Amazon S3 – Object Expiration, what about Instance Expiration

AWS is providing APIs that take distributed computing concerns into account. One could call them cloud concerns these days. Unfortunately, not all cloud providers are doing the same.

Idempotent instance creation showed up in Sept 2010, providing the ability to simplify interactions with EC2. Idempotent resource allocation is critical for distributed systems.

S3 object expiration appeared in Dec 2011, allowing for service-side managed deallocation of S3 resources.

Next up? It would be great to have an EC2 instance expiration feature. One that could be (0) assigned per instance and (1) adjusted while the instance exists. Bonus if can also be (2) adjusted from within the instance without credentials. Think leases.

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