Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
User Guide for Linux Instances

Amazon EC2 Instances

If you're new to Amazon EC2, see the following topics to get started:

Before you launch a production environment, you need to answer the following questions.

Q. What instance type best meets my needs?

Amazon EC2 provides different instance types to enable you to choose the CPU, memory, storage, and networking capacity that you need to run your applications. For more information, see Instance Types.

Q. What purchasing option best meets my needs?

Amazon EC2 supports On-Demand Instances (the default), Spot Instances, and Reserved Instances. For more information, see Instance Purchasing Options.

Q. Which type of root volume meets my needs?

Each instance is backed by Amazon EBS or backed by instance store. Select an AMI based on which type of root volume you need. For more information, see Storage for the Root Device.

Q. Can I remotely manage a fleet of EC2 instances and machines in my hybrid environment?

AWS Systems Manager enables you to remotely and securely manage the configuration of your Amazon EC2 instances, and your on-premises instances and virtual machines (VMs) in hybrid environments, including VMs from other cloud providers. For more information, see the AWS Systems Manager User Guide.