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Formula Building and Compare Functionality for the AWS Pricing Add-On
Engineering

Formula Building and Compare Functionality for the AWS Pricing Add-On

One of the most helpful features of the AWS Pricing Add-On is the Formula Builder. This sidebar allows you to parameterize the AWS pricing values you want for specific cells, automatically generating the formula you require.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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Formula Building and Compare Functionality for the AWS Pricing Add-On
Cost Allocation Tagging
Engineering

Cost Allocation Tagging

To align your cloud usage and billing with your business objectives, you should start by gaining visibility over your expenses. This is where solutions like Cost Allocation Tagging and AWS Cost Categories come into play.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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Cost Allocation Tagging
What is CloudTrail?
Engineering

What is CloudTrail?

AWS CloudTrail is a crucial governance and auditing tool for any company operating in the cloud, so it is fundamental to know how to leverage it. In this article, we cover its main characteristics and explore some relevant use cases.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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What is CloudTrail?
What Are Spot Instances?
Engineering

What Are Spot Instances?

In this article, we explore the attributes of the Spot Instance purchasing model, including relevant definitions, suggested use cases, a comparison with other AWS pricing models, and, finally, how to measure its benefits.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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What Are Spot Instances?
Reserved Instances or Savings Plans?
Engineering

Reserved Instances or Savings Plans?

Cost optimization is one of the pillars for the efficient usage of AWS. However, inspecting and understanding AWS billing reports can be a challenging task.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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Reserved Instances or Savings Plans?
AWS EC2 Instance and EBS Volume Pricing
Engineering

AWS EC2 Instance and EBS Volume Pricing

AWS Pricing by Strake is an open-source project that allows anyone to bring AWS Public pricing into Google Sheets using Strake's custom functions. To help the community get started with this project, Strake published several free templates to help engineers answer critical questions about AWS Pricing. Today, we will use Google Sheets templates to analyze Amazon EC2 Instance and EBS Pricing.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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AWS EC2 Instance and EBS Volume Pricing
AWS Pricing Add-on for Google Sheets
Announcements

AWS Pricing Add-on for Google Sheets

Strake has agreed to assume ownership and maintenance of the AWS Pricing add-on for Google Sheets. The AWS Pricing add-on allows AWS users to query public AWS Pricing data using customer Google Sheets functions. Strake is committed to keeping the project open-source and is excited to continue building on the idea Mike Heffner brought to the AWS community.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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AWS Pricing Add-on for Google Sheets
AWS Cost Analysis: Amazon RDS Costs
Engineering

AWS Cost Analysis: Amazon RDS Costs

Amazon RDS is a managed database service that makes it easy to spin up, operate and scale relational databases to support any size production infrastructure. RDS is one of Amazon Web Services’ most utilized services and has a complicated billing structure encompassing instance running costs, data transfer costs, and provisioned IOPS and Storage.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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AWS Cost Analysis: Amazon RDS Costs
AWS Cost Analysis: Amazon EC2 Costs
Engineering

AWS Cost Analysis: Amazon EC2 Costs

Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is the backbone of AWS. EC2 allows customers to access hundreds of different instance types across the globe in seconds. This guide walks through the different types of EC2 costs and how to isolate them using SQL analysis on your Cost and Usage Report (CUR). If you don’t have a CUR active in your account, you can check out the first guide which walks through permissions and the process of creating a CUR.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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AWS Cost Analysis: Amazon EC2 Costs
Cost and Usage Report Setup
Engineering

Cost and Usage Report Setup

This guide shows you how to share IAM permissions, create a cost and usage report (CUR), and set up a local analysis environment using SQLite3.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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Cost and Usage Report Setup
AWS Cost and Usage Report Documentation
Engineering

AWS Cost and Usage Report Documentation

The Amazon Cost and Usage Report is the go-to data source for cloud cost management. The Macroscope team did the work of breaking down the most important Cost and Usage Report fields, explained the details they contain, and provided some sample values.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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AWS Cost and Usage Report Documentation
A Complete Guide to AWS Reservations
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A Complete Guide to AWS Reservations

In this overview of AWS Reservations, we will discuss the most popular reservation products: Compute Savings Plans, EC2 Savings Plans, EC2 Reserved Instances, and RDS Reserved Instances. In addition, we will mention the other reservation products offered by AWS and where you can find more information on those products.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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A Complete Guide to AWS Reservations
Understanding Your AWS Costs
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Understanding Your AWS Costs

Tired of using Cost Explorer for your Amazon Cost Analysis? Look no further. Introducing The Developer's Guide to AWS Costs, an open-source project that gives software engineers the ability to analyze their AWS Costs using SQL and the Cost and Usage Report.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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Understanding Your AWS Costs
How to Negotiate an AWS Enterprise Discount Program Agreement (EDP)
Engineering

How to Negotiate an AWS Enterprise Discount Program Agreement (EDP)

The AWS Enterprise Discount Program (EDP) is a multi-year financial commitment to AWS in return for volume discounts and cost savings. Like most enterprise agreements, an EDP requires complex analysis and requires alignment from the executive team on business goals. This blog outlines the steps any AWS customer should take if they are looking to execute an EDP agreement.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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How to Negotiate an AWS Enterprise Discount Program Agreement (EDP)
What is EC2-Other?
Engineering

What is EC2-Other?

EC2-Other is the catch-all bucket for EC2 costs other than hourly instance costs. If you are a heavy EC2 user, this will be one of the highest cost categories on your AWS bill. It is time to take the EC2-Other category and break it down in a meaningful way to help your engineering teams understand what is driving this massive cost category.

Brian Regan
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Brian Regan
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What is EC2-Other?
FinOps Starts With Engineers
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FinOps Starts With Engineers

A natural evolution is occurring in the FinOps movement, where the focus and concentration on the development of the practice is moving out of Finance and Business Operations, into Engineering…. Why is this ? The only people who can actually impact cloud spend are engineers. It is for this reason that we are building tools to enable engineers to address the problem as efficiently as possible.

Jim Treinen
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Jim Treinen
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FinOps Starts With Engineers