Amazon EC2 Spot Instances

Run fault-tolerant workloads for up to 90% off

Save up-to 90% on On-Demand prices.

Take advantage of the massive operating scale of AWS and run hyperscale workloads at a significant cost savings.

Launch, scale, and manage Spot Instances with ease through AWS services or integrated third parties.

Build sustainable solutions by leveraging unused EC2 capacity.

Amazon EC2 Spot Instances let you take advantage of unused EC2 capacity in the AWS cloud and are available at up to a 90% discount compared to On-Demand prices. You can use Spot Instances for various stateless, fault-tolerant, or flexible applications such as big data, containerized workloads, CI/CD, web servers, high-performance computing (HPC), and test &
development workloads. 

Leveraging Spot Instances to build the season schedule has enabled the NFL to save over $20 million since 2014.

Watch Mike North, NFL VP of Broadcasting Planning, explain how the NFL schedule was built with the help of AWS.

Ready to kickoff your savings? Read about best practices to optimize your Spot Instances usage.

The Makings of an NFL Football Schedule

How it works

Best Practices: Combine Spot Instances with other purchase models, such as On-Demand Instances and Savings Plans, to maximize cost savings. Also use Spot Instances with Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling to optimize workload cost with performance. Explore additional Spot Instances best practices.

Use cases

Deploy containers

Run containerized workloads of any scale using Amazon EC2, Amazon ECS, Amazon EKS, or self-managed Kubernetes clusters on Spot Instances.

Run big data and ML workloads

Fast-track big data and machine learning workloads by using Spot Instances with Amazon EMR, Hadoop, Spark, or Amazon Sagemaker to process massive amounts of data.

Scale HPC workloads

Accelerate loosely coupled or embarrassingly parallel HPC workloads such as genomic sequencing and algorithmic trading by using Spot Instances to run HPC workloads. 

Build CI/CD pipelines

Launch your CI/CD pipelines in the AWS cloud quickly and cost-effectively with Spot Instances. Leverage the integrations with Jenkins and Spinnaker to automatically scale a Spot Fleet.

How to get started

Learn with hands-on training

Explore launching Spot Instances, using the instances in different scenarios, and more.

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Explore Spot Instances pricing

Read about how the Spot Instances no-bidding pricing model works. 

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Expand your knowledge

Check out Spot Instances documentation and discover best practices.  

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