Amazon delivers leading Epic database performance in public cloud for healthcare

November 29, 2021 Sam Coker

AWS has, again, increased scalability of global references per second (GRref/s) for Epic on AWS customers. This represents a 260% increase since being approved as a public cloud provider for Epic customers starting in 2019. Amazon EC2 M6i instances provide this step-change in performance, resulting in the highest GRref/s scaling in the public cloud.  The AWS cloud now addresses 90% of Epic customers, supporting both Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) and Enterprise Cache Protocol (ECP) architectures.  AWS supports GRref/s performance levels of 23 million for SMP and 26 million for ECP.  Tested and validated by Epic and AWS, these new capabilities are designed to serve the needs of your mission-critical healthcare systems.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the general availability of Amazon EC2 M6i instances on August 23rd, 2021, expanding the 6th generation EC2 instance portfolio with x86-based compute options. Designed to provide a balance of compute, memory, storage, and network resources, M6i instances are built on the AWS Nitro System, a combination of dedicated hardware and lightweight hypervisor. M6i instances are powered by 3rd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors (code named Ice Lake) with an all-core turbo frequency of 3.5 GHz, offering up to 15% better price performance over the M5 instance, and always-on memory encryption using Intel Total Memory Encryption (TME).

To meet Epic on AWS customer demands for increased scale, AWS provides a new instance size (m6i.32xlarge) that includes 160,000 IOPS, paired with 128 vCPUs and 512 GB of memory.  The m6i provides 33% more memory and 20% higher memory bandwidth compared to M5 instances.

The price / performance of the M6i makes it a perfect fit for high-performance, mission-critical systems like Epic on AWS. With this new instance, AWS provides the performance required by large health systems, while also reducing total cost of operation.

“AWS is excited to provide this expanded capability and size to support 90% of Epic healthcare system customers’ needs. By combining Epic’s electronic medical recording (EMR) solutions with AWS’ cloud platform, we can provide our customers the best combination of performance and reliability while saving them money,” said Patrick Combes, Director, Head of Technology – Healthcare and Life Sciences at AWS.

For more information on Epic on AWS, visit the solution page.

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