Among its priorities with regard to cloud computing, Amazon includes elements such as cutting-edge technology, information security and cost reduction that make migration to the cloud possible for its customers. For this reason, it seeks to offer new products and services with the aim of making constant improvements. There enters the AWS Spot solution.

According to Amazon's own definition, the AWS Spot EC2 instances represent “an additional computing capacity in the AWS Nube that is offered with important discounts regarding the price of the instances on demand”. The objective is to optimize the existing infrastructure in the Amazon cloud, allowing its customers to reduce costs by as much as 90%.

AWS Spot EC2 instances

In summary, AWS Spot EC2 instances from Amazon represent an option that allows users to use servers that, at certain times, do not present a demand for use at scale and, therefore, the price per use is reduced. Amazon's idea is to sell capacity in a flexible way.

AWS Spot instances are not in continuous use since the objective is to use inactive computing capacity. When an operational demand arises, Amazon reassigns the servers so that other customers can use them according to their needs. The parameter for producing a change is established according to the prices applied to each type of instance.

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The AWS Spot EC2 instance does not apply to any business

As you may have already noticed, AWS Spot instances are not adequate to satisfy high availability needs. When Amazon requests it, customers receive a prior notification of the minutes before they are used on a demand with higher priority.

It is not recommended to use AWS Spot instances for high-risk, real-time or mission-critical solutions. The most common use given to this type of server is for high-performance computing activities (HPC), where companies carry out financial or scientific analysis during a short period of time.

Another example recommended by Amazon is using Spot instances in environments for testing and development, image representation, video transcoding and automatic learning, among others.

Does it make sense to use AWS Spot EC2 instances in my company?

Among the benefits of using Amazon Spot instances are their integration with cloud internal services, such as auto scaling, AWS Batch, AWS SDK for Java and .Net, as well as services external to AWS such as Jenkins, Bamboo and others.

The difference between the AWS Spot instances and the low-demand instances basically lies in that Spot can only be used when there are servers available. This does not mean that Amazon customers cannot trust the use of these assets in production. There are several strategies that can be adopted to make smart and efficient use of Amazon servers that meet these criteria.

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