Running Containers on a Shoestring Budget

Save up to 90% off on stateless and fault-tolerant workloads

 

Stretch your dollars significantly for containerized workloads such as web services, dev/test, and CI/CD, with Amazon EC2 Spot Instances. Spot Instances offer unused compute capacity available in the AWS Cloud at up to 90% off over On-Demand prices. Spot instances can be reclaimed by EC2 with two minutes of notification when EC2 needs the capacity back.
Containers are stateless, fault-tolerant and a great fit for Amazon EC2 Spot Instances. Efficiently deploy containerized workloads and easily manage clusters at any scale at a fraction of the cost with Spot Instances. Spot Instances can be used with Elastic Container Service (ECS) or Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) to run any containerized workload, from distributed parallel test systems to applications that map millions of miles a day.

Overview: Amazon EC2 Spot Instances (2:10)

Benefits of Using Spot Instances to Run Containers

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LOWER COSTS

Significant price savings of up to 90% over On-Demand EC2 Instances. Simply mix Spot Instances with On-Demand and/or Reserved instances or run on 100% Spot Instances to optimize cost and performance.

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FASTER RESULTS

Easily run multiple projects simultaneously and speed up job flows to generate business results faster and innovate faster without breaking the bank. Run and scale to large numbers of parallel tasks via Spot Fleet or Spot Instance pool.  

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RESOURCE FLEXIBILITY

Flexibility of ad-hoc provisioning for multiple instance types in different Availability Zones, with an option to hibernate, stop or terminate instances when EC2 needs the capacity back and Spot Instances are reclaimed.  

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EASE OF USE

Easily launch a spot instance via the RunInstances function, EC2 Fleet and the AWS Management Console. EC2 Spot is also integrated with other AWS services such as ECS, EKS, EC2 Auto Scaling groups and CloudFormation.  

Resources & Content

GETTING STARTED

Learn how Spot Instances work, best practices and how you can leverage spot today.

PRICING

New Amazon EC2 Spot Pricing Model - Simplified purchasing without bidding and fewer interruptions.

INTERRUPTION NOTICES

Learn how to take advantage of Amazon EC2 Spot Instance interruption notices.

COMPUTE BLOG

Learn how to power your Amazon ECS Cluster with Amazon EC2 Spot Instances.

CASE STUDY

Using AWS, UC Santa Cruz was able to get the results in days instead of months, which could contribute to faster disease diagnoses.

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Watch the video to learn how to effectively harness Spot Instances for production workloads.

COMPUTE BLOG

Learn how to create a cost-efficient Amazon ECS Cluster for scheduled tasks.

CASE STUDY

By using EC2 Spot instances, Lyft was able to save up to 75 percent a month simply by changing four lines of code.

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Amazon EC2 Spot Instances

Amazon EC2 Spot instances offer spare compute capacity in the AWS cloud available to you at steep discounts compared to On-Demand prices.

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Amazon ECS

Amazon ECS is a highly scalable, high-performance container orchestration service that supports Docker containers within the AWS cloud.

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Amazon EKS

Amazon EKS is a managed service that makes it easy to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install and operate Kubernetes clusters.  

Run Amazon ECS Cluster on Amazon EC2 Spot Instances

Learn how to create an ECS cluster with Spot Instances in four simple steps.

STEP BY STEP GUIDE

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Change your cluster configuration to EC2 Spot Instances, in four easy steps.

GET STARTED

Get started with Amazon EC2 Spot Instances