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Ten Moves to Lower Your AWS IaaS Costs

Published: 25 April 2017

ID: G00326261

Analyst(s): Ron Blair


If it doesn't apply cloud optimization technology based on agile microsourcing, automation and DevOps, then public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service projects can balloon beyond its initial budget. I&O leaders should use the following 10 moves to lower IaaS costs for Amazon Web Services deployments.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • No. 1: Use the Right Tools to Track and Manage
    • AWS Tools
    • Cloud Service Expense Management
    • Open-Source CSEM Options
    • Cloud Management Platforms, IT Service Management and Automation Platforms With CSEM Characteristics
    • Specialized CSEM SaaS Tools
  • No. 2: Use Consolidated Billing and Tagging for Optimization and Chargeback
    • Consolidate Billing
    • Tagging
  • No. 3: Exploit Cloud Economics (Turn Things Off)
  • No. 4: Rightsize Initially, Baseline After Three Months, Rightsize Again and Repeat
    • Instance Family Generations
    • Burstable Instances
  • No. 5: Use RIs to Diversify Your Portfolio
    • Standard RIs
    • Convertible RI
    • When Each Should Be Used
    • Focus on a Fiscal Break-Even Point
  • No. 6: Use Storage Life Policy Rules
  • No. 7: Use Private IP Addresses and CloudFront, and Be Opportunistic About Network Egress Costs
  • No. 8: Use Spot Pricing
  • No. 9: Understand Long-Term, Application-Driven, Cost Optimization Intersections
    • Containers and Microservices
    • Database Replatforming
    • More-Advanced Spot Usage
  • No. 10: Invest in a Cloud Cost Optimization Center of Excellence
  • Bottom Line

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