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Ask HN: Is it possible to sell you own excess on AWS?
2 points by kernel_sanders 1411 days ago | hide | past | web | 1 comment | favorite
What if you could reduce your hosting costs per CPU hour by selling off your own excess cycles from within your instance. What if you could purchase cycles at a lower cost than spot instances?

I'd bet there are many applications that have a number of reserve instances as part of their architecture that are mostly idle. Is it reasonable to assume they'd want to sell off some cycles if it wouldn't adversely affect their application? Is it reasonable to assume people would want to purchase cycles in this way? Ie, for doing things like moving data in and out of S3, those calls could be made from another instance that isn't yours at a cheaper cost - assuming security wouldnt be an issue.

Why isn't this available? Is it simply a security question?

If I have an EC2 server that is off most of the time the problem isn't that I have unused cpu cycles that could subsidize the cost a little bit, the value there is terrible and fiercely competitive - why you vs. spinning up a normal instance for an hour, or heroku, phpfog, appharbor etc, or every other hourly-billed provider.

What would be interesting is if you could turn the model around so people lease reserved instances off you without the upfront payment, I don't know how viable that is though.

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