Save 20% on EBS Costs by Migrating from GP2 to GP3
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Spending money on public cloud infrastructure isn't a bad thing - but spending wasteful money definitely is. AWS is known for consistently releasing not only new features but also adding updates to existing products. In December of 2020, EBS launched
a new general purpose volume type named GP3 that is the latest generation general purpose volume type succeeding its ancestor aptly named GP2. In nearly all cases, GP3 provides not only better performance but also provides ~20% cost savings. By profiling thousands of Vantage customers, we've found that only 15% of general purpose volume types are GP3 and the remaining 85% are GP2 - primarily because AWS still in many cases defaults to creating GP2 volumes on your behalf and customers are typically unaware of the cost savings of switching to GP3. In this post we'll show you how to make these changes to save up to 20% on your EBS costs.

Just Show Me How To Save Money

Let's just cut to the chase to show how to modify volumes and save money. Modifying an EBS Volume from GP2 to GP3 doesn't impact the running volume and you can run an AWS CLI command that modifies the volume type using the following command where you replace "YOUR_VOLUME_ID" with your respective volume ID(s) you'd like to modify.

aws ec2 modify-volume --volume-type gp3 -volume-id…
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