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Reducing Your AWS Costs Seem Impossible? We’ve Got Good News


Move to the cloud, they said.

You’ll save money, they said.

The reality? If you're not keeping an eye on your public cloud environment, while at the same time implementing cloud cost optimization tools and strategies, chances are your cloud bill is becoming harder and harder to manage.

We all notice it -- AWS accounts grow by the day, sometimes faster than we can keep up with, as more and more apps continue to come online. Take your eyes off them for a minute, and you’ll quickly notice the bills can get a little out of hand.

However, that doesn’t have to be the case. In a recent webinar, Ali Mahmoud, Director of Product Marketing and Colin Jack, Lead Solutions Architect at Embotics walked through a few ways to save on your next AWS bill:

AWS Enterprise Discount

One great way to save on your AWS bill is to remember to activate your enterprise discount, which can save you anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of your total bill. The tricky part? It can be almost impossible to find price transparency stats on AWS’ enterprise discounts and details on the program can be a bit unclear, so it’s best to discuss with your AWS enterprise sales representative directly.

Ad Hoc Discounts/Volume Pricing

If you’re hesitant to commit or can’t get a decent deal on the AWS enterprise discount program, there are a number of ad-hoc and volume pricing options available. Like any vendor, those end of the month and end of the year deals can be negotiated, as long as you’re willing to lock into a short-term commitment. In addition, volume discounts apply to linked AWS accounts, so if you have a bunch of ad-hoc accounts across the organization, make sure you link all of those accounts to take advantage of the volume discounts available.

Reserved Instances

Reserved instances are nothing new, but worth noting as a valuable cost-saving option. With reserved instances, you lock-in a committed spend on an instance on resources and then you may a minimum of that towards your agreed upon timeframe (typically 1-3 years) to get a committed low price. While this isn’t a great option for dev tests or staging, it can be a great way to save money on production environments.

Regional Placement

Even though AWS is pretty consistent with pricing across its four regions, it’s still worth doing your homework to find the cheapest region for your organization’s needs. Last we checked, Amazon’s northern California region was the most expensive, while its other three offered more cost savings options, so don’t forget to check AWS’s pricing when deploying new workloads to make sure you’re getting the most for your money.

Power Schedule Non-Prod Environments

Power scheduling is fairly straight-forward to do; you just want to shut off unused environments when they are not needed. For example, when developers head home for the evening, be sure to shut off developer and dev test environments, since they won’t be in-use while your team is sleeping. 

Shut Down Staging Between Releases

When you know that the staging environment is only going to be in-use for a short period of time, be sure to power schedule and shut it down between releases. For example, many times staging environments are only used for a week and a half prior to a new release, and then sit stagnant for weeks until the next release cycle. In those instances, organizations can achieve cost savings by simply remembering to shut down the environment in-between uses.

Rightsizing & Decommissioning

When you get your AWS bill, you want to be able to take the next step right away. For example, you want to be able to quickly say that’s expensive, rightsize it. Or, that workload is too large, downsize it.

Something we see all the time is while multiple groups are spinning up resources, they don’t have the holistic view the IT team does. Therefore, when the IT team performs an audit, they find duplicates all over the place. With the use of automation, IT teams can easily implement custom policy requirements for high value resources, automatically downsize on next maintenance windows, and notify owners and set expiry date for decommissioning.

For more tips on how to cut down your AWS bill, be sure to check out the full webinar here: https://info.embotics.com/aws-cost-optimization-webinar

Topics: Public Cloud AWS Cloud Management Cloud Market