AWS Cost Management

Category: AWS Cost and Usage Report

Trends Dashboard with AWS Cost and Usage Reports, Amazon Athena and Amazon QuickSight

AWS cloud usage data is a critical component in the IT Financial Management process for AWS customers. As organizations grow in cloud maturity, the cloud usage data may become complex as usage incurs from distributed teams and businesses. Financial and Technology leaders need access to trends, signals, insights, and cost deviations to quickly understand and analyze the cloud usage. The AWS Cost and Usage Reports (CUR) provide comprehensive data about your AWS costs, including information related to product, pricing, and usage. By including the Resource IDs and choosing hourly time granularity, CUR allows you to analyze your costs in greater detail and accuracy. You can download the CUR reports from the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) console, query the reports using Amazon Athena or load the reports into Amazon Redshift or visualize in Amazon QuickSight.

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Cost Tagging and Reporting with AWS Organizations

Voiced by Amazon Polly   Organized, meaningful cost and usage data helps make informed decisions for your cloud investment. AWS provides various resources and tools to help you organize resources and accounts, such as AWS Cost Categories, AWS Control Tower, and AWS Organizations. AWS Organizations is a great service to centrally manage and govern your […]

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How unit metrics help create alignment between business functions

Voiced by Amazon Polly   As the last blog in the Unit Metric series (intro, what is unit metric, selecting a unit metric to support your business, unit metrics in practice – lesson learned), we’ll share how unit metrics is instrumental in gaining alignment across business functions. High quality unit metrics create an opportunity to […]

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Unit metrics in practice – lessons learned

Voiced by Amazon Polly We hope by now you have a good grasp of what a unit metric is and how you can create your own to evaluate the efficiency of resources usage or project your future spend. Before you jump into action, here are some of the lessons learned along the way we’ve experienced both […]

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Update: Amazon ECS Product Name Change in the AWS Billing and Cost Management

Voiced by Amazon Polly   If you are currently using Amazon ECS and have set up your cost reporting with specific service filters to track your Amazon ECS cost and usage, please read this blog post. February 16, 2021, the product name of Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) was changed from “EC2 Container Service” to […]

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Cost Reporting Based on AWS Organizations Account ID Tags

This blog post shares how you can build cost reports based on AWS Organizations Account tags.  Learn how you can retrieve your account information, including tags from AWS Organizations, get your cost details from the AWS Cost Explorer API, and store this information in a CSV file in Amazon S3.

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What is a unit metric?

Voiced by Amazon Polly From time to time, customers will ask me questions like, “my AWS bills are going up and I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing?” Did the bill go up because you’re operating more workloads in the cloud or is it because you’re using AWS inefficiently? Perhaps […]

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Unit Metric – The Touchstone of your IT Planning and Evaluation

Voiced by Amazon Polly   Throughout your IT planning and evaluation cycle, you will have questions about how much you should budget for your IT projects and how well your IT investments perform and contribute to your businesses.  AWS provides you with tools and resources, such as AWS Pricing Calculator, AWS Budgets, AWS Cost Explorer, […]

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Finding savings from 2020 re:Invent announcements

Find cost savings from 2020 re:Invent announcements. Learn how you can save with Amazon EBS gp3; monitor and save your AWS Lambda cost with CloudWatch Lambda Insights; and save cost for your Amazon Athena usage with engine version 2 and control costs for your Athena workgroups with CloudWatch Query Metrics.

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How to estimate your AWS WAF and AWS Shield Advanced cost?

Protecting your web applications from common web exploits is of the essence for intellectual and information security. In this blog post, we will walk you through how you can estimate your AWS Shield Advanced monthly cost based on your current resources usage, and how much you will save when you stop paying for AWS WAF, and instead using AWS Shield Advanced.

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