14-01-2016, 08:14 #1
[EN] AWS: Introducing EC2 Scheduled Reserved Instances
Reserve capacity on a recurring basis.
by Jeff Barr | on 13 JAN 2016
Many AWS customers run some of their mission-critical applications on a periodic (daily, weekly, or monthly), part-time basis. Here are some of the kinds of things that they like to do:
- A bank or mutual fund performs Value at Risk calculations every weekday afternoon.
- A phone company does a multi-day bill calculation run at the start of each month.
- A trucking company optimizes routes and shipments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.
- An animation studio performs a detailed, compute-intensive 3D rendering every night.
Our new Scheduled Reserved Instances are a great fit for use cases of this type (and many more). They allow you to reserve capacity on a recurring basis with a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule over the course of a one-year term. After you complete your purchase, the instances are available to launch during the time windows that you specified.
Scheduled Reserved instances can also be launched via the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell, and the new RunScheduledInstances function. We are also working on support for Auto Scaling, AWS Lambda, and AWS CloudFormation.
Things to Know
With this launch, we now have two types of Reserved Instances. The original Reserved Instance (now called Standard Reserved Instances) model allows you to reserved EC2 compute capacity for a one or three year term and use them at any time. The new Scheduled Reserved Instance model allows you to reserve instances for predefined blocks of time on a recurring basis for a one-year term, with prices that are generally 5 to 10% lower than the equivalent On-Demand rates.
This feature is available today in the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) regions, with support for the C3, C4, M4, and R3 instance types.
14-01-2016, 09:01 #2
In the Works – AWS Region in Canada
Today’s announcement means that our global infrastructure now comprises 32 Availability Zones across 12 geographic regions worldwide, with another 5 AWS regions (and 11 Availability Zones) in Canada, China, India, Ohio, and the United Kingdom coming online throughout the next year.
by Jeff Barr | on 13 JAN 2016
We continue to announce, build, and launch additional AWS regions as our customer base becomes larger, more diverse, and accustomed to running many different types of workloads in the cloud.
I am happy to announce that we will be opening an AWS region in Montreal, Québec, Canada in the coming year. This region will be carbon-neutral and powered almost entirely by clean, renewable hydro power.
The planned Canada-Montreal region will give AWS partners and customers the ability to run their workloads and store their data in Canada. As a reminder, we currently have 4 other regions in North America—US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), and AWS GovCloud (US)—with a total of 13 Availability Zones, plus the planned but not yet operational region coming to Ohio in 2016.
Today’s announcement means that our global infrastructure now comprises 32 Availability Zones across 12 geographic regions worldwide, with another 5 AWS regions (and 11 Availability Zones) in Canada, China, India, Ohio, and the United Kingdom coming online throughout the next year (see the AWS Global Infrastructure page for more info).
As always, we are looking forward to serving new and existing Canadian customers and to working with partners in the area. Of course, the new region will also be open to existing AWS customers who would like to process and store data in Canada.