Cost of storing AMI

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I understand Amazon will charge per GB provisioned EBS storage. If I create AMI of my instance, does this mean my EBS volume will be duplicated, and hence incur additional cost? Is there other cost charge in creating and storing an AMI (Amazon Machine Image)?

Jul 17, 2018 in AWS by bug_seeker
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You are only charged for the storage of the bits that make up your AMI, there are no charges for creating an AMI.

  • EBS-backed AMIs are made up of snapshots of the EBS volumes that form the AMI. You will pay storage fees for those snapshots according to the rates listed here. Your EBS volumes are not "duplicated" until the instance is launched, at which point a volume is created from the stored snapshots and you'll pay regular EBS volume fees and EBS snapshot billing.

S3-backed AMIs have their information stored in S3 and you will pay storage fees for the data being stored in S3 according to the S3 pricing, whether the instance is running or not.

answered Aug 7, 2018 by Priyaj
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