AWS Outposts launches support for EC2 Capacity Reservations

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Amazon customers can now create, modify, and remove capacity reservation on Outposts.

This week Amazon Web Services announced a suite of new features for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud on Outposts. “Starting today, you can create and manage reserved capacity on Amazon EC2 instances on your Outposts,” they write. “You can also share the Capacity Reservations on Outposts with other AWS accounts within your organization. With Capacity Reservations on Outposts, you can ensure that you always have access to EC2 capacity when you need it, for as long as you need it.”

AWS customers can choose from a variety of AWS Outposts configurations, each providing a wide selection of EC2 instance types where they can run their applications. Some customers who have specific requirements for portions of their applications around instance type, size, and capability, and need very high levels of assurance. They will see that they will always be able to launch that specific capacity on Outposts.

Reservations feature can apply across the entire enterprise

With the additions of Capacity Reservations on Outposts, AWS customers can create and manage capacity reservations centrally, and also share the reserved capacity on Outposts with other AWS accounts, within an organization, using AWS Resource Access Manager. This is ideal for customers who want to ensure that their application has resources for future increases in demand, including planned or unplanned spikes, backup and disaster recovery, or for planned growth and buffer.

Users can create, modify, and remove capacity reservation on Outposts at any time using the AWS Management Console, AWS SDK and CLI.

To share the Capacity Reservations on Outposts with other AWS accounts within their organization, customers should follow these three easy steps, according to AWS. (1) create a Resource Share through AWS Resource Access Manager, (2) add resources (Capacity Reservations) to the Resource Share, and (3) specify the target accounts that they wish to share the resources with. Customers can then monitor the Capacity Reservations usage metrics using Amazon CloudWatch metrics, They can then identify unused capacity by setting CloudWatch alarms to notify them when usage thresholds are met.

Capacity Reservations on Outposts are available to all Outposts customers at no additional cost and supported in all commercial and GovCloud regions and countries where Outposts is available today.