AWS has a 30-day minimum wait time for Reserved Instances before they can be sold on the AWS marketplace. This means that we cannot sell any instances for the first 30 days after buying them for you. As a result, if you plan on dramatically reducing your infrastructure in the next 30 days, then Autopilot is not a good fit for you.
We only purchase no-upfront RIs, meaning that you will not be charged more when an RI is purchased, and there will be no transaction reflected in your AWS bill. In the same way, when we sell no-upfront commitments, there are no funds being exchanged from AWS to your account.
Providing US bank account details is an AWS prerequisite when signing up for the RI Marketplace.
As Antimetal only deals in no-upfront Reserved Instances, this account should never be billed.
You will be able to start seeing savings through the dashboard as soon as your account is activated. Initial RI purchases are made incrementally to gradually cover more and more of your eligible workloads until maximum coverage and maximum savings are achieved at the end of the ramping period.
Reserved Instances don't apply 1-to-1 with on-demand EC2 instances. A Reserved Instance can apply to any usage within a particular instance family. This means that small Reserved Instances can combine together to apply to larger on-demand instances, and large Reserved Instances can cover multiple smaller on-demand instances. As a result, you'll likely see recommendations that don't necessarily match the sizes of the on-demand instances in your account.
The reason that you don't have any eligible savings is likely because you don't have any EC2 instances. At the moment Antimetal only offers savings on EC2 or EC2 underwritten instances, but will offer a variety of other savings tools in the near future.
I want to know what approving the recommendations actually does. If I approve the recommendation for an m6a.8xlarge, what exactly does Antimetal do to my account?
Antimetal recommends Reserved Instances (RIs). These are instances at the billing layer that serve as an abstraction for long-term commitments. Effectively, an RI is a 1-3 year commitment to a particular instance at up to a 75% price discount. You can read more about RIs here.
Antimetal uses AI to generate these recommendations, making them much more comprehensive and personalized than what you’d get through Amazon, and we automatically offload these RIs for you if they ever go underutilized. You can read more about that process in our docs.
In short, we do not modify or touch your physical infrastructure. You won’t experience any downtime or changes in server state by using Antimetal. The only change on your end is the Reserved Instance will be added to your account’s billing layer.
Unfortunately, there is no way to offload the commitment of SPs like RIs, but we are launching a group-buying product in the next few months. Email sup[email protected] if you are interested in this functionality.
These are recommendations for EC2 and RDS Reserved Instances. If you’re not familiar, Reserved Instances (RIs) are commitments to use a specific instance for a specified period of time, offering discounted pricing for long-term usage. Antimetal allows you to take advantage of these discounts without the long-term commitments.
When you terminate an instance, we will detect that change and the corresponding sell recommendation will populate in the dashboard (if you have autopilot on, this action will automatically execute). Once the recommendation is populated, all that you need to do is approve it and the instance will be either transferred to another account within our secondary marketplace of customers or listed for sale on the reserved instance marketplace.
The only thing that you need to do on your end is to complete seller registration so that AWS allows the transaction to go through. This is a precaution that they have put in place to help fight against money laundering and other illicit activity.
Here are the corresponding docs for that: