Monday morning, got an email from (It’s a cloud training website) on AWS Billing and Cost Management Tools.

It’s a 28-page ebook filled with info on how to optimise your AWS costs using AWS provided tools and reports.

Here is a brief intro from the book.

Organisations choose the cloud over large data centres for many reasons. Minimal upfront costs and its easy, pay-as-you-go operating model make the cloud affordable. The ease of resizing and repurposing the wide variety of available computing resources makes it a more flexible solution for long-term growth.

However, despite these initial advantages, companies can still fall into a familiar trap post migration. We call it the infrastructure trap. Here, the optimal performance of resources— empty servers, underutilised RDS instances or unattached storage volumes—may go overlooked in favour of day-to-day operations. For example, after products go on the market, keeping the infrastructure available well after the R&D phase or application life cycle has ended can incur significant expenses.

As a result, your infrastructure costs may end up being higher than they need to be, so it is important to practice good housekeeping to gain the best advantage from the pay as you go, model.

Fortunately, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and third party vendors offer an array of tools that can help you manage, analyse, forecast and optimise cloud infrastructure costs (and avoid the infrastructure trap).

In this ebook, we’ll introduce you to a range of tools and resources to help you understand:

  • The resource types that are incurring the largest share of costs (EC2, RDS, Redshift, etc.).
  • How to read the trends in your monthly bills and use them to forecast future expenses
  • How to prevent billing surprises
  • Where to look for savings
  • How to estimate costs before a resource is provisioned

And more Using the insight from these tools, infrastructure managers can decide:

  • Which AWS resources or service can be shut down or retired
  • Which AWS resources can be resized based on their usage pattern
  • How to apportion the total bill to various customers based on their resource usage.

You can download the ebook from (registration required) or directly from here.

Hope this helps