In this lesson, we explain how to use the AWS Instance Scheduler to control EC2 and RDS instance spend. You’ll learn how to automate the stopping and starting of your instances with this tool so that you can reduce costs across your AWS environment.

Learning Objectives

  • What the tool is and the benefit it provides
  • How to implement the tool
  • How to create custom schedules to stop and start your instances

Intended Audience

  • Those who are using EC2 or RDS instances and looking to better control costs for those instances when they are not in use
  • If you’re a developer, cloud engineer, or cloud financial operations professional looking to optimize instance spend


To get the most out of this lesson, you should have an understanding of Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon CloudFormation, and Amazon CloudWatch.  For more information on these services, please see our existing content: 


About the Author
Alana Layton, opens in a new tab
Sr. AWS Content Creator
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Alana Layton is an experienced technical trainer, technical content developer, and cloud engineer living out of Seattle, Washington. Her career has included teaching about AWS all over the world, creating AWS content that is fun, and working in consulting. She currently holds six AWS certifications. Outside of Cloud Academy, you can find her testing her knowledge in bar trivia, reading, or training for a marathon.

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