Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances and Other AWS Service Reservation Models
AWS Whitepaper

Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances and Other Reservation Models

Publication date: March 2018 (Document Details)


This is the third paper in a series of whitepapers designed to support your cloud journey. This paper seeks to empower you to maximize value from your investments, improve forecasting accuracy and cost predictability, create a culture of ownership and cost transparency, and continuously measure your optimization status.

This paper discusses Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances and reservation models for other AWS services.


Although the cloud is well suited for variable workloads and rapid deployment, many cloud-based workloads display a more predictable pattern. For these stable applications, your organization can achieve significant cost savings by using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Reserved Instances. Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances enable you to commit to usage parameters at the time of purchase to achieve a lower hourly rate. Reservation models are also available for Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon DynamoDB. This whitepaper discusses Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances and the reservation models for these other AWS services.

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