Posted On: Jul 7, 2020

Starting today, AWS customers can enable Spot Instances for AWS Marketplace Amazon Machine Image (AMI) products while launching new instances through the EC2 console Launch Instance Wizard (LIW). With this launch, you can reduce costs on the EC2 instances you need to run your third-party software on AWS. Spot Instances enable you to request unused EC2 instances at steep discounts- up to 90% compared to On-Demand prices- so you can lower your Amazon EC2 costs. Spot Instances are a cost-effective choice if have flexibility with running your third-party applications and if your applications are fault-tolerant. Customers—including Salesforce, Lyft, Zillow, Novartis and Autodesk—use Spot Instances to reduce costs and get faster results. For example, Salesforce saved over 80% vs On-Demand Instance pricing, and doubled the speed of processing machine learning and ETL workloads with Spot Instances. 

AWS Marketplace AMIs are available to find, procure, and deploy directly in the EC2 console. With this launch, you can deploy your AWS Marketplace AMIs on Spot instances to support use cases such as data analysis, batch jobs, background processing, testing/development tasks and more. To get started with using AWS Marketplace AMIs with Spot instances, open the EC2 Launch Instance Wizard, click on the AWS Marketplace tab to search for and select your preferred AWS Marketplace AMI, and select “Request Spot Instances” in Step 3: Configure Instance Details. To learn more, see the EC2 Launch Instance Wizard documentation and the Spot Instances. Review the AWS Region table for more information on availability of Spot Instances by region.  

AWS Marketplace is a curated digital catalog of more than 7,000 third-party software products, and helps simplify procurement processes. With offerings from more than 1,500 independent software vendors, AWS Marketplace makes it easy for customers to find, buy, and deploy software solutions that run on AWS.