Block Storage - Vultr.com」。

AWS 算是很早就有這個服務 (Amazon EBS),這邊應該只是把系統整合進來...

另外一個是這幾天推出的 Load Balancer,目前應該只有 Linode 的「Ensure High-Availability with NodeBalancers - Linode」比較知名。AWS 上的 ELB 有不少選擇可以用 (ELB Classic、ALB 以及 NLB),不過公告裡沒特別提到... 比較特別的是提供免費的 SSL Certificate 吧?這在其他家主要得靠 Let's Encrypt 來做,在 AWS 上應該是整合了 ACM

AWS 主動提高 Amazon EC2 與 Amazon EBS 的 SLA

AWS 主動提高 Amazon EC2Amazon EBSSLA:「Announcing an increased monthly service commitment for Amazon EC2」。

Amazon EC2 is announcing an increase to the monthly service commitment in the EC2 Service Level Agreement (“SLA”), for both EC2 and EBS, to 99.99%. This increased commitment is the result of continuous investment in our infrastructure and quality of service. This change is effective immediately in all regions, and is available to all EC2 customers.

之前是 99.95% monthly (參考前幾天的頁面:「Amazon EC2 SLA」),現在拉到 99.99% 了。第一階的賠償條件也從 99.95%~99% 改成 99.99%~99% 了 (賠 10%)。

Linode 要推出「Linode Block Storage」了...

從「Linode Block Storage (Fremont beta)」這邊可以看到 Linode 推出 Block Storage 了,是 SSD-based,跟 Amazon EBS 的 gp2 也是 SSD-based 相同。

計價方式,價錢也相同,沒有 I/O fee:

They're affordable - $0.10 per GB (free during the beta) and no usage fees.

目前能從 1GB 開到 1TB:

How big of a Volume can I create?
Between 1 GB and 1024 GB for now. After the beta, the max volume size may be larger.

單台可以掛 8 個:

How many Volumes can I attach to a Linode at the same time?
Up to 8.

然後 2018 開始收費:

The beta is free through 2017. January 1, 2018 the meter starts running.

有了 Block Storage 後有些事情就比較好搭出來了,也不會受限於 local disk 的空間大小。

EC2 與 EBS 十月開始以秒計費

雖然只是 Amazon EC2Amazon EBS 計價模式的改變,但這次 AWS 的改變對於許多開發流程有很大的影響 (重點在 EC2 的部份):「New – Per-Second Billing for EC2 Instances and EBS Volumes」。

10/2 開始改變 (而不是 10/1),低消一分鐘,Windows 機種以及需要額外收費的 Linux 機種不在範圍內:

This change is effective in all AWS Regions and will be effective October 2, for all Linux instances that are newly launched or already running. Per-second billing is not currently applicable to instances running Microsoft Windows or Linux distributions that have a separate hourly charge. There is a 1 minute minimum charge per-instance.

然後 Spot 與買 RI 後也是一樣以秒計價:

List prices and Spot Market prices are still listed on a per-hour basis, but bills are calculated down to the second, as is Reserved Instance usage (you can launch, use, and terminate multiple instances within an hour and get the Reserved Instance Benefit for all of the instances).

這次改變的影響很巨大。馬上可以想到幾個情境...

第一個是對於實踐 Release early, release often 的團隊來說,如果設計成每 deploy 一次就建一個新的 AMI (最乾淨的作法),再開新機器換掉的話,成本就會增加不少。所以對於這樣的團隊,就會偏好朝著替換現有目錄內的東西後重啟...

現在改成以秒計費後,直接透過 Blue-Green Deployment 就可以了 (AWS CodeDeploy 年初也支援了:「AWS CodeDeploy 支援 BlueGreenDeployment」):(如果不熟悉 Blue-Green Deployment 的話,更白話的說法就是「先建後拆」...)

同樣的理由,對於 Auto Scaling 的 policy 也有些改變。之前機器開起來都會想讓他跑一個小時,所以 scale down 的部份都會寫的比較鬆一點。現在就可以重新規劃了...

另外一個影響是對使用 container 的誘因少了不少。很多人用 container 的用法是開大台機器再裡面拆給不同服務用,讓資源利用率變高,現在變成用多少算多少後就不太需要這樣了...

當然也還是有缺點。以前 Spot Instance 如果被 AWS 收回時,最後的那個小時是不計費的。現在因為以秒計費,變成要收費了...

最後是 10/2 生效這件事情頗怪,該不會是財務部門不願意配合 10/1 星期天加班生效,所以只好變成 10/2 生效這種理由吧... XDDD

EBS 有動態長大的功能了...

Amazon EBS 可以動態增加大小了,是個對不少人還蠻方便的功能:「Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) Enables Live Volume Modifications with Elastic Volumes」。

這邊講的沒有 downtime 當然還是得需要 filesystem 支援:

Today we are introducing the Elastic Volumes feature for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS). This new capability allows you to modify configurations of live volumes with a simple API call or a few console clicks. Elastic Volumes makes it easy to dynamically increase capacity, tune performance, and change the type of any new or existing current generation volume with no downtime or performance impact.

另外提到一個特殊的組合,是配合 CloudWatchLambda 調整:

You can streamline and automate changes using Amazon CloudWatch with AWS Lambda.

這方法頗有趣的 XDDD

Netflix 把金流相關的系統轉移到 AWS 上跑 MySQL 的故事...

這次要提的是「Netflix Billing Migration to AWS」、「Netflix Billing Migration to AWS - Part II」與「Netflix Billing Migration to AWS - Part III」這三篇。

Netflix 先前的金流相關系統跑的是 Oracle 的資料庫:

然後換成 MySQL

系統上是採用 DRBD,然後底層是 5 個 4TB 的 EBS 組成的 RAID 0,跑 LVM

High performance with respect to reads and writes was achieved by using RAID0 with EBS provisioned IOPS volumes. To get more throughput per volume, 5 volumes of 4TB each were used, instead of 1 big volume. This was to facilitate faster snapshots and restores.

LVM to manage two Logical Volume’s (DB and DRBD Metadata) within single Volume Group.

可以看到裡面用的都是很經過時間考驗的技術,像是 DRBD、標準的 Replication 架構...

Amazon EBS 推出新磁碟種類

Amazon EBS 推出了新的磁碟種類,都是比現在更經濟 (白話文:更便宜) 的方案:「Amazon EBS Update – New Cold Storage and Throughput Options」。

第一種是 Amazon EBS Throughput Optimized HDD,代號是 st1;第二種是 Amazon EBS Cold HDD,代號是 sc1,兩種都是傳統磁頭硬碟。

第一種 st1 重視 sequential 的 throughput:

Starts at 250 MB/s for a 1 terabyte volume, and grows by 250 MB/s for every additional provisioned terabyte until reaching a maximum burst throughput of 500 MB/s.

第二種 sc1 則是重視堆資料的費用:

Designed for workloads similar to those for Throughput Optimized HDD that are accessed less frequently; $0.025 / gigabyte / month.

要注意的是,IOPS 是可以累計的,而未滿 1MB 的 access 會計算成 1MB,所以只適合大量 sequential access 的應用,像是 Hadoop 這類 big data 類的應用:

For both of the new magnetic volume types, the burst credit bucket can grow until it reaches the size of the volume. In other words, when a volume’s bucket is full, you can scan the entire volume at the burst rate. Each I/O request of 1 megabyte or less counts as 1 megabyte’s worth of credit. Sequential I/O operations are merged into larger ones where possible; this can increase throughput and maximizes the value of the burst credit bucket (to learn more about how the bucket operates, visit the Performance Burst Details section of my New SSD-Backed Elastic Block Storage post).

另外 sc1 也是目前每單位裡面最便宜的價錢,不知道拿來當 root 會底多慢 XDDD

EC2 instance Auto Recovery 功能全區開放

Twitter 上看到公告:「Announcement: EC2 instance Auto Recovery now available in 8 more AWS Regions」。

也就是 C3、C4、M3、R3、T2 這五種 instance 都可以開 Auto Recovery,而且必須在 VPC 內的 EBS-only instance。

在某種程度上的 High Availability 機制可以直接用這個功能解決掉。