Level 200: Pricing Models

Last Updated

May 2020


  • Nathan Besh, Cost Lead, Well-Architected
  • Spencer Marley, Commercial Architect
  • Paul Lambden, Principal Technical Account Manager


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Commitment discounts offer lower prices when you make a commitment to a minimum amount of usage. Reserved Instances (RI’s) are available for RDS, RedShift, DynamoDB, Elasticache, and Elasticsearch (For EC2 - Savings Plans should be purchased). This hands-on lab will guide you through the steps to perform a Reserved Instance analysis, and make low risk, high return RI purchases at scale. The skills you learn will help you ensure your workloads utilize different pricing models in alignment with the AWS Well-Architected Framework.



  • Perform a Reserved Instance analysis
  • Make low risk, high return RI recommendations


  • AWS Account Setup has been completed
  • Consistent usage in your account for more than 1 month to trigger a recommendation

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  • There are no associated costs for this lab