Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) provides its users with a flexible, highly customizable computing solution without the need to invest in costly on-site servers. And the product’s ability to quickly scale computing capacity up or down means that, if properly utilized, AWS customers only pay for what they actually need. Not only can EC2 users easily start and stop instances on demand, but they can also use EC2 scheduling to set the start and stop times of specific instances in advance, saving time and money in the process. By some estimates, utilizing EC2 scheduling to halt non-essential instances during off hours can lower costs by as much as 70 percent.
However, depending on your specific circumstances, efficiently and effectively managing your EC2 scheduling can be tricky. While AWS does provide an EC2 Scheduler of its own, it requires a certain level of coding know-how to operate, which means it might not be a good fit for all users. So in this article, we will explain a bit more about what is needed to properly implement EC2 scheduling, as well as the benefits of using a third-party vendor like CloudRanger to manage, automate, and streamline the process.