AWS Cost Management

Category: Management Tools

Cost Control Blog Series #2: Automate Cost Control using AWS Service Catalog and AWS Budgets

Customers let us know that they want native, automated spend management capability at the point of self-service resource provisioning. AWS Service Catalog allows you to pre-approve services for your users. With its integration with AWS Budgets, you can create and associate budgets with portfolios and products, and keep your developers informed the resource costs for them to run cost-aware workloads. In this blog post, we will walk you through how you can set up a serverless automated workflow to govern the cost for your AWS Service Catalog portfolio.

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Cost Control Blog Series #1: Good intentions don’t work, but cost control mechanisms do!

Gartner estimates a 70% overspend on cloud resources by organizations who do not have a defined plan for cloud cost management. While cloud brings lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), an effective billing management and cost control mechanism is required to make sure you only pay for what you need, and it also empowers your […]

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Cost Allocation Blog Series #5: Building an AWS cost allocation strategy with Apptio Cloudability

As you establish and implement your cost allocation model, AWS equips you with tools and resources to organize accounts and resources (e.g. AWS Organizations), improve visibility into detailed cost and usage data (e.g. AWS Cost and Usage Reports), and group cost and usage information into meaningful groups by your own rule (e.g. AWS Cost Categories).  For customers who want to understand what premium 3rd party solutions are available to help you better organize and report your cost in preparation for chargeback or showback in your organizations, AWS Partner Network has verified partners that can offer cloud management solutions to help customers manage and optimize AWS environments.   In this blog post, we will share how you can leverage Apptio Cloudability to build your cost allocation strategy.

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Cost Allocation Blog Series #4: Visualize Data Transfer Costs with Cost and Usage Reports, Athena, and QuickSight

The right level of visibility into the shared costs allows organizations to understand the main drivers for these costs and provides insights into cost optimization opportunities. In this blog post, we will share tips on how you can visualize data transfer cost details available in AWS Cost and Usage Reports (AWS CUR) for analysis using Amazon Athena and Amazon QuickSight. 

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Launch: Daily Cost and Usage Budgets

AWS Budgets allows you to stay informed of your cost and usage based on the custom budget limits.  You will receive alerts if your cost and usage exceed or are forecasted to exceed these monthly, quarterly, and/or annual budget thresholds you set yourselves.  The best way to leverage AWS Budgets is to set your expected […]

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Enforce and Validate AWS Resource Tags

Cost Allocation Blog Series #3: Enforce and Validate AWS Resource Tags

Tagging is one of the most foundational steps that you need to take in order to establish a meaningful cost allocation model. Customers asked us how you can ensure teams consistently create and apply the resources tags based on the tagging strategy. In this blog, we will share recommendations on how your team, especially your AWS administrators, can enforce and validate your resource tags.

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Cost Allocation Blog Series #1: Cost Allocation Basics That You Need to Know

If it’s Everyone’s job, it’s No One’s job. On our team, we take this lesson to heart and always make sure there is a clear owner for everything we do.  This helps ensure everyone is responsible for specific tasks or goals, and will not be bystanders, assuming someone else will pick up the work. The […]

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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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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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Querying your AWS Cost and Usage Report using Amazon Athena

The AWS Cost & Usage Report contains the most comprehensive information available on your costs and usage. To extract value quickly from your AWS Cost & Usage Report, query the underlying data source using Amazon Athena. The Athena serverless interactive query service directly queries the information in your Amazon S3 bucket, and analyzes it using […]

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