Instance Types

FME Cloud instances are powered by the Amazon EC2 web service. When you launch an FME Cloud instance, the instance type that you specify determines the hardware of the host computer used for your instance. Each instance type offers different compute and memory capabilities. Select an instance type based on the requirements of the application you plan to run on the instance. If your needs change, you can change your instance type later on.

For instance type pricing, see FME Cloud Pricing.

FME Cloud provides the following instance types:

  • Starter: An introduction to FME Cloud, this instance type enables you to run one FME Engine with ease. Two FME Engines may be run, but is not recommended because you will run out of credits quicker. (For more information about credits, see the following Safe Software Blog post: http://blog.safe.com/2017/02/its-2017-introducing-the-next-generation-of-fme-cloud-instances/.) Because of limited memory and number of cores, we recommend this instance type for prototyping, staging, and development, but not for production workflows. For specifications, refer to Instance Type "t2.medium" here.
  • Standard: This instance type provides more power, and enables you to run two FME Engines. Extra RAM supports more data-intensive tasks. For specifications, refer to Instance Type "m5.large" here.
  • Professional: A great balance of compute, memory, and network resources. Four FME Engines enable large volumes of parallel data processing. For specifications, refer to Instance Type "m5.xlarge" here.
  • Premium: An extremely competent environment to undertake data processing tasks. 16 FME Engines and 64GB of RAM ensure that larger, memory-intensive datasets can be tackled. For specifications, refer to Instance Type "m5.4xlarge" here.
  • Enterprise: Optimized for applications that benefit from high compute power. With 48 virtual CPUs, this instance type provides the lowest memory cost per CPU. For specifications, refer to Instance Type "m5.12xlarge" here.

Instance Size Comparison Chart

 

Starter

Standard

Professional

Premium

Enterprise

# of Virtual CPUs

2

2

4

16

48

Memory

4 GB

8 GB

16 GB

64 GB

192 GB

Default Number of FME Engines

1

2

4

16

48

Amazon EC2 Instance Type

t2.medium

m5.large

m5.xlarge

m5.4xlarge

m5.12xlarge