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Experiencing the Sixth-Generation Enhanced Type Elastic Compute Service (ECS) Instances

In this blog, we will see an overview of the ECS Instance family, features of Alibaba Cloud ECS Sixth-Generation Enhanced Instance type family.

By Gavaskar S, Alibaba Cloud MVP

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Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) provides a virtual computing environment with elastic processing capability on computing components, such as CPU, memory, and storage. Unlike physical servers, ECS offers simple, scalable, and faster deployment without any upfront investment on hardware. In ECS, we can attach/detach extra storage, backup images, and snapshot whenever necessary.

The Various Features of Alibaba Cloud ECS Include:

  • Elasticity: It can launch and provision resources and upgrade/downgrade network bandwidth based on the business demands.
  • Stability: It guarantees 99.95% service availability with features, such as data backup and data recovery, during emergency or disaster situations.
  • High Performance: It supports different types of storage disks, such as Cloud Disk, Ultra Cloud Disk, SSD Cloud Disk, and ESSD. It also supports the expansion of storage disks based on business demand.
  • Security: Alibaba Cloud ECS supports Anti-DDoS and Network Security Group (NSG) protection that allows users to control instances across different ports.

In this blog, we will see an overview of the ECS instance family, features of the Alibaba Cloud ECS Sixth-Generation Enhanced Instance type family, and the comparison of it with the sixth generation instance family.

An Overview of the ECS Instance Family

The ECS Instance Family contains two levels: Entry and Enterprise. Enterprise-level instance types offer exclusive and stable computing, storage, and network resources that are suitable for enterprise scenarios that require high business stability.

Entry-level instance types are ideal for small- and medium-sized websites or customers with baseline performance requirements.

1. ECS Entry-Level Instance

ECS Entry-Level Instance, T5, is designed for lightweight workloads and is a cost-effective alternative for short-term and temporary use cases that do not demand high computing performance.

2. ECS Enterprise-Level General Purpose Instances

ECS General Purpose Instances provide a balanced combination of memory, CPU, and networking resources for various applications. General-purpose instance types include:

  • G5 General Purpose
  • SN2NE General Purpose Network Optimized

3. ECS Enterprise-Level Compute Optimized Instances

ECS Compute Optimized Instances provide high compute capabilities for applications requiring high processing speeds. Compute optimized instance types include:

  • C5 Compute
  • SN1NE Compute Network Optimized

4. ECS Enterprise-Level Memory Optimized Instances

ECS Memory Optimized Instances effectively support memory-bound applications and performance-critical databases. Memory optimized instance types include:

  • R5 Memory
  • SE1NE Memory Optimized
  • RE4 Memory Optimized
  • SE1 Memory

5. ECS Enterprise-Level High Clock Speed Instances

ECS High Clock Speed Instances provide a higher frequency, high Internet bandwidth, and network packet handling capabilities for compute-intensive workloads and applications. High clock speed instance types include:

  • HFC5 High Clock Speed Compute Optimized
  • C4 High Clock Speed Compute
  • HFG5 High Clock Speed General Purpose

6. ECS Enterprise-Level Storage Optimized Instances

ECS Storage Optimized Instances offer higher input/output (I/O) operations per second, large throughput, and low latency when accessing huge datasets on local storage. Storage optimized instance types include:

  • I2 Local SSD
  • D1NE Big Data Network Optimized
  • I1 Local SSD
  • D1 Big Data Network Optimized

7. ECS Enterprise-Level Heterogeneous Computing Instances

ECS Heterogeneous Computing Instances provide high-quality computing services for organizations to address scientific and technological innovations, like artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data. This instance family offers GPU and FPGA computing services. Heterogeneous computing instance types include:

  • GN6v GPU Compute
  • GA1 GPU Compute
  • GN5 GPU Compute
  • F1 FGPA Optimized
  • GN5i GPU Compute
  • F3 FGPA Optimized

8. ECS Enterprise-Level Bare Metal Instances

ECS Bare Metal Instances combine the characteristics of physical and virtual machines. It offers the resource flexibility, minute-level delivery, fully automatic operations, maintenance, unified interface standards of virtual machines, performance advantages, and hardware-level isolation of physical machines. Bare metal instance types include:

  • EBMC4
  • EBMG5v

About Alibaba Cloud ECS Sixth-Generation Enhanced (g6e):

This new version of ECS uses X-Dragon architecture, providing predictable and consistent performance by reducing the virtualization overheads. It also improves performance in terms of storage, network, and computing capabilities. The various features of ECS Sixth-Generation Enhanced (g6e) are listed below:

Figure 1: ECS Sixth-Generation Enhanced Type (g6e)

  • The g6e has optimized I/O, so that it can be used for high payload applications, such as scientific applications.
  • It provides high network and storage I/O performance based on the large computing capacity.
  • The ratio of CPU-to-memory offered is 1:4.
  • It uses Hyper-Threading, which allows more than one thread to run on each core. This way, more work can be done in parallel.
  • It provides an ultra-high packet forwarding rate, which can increase the data transfer speed.
  • It is equipped with 2.5 GHz Intel ® Xeon ® Platinum 8269 (Cascade) processors with a maximum turbo frequency of 3.2 GHz for consistent computing performance.

Where to Use the ECS Sixth-Generation Enhanced (g6e)

The ECS Sixth-Generation Enhanced type can be used for developing small and medium level database applications to high-level enterprise applications. Below, we can see some of the applications and scenarios where we can use g6e:

  • It can be used for real-time video streaming/commenting application, telecom call/message processing application, and real-time chat application where a large volume of packet/data is transmitted and received within a short span.
  • It can be used for enterprise-level applications, such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence (BI) System, Online Payment System, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Marketing Automation.
  • It can be used to create small and medium-sized database systems, caches, and search clusters.
  • It can be used as compute clusters for memory-intensive data processing, transactional, and analytical applications.
  • It can be used as an application server to host mid-range to enterprise-level web applications and websites.
  • It can be used as a server for creating massively multiplayer online (MMO) games that have large numbers of active players.
  • It can be used to provide computational capabilities for data analytics applications, such as predictive inventory ordering, autonomous vehicles, real-time data monitoring, and cybersecurity protocols. It is a benefit for various industries, including the healthcare industry.

Creating an ECS Sixth-Generation Instance Type (g6e)

  1. Login With Your Alibaba Cloud Account
  2. Choose the Correct Instance Type and Region
  3. Create the Instance

Figure 2: Steps in Creating an ECS

1. Login With Your Alibaba Cloud Account

First, log in with your Alibaba Cloud username and password. If you don't have an account, create an account by using this URL.

Figure 3: Login Screen

2. Choose the Correct Instance Type and Region

After logging in to Alibaba Cloud, go to the console and choose "Elastic Compute Service" to create an instance. Fill in all of the details, including the billing method, region, zone, instance type, quantity, and storage. For instance type, I chose ecs.g6e.large, and for storage, I chose Enhanced SSD (ESSD).

Figures 4 & 5: Instance Type Selection

3. Create the Instance

After completing the basic configuration, fill in all of the "Networking" information, including VPC, VSwitch, bandwidth billing, and security group. Lastly, fill in all of the "System Configuration" information, including login credentials and instance name. Finally, click "Create Order" to create the instance.

Figure 6: Creating the Instance

Comparison of the Sixth-Generation Enhanced ECS Instance With the Sixth-Generation Instance

The table and graph below show the comparison of General Purpose Type G6 Instances with g6e (Enhanced) ECS.

Figure 7: A Comparison Table for the ECS Sixth-Generation vs. the ECS Sixth-Generation Enhanced

Figure 8: A Bar Chart Comparison for the ECS Sixth-Generation vs. the ECS Sixth-Generation Enhanced


The Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) is one of the best and most powerful services available. It can create a virtual computing environment, create elastic and secure virtual cloud servers, and satisfy all of the needs of entry-level to enterprise-level businesses. In this blog, we had an introduction to ECS instances, its instance family, features from an ECS Sixth-Generation Enhancement type, how to create an ECS Sixth-Generation Enhancement type instance, and compared an ECS Sixth-Generation Enhancement type instance with an ECS Sixth-Generation type instance.

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