AWS CloudWatch is Amazon Web Services’ primary monitoring tool for your cloud environment. Whether you are aware of it or not, if you use AWS, your data is being collected in CloudWatch, on more metrics than you probably know what to do with. With a small amount of effort, however, you can make this data work for you to reduce costs, automatically.

What AWS CloudWatch Data Tells You

First of all, is AWS CloudWatch collecting data about your utilization? Almost certainly, the answer is yes. As an example, here are some of the metrics that are collected by default for EC2:

  • CPU Utilization
  • Disk Read Ops
  • Disk Write Ops
  • Disk Read Bytes
  • Disk Write Bytes
  • Network In
  • Network Out
  • Network Packets In
  • Network Packets Out

Full list here.

Like many AWS services, AWS CloudWatch has a free tier that covers the needs of many applications. You’ll need to pay more for custom metrics; extra dashboards, alarms, and logs; and custom events.

Also worth keeping in mind is that data is kept historically, based on the data resolution. Data points with a period of 60 seconds are kept for 15 days, although shorter periods are kept for as short as 3 hours, and longer for up to 15 months.

What to do with all this data? First, set up your AWS CloudWatch dashboard(s) and create alerts on the metrics that are important to you. The next step is to use this data for automated optimization of your environment.

How to Turn That Data into Automated Cost Savings

Most organizations using public cloud are wasting thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on cloud resources they’re not actually using. Even if you’re aware of overspend, you may not think you have the time or bandwidth to address the issue. With automation, integrating cost control into your daily processes can be straightforward.

One ParkMyCloud customer, Kurt Brochu of Sysco Foods, once told us, “To me, the magic is that the platform empowers the end user to make decisions for the betterment of the business.” His team has achieved a lifetime ROI of 1400% using ParkMyCloud. AWS data and ParkMyCloud’s automation capabilities empower his users to identify what spend is necessary, and what can be optimized.


Learn how – by hearing from Kurt directly!

We’re joining together with him and AWS to discuss how to empower your team to use AWS CloudWatch data to optimize cloud costs. Join us for a webinar on June 26 at 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific.

The webinar will give you an understanding of:

  • What Amazon CloudWatch and AWS Trusted Advisor data is available that can help you save money
  • Real-world examples of cost savings
  • Potential data availability challenges and “gotchas” and how to address them
  • How ParkMyCloud’s automated cost optimization platform can use your utilization data to optimize costs

Hope to see you there!

About Katy Stalcup

Katy Stalcup is the Director of Marketing for ParkMyCloud, where she’s responsible for a wide variety of content development, campaigns, and events. Since ParkMyCloud's founding, she's evangelized its message of simple cost savings and automation (seriously, in the words of one of our customers, "There is literally no reason not to use ParkMyCloud"). Katy is a Northern Virginia native who is happy to contribute to the region’s growing reputation as an East Coast gathering point for technology innovation - particularly as a graduate of the Alexandria, VA Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in communication and psychology from Virginia Tech. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, playing strategy board games, and travel both near and far.

How to Turn AWS Utilization Data
into Automated Cost Control

 

 

 

 


Learn how your AWS utilization data in CloudWatch
can be harnessed to optimize your cloud costs.

June 26th | 2 PM ET