Reduce your Amazon EMR
costs with these tips

These proven tips can save you up to 30% on AWS costs!

* Savings are averaged out across customers & services

Amazon EMR cost saving tips Optimize your Amazon EMR costs with these tips


Use Spot Instances

Utilize Spot instances for core and task nodes in EMR clusters when possible. Spot instances offer up to 90% discount on EC2 capacity. Set suitable timeout configurations to prevent job interruptions.


Monitor Cluster Usage

Monitor cluster usage and auto-scaling configurations through CloudWatch. Ensure appropriate sizing of clusters for workloads, and promptly terminate idle clusters to avoid resource wastage.


Leverage EMR Auto-scaling

Use EMR auto-scaling to dynamically adjust nodes based on workload, optimizing resource usage without overprovisioning. Configure auto-scaling based on CPU/memory metrics for consistent performance at lowest cost.

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About Alex I am your AWS cost saving guru, ready to slash your AWS costs!

As a CTO at various start-ups and scale-ups, I've seen too often how AWS costs can sneak up on you. It used to be something we'd only think about when there was a problem—either it wasn't working like we needed it to, or the expenses were through the roof. I took my know-how in AWS and made it my goal to change that. Now, I use a simple rule to make a big impact: focus on the few changes that make the biggest difference in cutting costs.

I look at your AWS bills with a fine-tooth comb and find where you can save money without losing performance. It's about being smart with your resources and making sure AWS works for you, not against you. By doing this, I help your teams do more with less, and make sure we keep your cloud spending in check.

About Amazon EMR Service information & pricing

About Amazon EMR

Amazon EMR is a cloud service for big data workloads, supporting Apache Spark, Hive, & Presto. It provides optimized frameworks for speedier insights and includes EMR Notebooks and open-source tools for app development. Its Serverless option enables cost-efficient app operation without the need for cluster management, ideal for data analytics, real-time processing, pipelines, and enhancing data science/ML usage. Features, pricing, tutorials, and resources give more details.

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Amazon EMR pricing

The pricing for Amazon EMR on Amazon EC2 combines the costs of Amazon EMR and Amazon EC2, and possibly Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) if applicable. Costs are billed on a per-second basis, but there is a one-minute minimum. There are several EC2 pricing options including On Demand, one- and three-year Reserved Instances, Capacity Savings Plans, and discounted Spot instances. Prices vary based on instance type.

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