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Tech & Science AWS announces macOS instances on EC2

18:05  01 december  2020
18:05  01 december  2020 Source:   zdnet.de

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Amazon EC 2 Mac instances enable Apple developers to natively run macOS within AWS —extending the flexibility and scalability of the cloud with pay-as-you-go We’re now running around 80 percent of our production builds on EC 2 Mac instances , and are excited to see what the future holds for AWS

If you’re an Amazon Web Services ( AWS ) EC 2 user, here is a potentially handy update for you. The company has announced the general availability of Elastic Compute Cloud Mac instances for macOS , allowing app developers in Apple’s ecosystem a way to run on-demand macOS workloads in the cloud.

Amazon Web Services (Bild: Amazon) © DEFAULT_CREDIT Amazon Web Services (Image: Amazon) They are based on the hardware of the Mac Mini with Core i7 processors of the eighth generation. MacOS 10.14 and 10.15 are used as operating systems. Intuit and Ring, among others, are already using Amazon Web Services.

Amazon Web Services has presented a new offer for macOS developers . At its re: Invent conference, the company announced new Mac instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). They should allow customers to run on-demand macOS workloads in the Amazon cloud.

The offer is based on Mac mini computers with macOS 10.14 Mojave and 101.5 Catalina. AWS is targeting developers of apps for iPhone, iPad , Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Safari. According to the company, you can now “deploy and access macOS environments within seconds, dynamically scale the capacity as required and benefit from AWS prices in a pay-as-you-go process”.

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Type: AWS :: EC 2 :: Instance Properties: AdditionalInfo: String Affinity: String AvailabilityZone: String BlockDeviceMappings: - BlockDeviceMapping CpuOptions: CpuOptions CreditSpecification: CreditSpecification DisableApiTermination: Boolean EbsOptimized: Boolean ElasticGpuSpecifications

AWS Documentation Amazon EC 2 User Guide for Linux Instances . Available instance types Hardware specifications AMI virtualization types Instances built on the Nitro System Networking and storage Amazon EC 2 provides a wide selection of instance types optimized for different use cases.

"The instances have an Intel Core i7 processor with six eighth generation cores and run at 3.2 GHz, with Turbo Boost at up to 4.6 GHz," writes AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr in a blog post. They also have 32 GB of RAM. Access is via SSH or as a remote desktop via VNC. Amazon recommends restricting the port to certain IP addresses when using VNC or tunneling VNC over SSH.


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The instances are available in the US East, US West, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. Other regions are to follow. In addition, instances are planned that are also based on Macs with Apple's new M1 processor. The first customers include Intuit and Ring. According to

Barr, the instances are suitable for build and render farms and for continuous integration or continuous delivery. The minimum rental period is 24 hours, which is why Mac instances are not suitable for an automatic scaling group.

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To use EC 2 Instance Connect to connect to an instance , you need to configure every instance that will support using Instance Connect (this is a one-time AWS Documentation Amazon EC 2 User Guide for Linux Instances . Task 1: Configure network access to an instance Task 2: (Conditional)

Bare metal instances were announced for preview at AWS re:Invent 2017, and are now generally available with the EC 2 Storage Optimized I3 instance family Bare metal instances enable VMware to run their full suite of software, including vSphere Hypervisor, directly on EC 2 managed infrastructure.

"Apple's thriving community of more than 28 million developers continues to create breakthrough app experiences that customers around the world love," said Bob Borchers, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With the introduction of the EC2-Mac instances, we are pleased to make development for Apple's platforms accessible in a new way and to combine the performance and reliability of our first-class hardware with the scalability of AWS."

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