Announcing Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance Marketplace

Posted on: Sep 12, 2012

We are excited to announce the Reserved Instance Marketplace, an online marketplace that provides AWS customers the flexibility to sell their Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Reserved Instances to other businesses and organizations. Customers can also browse the Reserved Instance Marketplace to find an even wider selection of Reserved Instance term lengths and pricing options sold by other AWS customers.

Reserved Instances allow customers to lower costs by making a low, one-time payment to reserve compute capacity for a specified term, and in turn, receive a significant discount on the hourly charge for that instance. The Reserved Instance Marketplace gives you the flexibility to sell the remainder of your existing Reserved Instances as your needs change, such as wanting to move instances to a new AWS Region, changing to a new instance type, or selling capacity for projects that end before your term expires. Amazon EC2 Instances purchased on the Reserved Instance Marketplace offer the same capacity reservations as Reserved Instances purchased directly from AWS.

You can also now shop the Reserved Instance Marketplace to purchase Reserved Instances outside the standard one-year and three-year term lengths. For example, if you anticipate increased website traffic for a short period of time, or if you have remaining end-of-year budget to spend, you will be able to search for Reserved Instances with shorter duration times.

To learn more about the Reserved Instance Marketplace, visit the Reserved Instance Marketplace web page.