Understanding the Cost Involved in AWS Services

Aug 24,2021 by Raghav Bansal
AWS Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps you to have a faster method of operation.

  • It helps in IT costs reduction, and attain global solutions.
  • With global storage and database analytics operating with the application, and deployment services working in place.
  • The major benefit of cloud functioning services is that it has the ability of cost optimization to match with your needs and adapt themselves simultaneously as per business requirements.
  • It helps you in building an innovative and cost-effective solution with the help of the latest technology in place.

Key Principles:

The Fundamentals of Pricing: The three major drivers of cost are AWS compute, outbound data transfer, and storage system. There is no major charge of Inbound data transfer charge. The higher the data transfer, the lesser you pay per GB.

Start Early with Cost Optimization: Cloud adoption is not only about technical evolution but is also about how organizations operate. Cost optimization tells about the visibility of cost for having an enhanced business growth.

Make full use of flexibility: You can emphasize innovation and reduce complexity. AWS enables your business to be completely elastic. While not using the instances, the cost gets lower by 70 percent by using them 24/7.

With the right pricing model for the job, AWS has various pricing models that can fit with any product:

  • On-Demand: You pay only for compute or database capacity with no future commitments.
  • Dedicated Instances: Amazon EC2 runs VPCs on hardware that has dedicated to a single customer.
  • Spot Instances: Spot Instances is an Amazon EC2 pricing mechanism that helps you to purchase computing capacity.
  • Reservations: provides you the ability to receive larger discounts, along with Cost optimization.

Get started with the AWS Free Tier:

It helps you to gain free, hands-on experience with AWS products and services. It provides the price plans which expire after 12 months of signing in and also provides many other features that never expire.

The following free-tier offers are only available:

  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service
  • Amazon Relational Database Service
  • Amazon Cloud Front

Pricing details for individual services:
Different services types provide different pricing models. For example, the Amazon EC2 pricing varies by instance type.
But with the Amazon Aurora database service has pricing charges of data input/output (I/0) and storage.

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud:
The EC2 is a highly secured and managed compute capacity that works well with the cloud-managed system. It actually makes web-scale cloud computing easy for developers. Amazon EC2 helps in the reduction of the required boot service that operates on the new server instances by easily allowing you to increase the functioning capacity, and by managing the system both ways scaling up and down.

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Pricing models for Amazon EC2:
There are four ways to pay for Amazon EC2 instances

  • On-Demand Instances
  • Spot Instances
  • Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances
  • Dedicated Hosts

On-Demand Instances:
You only pay for what computing capacity you have used.

  • It gives lower cost and flexibility with EC2 without any commitments.
  • Applications with changeable workloads can be adopted.
  • For the first time, Amazon EC2 always develops and tests applications.

Spot Instances:
Allows sparing Amazon EC2 computing capacity up to 90 percent off the On-Demand price.

  • There are many flexible start and end times for all applications.
  • Feasible at very low computer prices.
  • Urgent computing needs for managing capacity.

Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances:
It helps in providing a reservation, with the additional ability to launch instances whenever required.

  • Applications that have a steady usage
  • Applications require capacity.

Dedicated Hosts:
It is an EC2 server for dedicated use. It offers cost optimization. It uses software like Windows Server, SQL Server. It also has a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
Factors before you begin to estimate the Amazon EC2 costs:

  • Clock hours of server time
  • Instance type
  • Pricing model
  • Number of instances
  • Load balancing
  • Detailed monitoring
  • Auto Scaling
  • Elastic IP addresses
  • Operating systems and software packages.

AWS Lambda:
AWS Lambda lets you put code into practice without minute management of servers. You pay only for the resources you actually consume; no charge is taken for operating the code. You just upload the code and the rest of everything is taken care of by Lambda.

AWS Lambda pricing: With Lambda pricing, your payment is only for he usage. The requests of Lambda are calculated every time it executes an event notification. Duration is seen from the starting time of your code till execution. It is rounded up to 100 milliseconds. The price setting is as per the memory allocation to your running function.

Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS):
AWS provides a block-level storing volume for usage with the Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon EBS provides two types of volumes:
SSD-backed volumes are optimized for transactional workloads with read /write operations of the I/O size.
HDD-backed volumes are balanced for handling large workload streaming for enhanced and better performance than IOPs.
Amazon EBS pricing factors include:
Data transfer

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Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3):
Amazon S3 is an object storage system built up for storing and retrieving the data from various sources as websites, applications of mobile, and the data operating from devices to IoT sensors. It has a design delivery of over 99.999999999 percent. It offers cost-effectiveness for the pricing model.
For the Estimation of Amazon S3 storage costs:
Storage class
Data Transfer

Amazon S3 Glacier:
It is a secure, durable, and very low-cost cloud storage service device for achieving data and backup. Amazon Glacier provides query functionality for managing analytics easily. The Amazon Glacier also has a lower cost associated with it for the long-term storage of data. It has complete Data access options and its retrieval.

AWS Snowball:
AWS Snowball is a complete data transport solution that uses a secured appliance functioning for transferring huge chunks of data in and out of the AWS cloud. AWS Snowball is a simple, fast, and highly secure system for managing high-speed internet. In this you pay the fees as per the data transfer is done.

Amazon RDS:
Amazon RDS is a completely web-based service that helps in setting up, operating, and scaling a relational database in the cloud. It is a cost-efficient capacity that manages the time usage of the database along with tedious tasks so as to have enhanced business experience and applications.
Factors that drive the costs of Amazon RDS which Estimates the Amazon RDS costs:

  • Clock hours of server time
  • Database characteristics
  • Database purchase type
  • Number of database instances
  • Provisioned storage
  • Additional storage
  • Requests
  • Data transfer

You can optimize your costs for Amazon RDS database instances as per your application needs.

Amazon Dynamo DB:

  • It is a fast and flexible NoSQL database service for running all the applications.
  • It needs a consistent, single-digit working at any scale.
  • It is having a managed cloud system. It supports both document and storage models.
  • It has a highly flexible data model.
  • It offers reliable performance, and automatic scaling of capacity so that software can easily work on it.
  • Dynamo DB provisions the resources for achieving the targets by using the read and write capacity.
  • It then auto-scales the capacity of the system based on the usage of resources.

Amazon Cloud Front:

Amazon Cloud Front is a content delivery network (CDN) service that is operating globally. It offers a secured data delivery of the videos and the applications. It helps the APIs to view the lower latency and higher security transfer rates. Amazon Cloud Front pricing: Amazon Cloud Front has charges that are based on the data transfers, it also has requests which manage the content usage of users.

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When you begin to estimate the cost of Amazon Cloud Front:

  • Traffic distribution
  • Requests
  • Data transfer out

Optimizing costs with reservations: 

For having completely stable applications, various organizations can have cost savings by the usage of the Reserved Instances (RIs) and other models to manage the computer and data services. Many cloud-based workloads show a major pattern.

Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances:

You can easily use the Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances for reserving capacity and getting a discount on your instance usage as per the on-demand using. The prices are charged for the EC2 instance every time of hour as per the Reserved Instance.

Amazon Dynamo DB Reserved Capacity:

The Reserved Capacity provides a lot of savings and cost optimization.  Above the normal price of Dynamo DB with the capacity functioning.

Amazon RDS RIs:

The Amazon RDS RIs can be bought by the use of No Upfront, the Partial Upfront payments, or All payments at the Upfront terms.


The services and features offered by AWS have drastically increased. Here you pay for what you use. The philosophy is simpler for the AWS services you pay lesser than what you are using.  Here you pay even lesser than you actually use.

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For a better understanding of how AWS pricing works in the context of a real-world solution, you can understand the complete cost calculation method in depth.

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