Amazon Web Services (AWS) monthly bills start arriving in inboxes the world round about this time every month. When they do, there are two questions we like to ask AWS users.
One, did you look at your AWS bill?
For some readers, the idea that you might not is ridiculous. You may be surprised how many companies we’ve talked to where even key decision makers are unsure how much they are spending on cloud services. (Mature cloud users are more likely to worry about spend, as found by RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Report, but that doesn’t mean that even those users have their eye on the bill each month.)
Okay, so let’s assume that you have looked at your AWS bill. Time for the second question. Was your AWS bill more than you expected this month?
For more and more cloud users, the answer is yes. Only 46% of enterprises monitor and rightsize cloud resources – which means 54% do nothing. Between resources left running when they’re not needed, incorrectly sized resources, and orphaned volumes, it’s easy for bills to climb out of control.
We’ve written extensively about how to reduce cloud waste, whether you should build cost-reduction tools yourself, and how to control AWS spend. If that’s overwhelming, there’s one simple thing you can do to get started, and combat that sticker shock in time for your next AWS bill.
Your first step toward getting AWS bills in control is to schedule on/off times for your non-production resources, so you’re not wasting a single dollar on compute time you don’t need.
It’s easy – get started with a free trial of ParkMyCloud.