AWS Cost Management

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How to build a chargeback/showback model for Savings Plans using the CUR

Enterprise customers who leverage consolidated billing on AWS often have the need to do internal cost allocation. This can be challenging, particularly when using pricing models such as Savings Plans. In this blog post, we will provide prescriptive guidance on how to build an equitable cost allocation model for Savings Plans (SP) using the data […]

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Organize your cost and usage data with AWS Cost Categories

Customers have let us know they want to better map their cost and usage data based on their needs, for example, organizations want to track business units that have consumed cloud resources to better manage those investments.  However, often times, they find cloud spend that cannot be traced back to the actual owners, and therefore […]

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Manage your Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) costs using AWS Budgets

by Deirdre Corley (Senior Product Manager – Amazon EFS) and Matthew Cowsert (Senior Product Manager – AWS Cost Management)   Introduction Since Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) launched in mid-2016, AWS customers have been taking advantage of the low-cost, cloud-native, fully managed NFS file system for Linux-based workloads. Recently we’ve been hearing from EFS customers […]

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Getting Started with AWS Savings Plans

Some of you have reached out asking to learn more about purchasing and managing Savings Plans. The inimitable Jeff Barr already covered most of the need-to-know content in this post (which you should absolutely read right now if you haven’t), but here’s how the brave new world of Savings Plans fits into the AWS Cost […]

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Launch: Controlling AWS CloudTrail Costs Using AWS KMS Event Filtering

AWS CloudTrail is a service that enables governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing of your AWS account. With CloudTrail, you can log, continuously monitor, and retain account activity related to actions across your AWS infrastructure. CloudTrail provides event history of your AWS account activity, including actions taken through the AWS Management Console, AWS SDKs, […]

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Tips and Tricks for Exploring your Data in AWS Cost Explorer

When it comes to operating in the cloud, it’s always best to have more information than you need. Last time I covered how anyone can get started slicing and dicing AWS cost and usage information using AWS Cost Explorer, but what happens when you need to dive even deeper into your cost and usage data? […]

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Launch: AWS Service Catalog Integration with AWS Budgets

It is a uniquely difficult challenge to build a product that unifies something complex into something approachable and immediately usable. This theme was explored in a recent post about AWS Marketplace cost management, and today we’re going to dive into my new obsession: AWS Service Catalog. AWS Service Catalog gives you the ability to create […]

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Launch: Usage-Based Forecasting now Available in AWS Cost Explorer

Forecasting is an essential part of staying on top of your cloud costs and usage, and becomes even more important as your business scales. AWS Cost Explorer now gives you the ability to create custom usage forecasts to gain a line of sight into your expected future costs. Learn more about getting started with AWS […]

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Launch: AWS Budgets Reports

Starting today, you can opt in to daily, weekly, or monthly AWS Budgets Reports emails using AWS Budgets. This tool allows you (and other organization members) to quickly and easily keep an eye on costs, usage, and reservations—all without having to log in to the AWS Management Console. This post walks you through the process […]

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