Overview - AWS Instance Scheduler


Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers infrastructure on demand so that customers can control their resource capacity and pay only for what they use. One simple method to reduce costs is to stop resources that are not in use, and then start those resources again when their capacity is needed.

The AWS Instance Scheduler is a solution that automates the starting and stopping of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) instances.

The Instance Scheduler leverages AWS resource tags and AWS Lambda to automatically stop and restart instances across multiple AWS Regions and accounts on a customer-defined schedule. (Note that stopping an Amazon EC2 instance is different than terminating an Amazon EC2 instance. By default, Amazon EC2 instances are configured to stop, not terminate, when shut down, but customers can modify this behavior. Before using this solution, verify that instances are set to stop or terminate as appropriate.) The solution is easy to deploy and can help reduce operational costs. For example, an organization can use the Instance Scheduler in a production environment to automatically stop instances every day, outside of business hours. For customers who leave all of their instances running at full utilization, this solution can result in up to 70% cost savings for those instances that are only necessary during regular business hours (weekly utilization reduced from 168 hours to 50 hours).


You are responsible for the cost of the AWS services used while running the Instance Scheduler. As of the date of publication, the cost for running this solution with default settings in the US East (N. Virginia) Region is approximately $5.00 per month in AWS Lambda charges, or less if you have Lambda free tier monthly usage credit. This is independent of the number of Amazon EC2 instances you are running. The optional custom Amazon CloudWatch metric, if enabled, will cost an additional $0.90 per month per schedule or scheduled service. By default, this solution enables Auto Scaling for its Amazon DynamoDB tables to provide sufficient read and write capacity. If you use this solution to schedule a large number of resources, Auto Scaling can increase Amazon DynamoDB charges.

This pricing does not reflect variable charges incurred from Amazon DynamoDB. Prices are subject to change. For full details, refer to the pricing webpage for each AWS service you will be using in this solution. The AWS services for this solution are listed under Additional Resources.