Spread Placement Groups

AWS recently introduced spread placement groups, an important piece for high availability for certain types of smaller deployments.

Let’s say your workload required 4 instances and you’ve placed 2 instances Availability Zone A and 2 in Availability Zone B within a single region.  With a normal deployment, it would be possible for the instances in the same AZ to placed on the same host. In the event of a host failure, half of your capacity would be lost.

However, Spread Placement Groups ensure that 2 instances in the same Availability Zone are not on the same host.

I will note that Spread Placement Groups are a bit inflexible at this time…you can’t move existing instances into them (without creating an AMI, then placing it into the spread placement group at launch).


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