Optimizing Cloud Costs with Spot Instances – Cloud Academy

Spotinst is excited to announce a partnership with Cloud Academy to bring a new series of cost optimization courses focused on the use of cloud providers spare capacity.  The first course in this series, Optimizing Cloud Costs with Spot Instances, is now available and will educate students on using excess cloud capacity, also known as spot instances, from providers such as AWS, Azure, and Google.

Those who take the course will be able to:

  • Understand how to run and manage workloads on excess cloud capacity using Spot Instances.
  • Recognize and explain the risks and benefits of the Spot Market.
  • Implement Spot Instances to save up to 80% off standard on-demand pricing.

We look forward to expanding on this series with more technical demos and use cases. Take the course for a spin and let us know what you think!

The course is authored by our very own Kevin McGrath. Kevin is the VP of Architecture for Spotinst, specializing in Cloud Native and Serverless product designs. Kevin is responsible for researching and evaluating innovative technologies and processes leaning on his extensive background in DevOps and delivering Software as a Service within the communications and IT infrastructure industry.

Kevin started his career at USi, the first Application Service Provider (ASP) 20 years ago.  It was here he began delivering enterprise applications as a service in one of the first multi-tenant shared datacenter environments. After USinternetworking was acquired by AT&T, Kevin served in the office of the CTO at Sungard Availability Services where he specialized in migrating legacy workload to cloud-native and Serverless architectures.

Kevin holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Technology Management from University of Maryland University College.