Technical professionals deploying cloud workloads to AWS must balance many factors (e.g., cost, performance and availability) when selecting EC2 instances. This guidance document provides a repeatable methodology for selecting efficient and cost-effective instances for each workload.
The Gartner Approach
The Guidance Framework
- AWS EC2 Instance Families
- EC2 Payment Models
- GPU and FPGA Options
- Differences Between Data Center and AWS Virtualization Environments
- Impact of Spectre and Meltdown Processor Bugs
- Performance Monitoring Tools
- Gartner Tools
- Stage 1: Assessing the Application
- System Configuration
- Application Configuration
- Stage 2: Find the EC2 Instance That Best Fits the Application
- Decide Which Instance Family Will Offer the Closest Fit
- Determining Storage Requirements
- Decide Which Payment Model Offers the Lowest Cost
- Instance Selection: Worked Example
- Stage 3: Use Cloud Decisions to Get Pricing and Regional Availability
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