Amazon Launches Marketplace for Cloud Capacity

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When Amazon Web Services introduced Spot Instances in late 2009, it sparked discussion of cloud computing exchanges in which customers could buy and sell capacity. This week Amazon has launched the Reserved Instance Marketplace, creating a secondary exchange in which AWS users can buy and sell cloud computing capacity that has been reserved for future use. “If you have excess capacity, you can list it on the marketplace and sell it to someone who needs additional capacity,” writes Jeff Barr, Senior Web Services Evangelist, on the AWS Blog. The marketplace also allows AWS users to do comparison shopping for instances that may be priced at a discount to Amazon’s pricing. In this 3-minute video, Barr and EC2 Senior Manager Dave Ward discuss the new marketplace and how it works.

What about a cloud capacity exchange that allows you to buy and sell capacity across different public clouds? See our coverage of SpotCloud, which was launched by Enomaly and has since been acquired by Virtustream.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. ck209

    Fascinating move by amazon..it will be interesting to see how other cloud companies react to such a move. Personally, I don't find the use of amazon cloud very convenient given they consistently push their own products upon the user. I prefer 4sync, they simply give u 15gb of free space.