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Erik, I doubt that RDS runs on anything but stock EC2 instances. Having a special pool with special connection to EBS wouldn't be practical, plus AWS would benefit from making that available as raw EC2 instances also. Note that to get higher I/O performance you can stripe EBS volumes. We offer that option in our MySQL ServerTemplates, and they include everything to create consistent snapshot backups across the stripe and to provide backup rotation (that's where the real work is).