Introduction

AWS Cloud empowers you to extract the maximum value from your investments. It also plays a vital role in achieving improved forecasting accuracy and cost predictability. It provides enhanced ownership to entrepreneurs and measures cost optimization effectively. 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers various cost management tools for getting maximum business profits. Let’s understand these varied tools, as well as organizational practices, which create cost effective solutions for user.

Features offered by AWS Cloud Services:

  • Cloud migration provides enhanced business flexibility.
  • Resource and service utilization is done appropriately with help of Cloud flexibility.
  • Optimized Cost as you only pay for what you use.

Traditionally, the hardware costs were seen as capital expense, which were leading to erroneous assessments of resources and costs involved. Servers had to be purchased for tracking the most trafficked time of the day, which was leading to cost increments. 

But with AWS technology, you only pay for resources you use, which minimizes the cost related with idle time of the servers. Our AWS resource management system is made of an effective group of cost-conscious stakeholders who are responsible for understanding, managing and then optimizing the related costs for your business profits.

How Businesses Can Save Cost with AWS:

1. Creation of Cost-Conscious Culture: 

Initially the company should have a cloud set-up that provides the platform for the best practices of cost management. Creating a Cloud Hosting Center of Excellence, then designating the key stakeholders to check for technical as well as architectural quality, helps in providing cost effective model to your business.

•  Cost awareness – An individual from the finance or engineering team understands the basics of cloud cost management by taking the help of AWS training resources. It also helps in establishing a platform for following the best practices for your cloud.
 
•  Cost management and optimization – Once an individual/company wants to expand their business, the members define, adopt and publish the methods of reporting to have better cost optimization policies in place. It is done via AWS resource tags for smoothening business processes.

•  Process optimization – Once the company has expanded, there is a pressure of financial and cost-management needs. So there arises a need for a larger dedicated team having skills which can support cost management for the organization. 

2. Cost Governance- To manage complex loads of AWS: 
 
The company should emphasize the creation of clear, effective policies and governance mechanisms for working. Also, the executive support for cost-management processes is critical to manage workloads effectively.
 
•  Resource controls: There should be controlled resources for operation. Tools such as AWS Service Catalog, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) are quite beneficial for saving on costs.

•  Cost allocation: Resources must be allocated effectively to teams, which shifts the emphasis from IT cost centers to shared cost-as-per-data allocation. 

•  Budgeting: This process includes completely reviewing budgets and costs involved.

•  Architecture optimization: It places emphasis on the continuous improvement of the workloads for better architectural systems. 

•  Tagging and tagging enforcement: This ensures complete visibility and cost- functioning across the organization. 

AWS Cost Specific Tools-The Way to Higher Cost Saving:

Businesses can improve their margins on the basis of a good AWS setup. These Cost specific tools are designed for cost efficient management, which offers you complete access, understanding, and control over your related AWS costs and usage.

1. AWS Cost Explorer: AWS Cost Explorer helps you in visualizing and understanding AWS cost and usage time. This makes precise, customized reports with the help of charts and tabular data. The cost and usage of data can be analyzed in aggregate and in detail. It helps you in tracking data driven projects quite easily.

  • It helps in managing periodical costs.
  • It offers Amazon EC2 monthly cost and usage calculation.
  • It helps you in viewing complete details of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) costs over the past months, as well as current month-to-date costs. 
  • It manages the Monthly costs by linked account. 
  • It helps in managing the monthly running costs by constantly analyzing the cost of previous months as well as for running months.
  • It offers Reserved Instance (RI) reports and coverage reports.
  • It helps to create and save in-depth reports.


2. AWS Cost and Usage Report: It tracks the usage and then manages the report as per the time duration over which you have used the system. AWS can present data hourly as well as daily, as per your convenience. AWS Cost and Usage Report provides the minutest details and insights into your system usage. It offers advanced custom metrics with the help of business intelligence, data analysis and cost optimization tools.

3. AWS Budgets: It offers custom cost and usage budgets. Budgets can be created from the AWS Budgets Dashboard or via the AWS Budgets API. Tracking of usage and cost is done monthly, quarterly, or yearly - whichever is useful for you. Budgets can be created by usage of filters present in Cost Explorer. The management of the Budgets is done through Dashboard in the AWS Management Console.

Statistics to be Used:

For creation of cost-related metrics and then completely tracking the system that is supported by data-based decisions, statistics are used. This method offers an easy way of cost management. Some examples of cost-related metrics which can be monitored include:

  • Utilization of resources 
  • Daily instances to be tagged.
  • Amazon EC2 instances which have actually changed through the EC2 Right Sizing.

As organizations grow further, the costs related to business requirements start growing. Savings can be seen as an outcome of cost optimization efforts, and there are quite a few of these efforts within AWS:

•  Workload management – Systems can be managed effectively by development, testing and management of loads. You can easily set on/off switches for all instances (except those which have been flagged manually). 

•  Reserved Instance utilization –EC2 Reserved Instance Reports can be maximized for achieving the best benefit with the help of AWS Cost Explorer. Typically, the usage is always dependent on the workloads, for maximum cost management.

•  Reserved Instance Right Sizing – You can apply a benchmark and then measure savings potential by specifying the size of your EC2 instances. Over a period of time, you can also measure the savings that have been achieved and then further compare them with your initial benchmark.

Conclusion 

AWS helps in managing, monitoring, and ultimately optimizing your costs involved in any project. For better profits, you must start using AWS cost management tools for setting up system benchmarks and cost optimization. Once your business is set up and you feel there is a need to further enhance the processes driving your business, tools such as AWS metrics, budgets and alerts can easily be used with AWS analytics, for maximum performance.

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