UPCOMING WEBINAR Maximize Cloud Efficiency: Real-Time EKS and ASG Optimization Strategies - Register Now

NEW Featured eBook: AWS Cloud Cost Allocation: The Complete Guide - Download Now

How to Use Spot Instances

Here’s how to use Spot Instances. Begin by creating an instance request from your account. Alternatively, users can send a request to AWS, which will create an EC2 instance for you. A time frame known as “spot blocks” will later complete these spot-price requests. This AWS feature can also run for a long time without interruption.

Use Spot Instances in a Group

You know that AWS can run EC2 instances on your behalf. Launch groups help you do this. It’s important to know that an automatic demand price cancels a Spot Instance when it exceeds a user’s highest price. But Amazon EC2 can’t terminate the remaining Spot Instances.

Can You Launch Spot Instances In AWS Zones?

Users have Availability Zone-groups within a Spot Instance. The groups command AWS to run a set of Spot Instances in a single Availability Zone. This helps reduce costs since there are no multiple charges as with different zone groups.

Use Spot Instances in a VPC

In a VPC, users have to give their On-Demand prices. However, you can set your highest price after analyzing the price history of EC2 instances.

How do Spot Instances Work?

EC2 instances have the highest price a user can pay. Every instance receives a price. EC2 will select an automatic on-demand price if a user doesn’t key in the price manually.

Use Spot Instances to Reduce EC2 Costs

AWS launched Spot Instances to help utilize idle instances. Spot Instances allow you to use someone else’s unused capacity. For this reason, Spot Instances are generally cheaper. When you’re running temporary and short-term processes, AWS recommends using Spot Instances. They’re usually prone to disruptions, making them ideal for light workloads. If you choose Reserved Instances for light workloads, chances are, you’ll have to commit to a simple testing process. Spot Instances help you save time and cost by letting you access AWS servers at an affordable cost.

A look at the nOps Spot Advisor

Before using Spot Instances, users have to understand the complexity of their workloads. A heavy workload means you’ll need a different instance pricing model. nOps has a tool to further cut costs of Elastic Compute cloud usage. It advises users on how to pick the right resources for each workload.

The Spot Advisor dashboard recommends Spot Instance selections, with estimated cost savings. It removes the need for manual computation by using machine learning technology to scan all resources. With visibility into resources and usage patterns, Spot Instance advisors give accurate recommendations.

In summary:

  • A Spot Instance is valid when the defined highest price exceeds the spot price.
  • EC2 Spot Instances should only launch if they can launch.
  • Though subject to interruptions, Amazon will send a notification a few minutes before canceling a Spot Instance.

It is best to use Spot Instances when you shift from On-Demand to Reserved Instance pricing. You can have full control over reserved Spot Instances and even view the savings on the nOps Spot Instance Advisor dashboard.