Cloud capacity planning is a tricky business, particularly for Amazon Web Services customers. Users want to lock in the discounted rates of AWS Reserved Instances' one- or three-year terms -- often priced 20% to 40% lower than those of On-Demand Instances -- but they also want to avoid spending more money than they have to.
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Amazon has attempted to reconcile these competing demands with the launch of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) Reserved Instance Marketplace, which enables customers who have purchased and held Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances as active for at least 30 days to list and sell the unused instances to other buyers. Amazon takes a 12% cut.
- Learn what the AWS Reserved Instance Marketplace means for the rest of the market, and find out whether other cloud providers should be emulating this model;
- Hear about how application-aware networking must evolve to meet the demands of cloud provider data centers;
- Discover what's in store for the 2012 MSPWorld Conference this week in Austin, Texas.
This was first published in October 2012