To get started using Spot Instances, we recommend viewing the following video tutorials. The videos build on each other, and will help you understand the fundamental concepts, how to use Spot, and how to optimize your applications to work with Spot. Get started by clicking on any of the videos and expanding so that the video is maximized on the page.

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When to Use Amazon Spot Instances

Common Spot Use Cases
In this video, we will walk through example spot instance use cases. As a part of this video, we will cover several customer examples including Numerate, Clarity Solutions, Ooyala, and BrowserMob and how they leverage Spot Instances in their architectures.

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Getting Started with Spot Instances

How to Launch a Spot Instance
Watch this video tutorial to learn how to launch your first Spot Instance. This tutorial covers placing a bid, determining when the instance is fulfilled, and canceling/terminating the instance.

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Launching Spot Instances in Amazon VPC

How to Launch a Spot Instances in Amazon VPC
Watch this video to learn how to launch your Spot instances in Amazon VPC. This tutorial covers placing a bid, determining when the instance is fulfilled, and canceling/terminating the instance.

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Deciding on Your Spot Bidding Strategy

Deciding on Your Spot Bidding Strategy
Watch this video to learn the tips and tricks for bidding on your Spot Instances. We cover several different bidding strategies that we have seen customers leverage with success.

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How to Manage Spot Instance Interruption

Getting Started: Common Interruption Management Strategies
Watch this video to learn how some customers manage the interruption of their Spot instances.

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Using Spot Instances with EMR

Interruption Management Strategy #1: Launching Amazon Elastic MapReduce Job Flows with Spot Instances
Watch this video to learn how to launch Amazon Elastic MapReduce job flows on your Spot Instances. We cover launching a Spot cluster and shutting one down in the AWS Management Console.

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Launching a Cluster on Amazon Ec2 Spot Instances Using StarCluster

Interruption Management Strategy #2: How to Launch a Cluster on Spot
Chris Dagdigian from BioTeam provides a quick overview of how to start a Cluster from scratch in around 10-15 minutes on Amazon EC2 Spot Instances using StarCluster. StarCluster is an opensource tool that was created by a lab at MIT that makes it easy to setup a new Oracle Grid Engine Cluster. During this presentation, Chris walks through the process of installing, setting up, and running simple jobs on a cluster. Additionally, Chris leverages Spot Instances, so that you can potentially get work done faster and potentially save between 50%-66%.