The Top 5 Benefits of AWS Graviton

 In Cloud Migration and Planning

By Dan Beauregard, VP of Product Management, CloudSphere

In today’s digital age, most people expect their tech to operate quickly, efficiently and affordably. From what we stream online to how we manage our IT estates, we want the products and services we use to be both high performing and cost effective. 

AWS Graviton has emerged in the cloud computing space as a solution to these wants and needs. These chips offer a compelling alternative to the more traditional Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) processors. As a result, more and more people seem to be choosing AWS Graviton. 

And while this switch may seem like a mere change of supplier, it also represents a large shift in cloud computing economics and capabilities. 

In this article, you’ll find more information on AWS Graviton chips, as well as the top five reasons to consider them over Intel and AMD processors. 


What Are AWS Graviton Chips? 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) describes AWS Graviton as the following: 

“AWS Graviton is a family of processors designed to deliver the best price performance for your cloud workloads running in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).” 


There are a variety of different options, such as: 

  • M7g, M7gd: This instance is powered by AWS Graviton3 and is used for application services, midsize data stores, cluster computing, and other general-purpose workloads.  
  • C7g, C7gd, C7gn: Powered by AWS Graviton3 and Graviton3E, this instance is used for gaming, CPU-based machine learning inference acceleration, and other compute-intensive applications. 
  • Im4gn: SQL databases, search engines, analytics, and other storage-intensive workloads are best served by this instance powered by AWS Graviton2. 


5 Reasons to Choose AWS Graviton 

Below are the key reasons to decide to go with AWS Graviton over some of the older, more traditional processors out there. 


1. Cost Efficiency 

Saving money is paramount for just about any business out there. With AWS Graviton instances, you can opt for a more affordable option when compared to what’s previously been available on the market.  

By offering a better price-performance ratio, Graviton chips have become known throughout the cloud industry for their cost-effectiveness. They help businesses to significantly reduce their cloud computing costs without compromising on performance. 


2. Performance Enhancement 

AWS Graviton instances also provide performance improvements when compared to other processors. AWS Graviton chips use ARM architecture, which is renowned for its performance efficiency.  According to Amazon Web Services, these processors deliver up to 40% better price performance over comparable x86-based instances. 


3. Energy Efficiency 

ARM architecture is inherently more energy-efficient when compared to x86 architectures like Intel and AMD. This efficiency translates to operational benefits like: 

    • Lower power consumption 
    • A smaller carbon footprint 
    • Increased cost savings 


4. Security Enhancements 

AWS Graviton offers robust security features, ensuring that your data remains safe and compliant with industry standards. Security enhancements like this help protect your business from unnecessary risks and potential cyber attacks. 


5. Support Open-Source Tech 

AWS Graviton processors support a vast array of Linux distributions and open-source technologies. This provides more opportunities for enhanced innovation and community collaboration.  

It’s also worth noting that a growing community of developers and enterprises are choosing AWS Graviton, creating a rich environment of shared knowledge and support. 


Video: Key Benefits of AWS Graviton

Watch a review of the AWS Graviton processor by Roman Martin, Solution Engineer at CloudSphere below:



By providing access to the latest, most cost-effective tech, AWS Graviton is helping organizations and individuals evolve within the cloud computing space. 

Some of the most impactful benefits of transitioning away from Intel or AMD to AWS Graviton include improving your performance and lowering your operational costs. It also aligns businesses with more modern architecture, making AWS Graviton a great option for companies looking to grow in a digitally driven economy. 

Those using AWS can also leverage cloud cost savings and efficiencies with products like CloudSphere’s Cloud Quick Assessment, available on AWS Marketplace. Cloud Quick Assessment allows users access to CloudSphere’s optimization and modernization framework, which uses the collection of data to produce prioritized recommendations for right-sizing, reclamation, modernization, and performance. 


About Dan Beauregard 

Dan Beauregard is an accomplished Cloud, Security and DevOps Leader who has worked in the tech space for the last 20 years. He has a proven track record of growing businesses in both start-up and public environments, helping companies through creative solution selling, channel development, strategic relationships and focused service delivery.  

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