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Top 5 Simple Ways to Save Money on your AWS Bill

PLUS: I’ll be attending AWS re:Invent!

In Today’s Cloudbites:

🤑 5 Simple Ways to Save Money on your AWS Bill

💸 Antimetal: An Automated Way to Reduce your Bill

🌟 [Personal Update] I’ll be attending AWS re:Invent!

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Hi friends, welcome back to Cloudbites. Today, I’ll be sharing 5 simple ways you can cut down your AWS cloud expenses.

These are tried & tested methods I’ve personally recommended to AWS customers during my time as a Solutions Architect.

🤑 5 Simple Ways to Save Money on your Bill

When it comes to AWS, it all boils down to two main factors - usage and rate.

Your AWS Bill = Usage × Rate

You can either optimize usage (by making sure you’re only using what you need), or you can optimize for rate (by paying less for what you use). Now, let’s dive into the tips.

  1. Delete Unused Resources

    If you don’t delete resources that are no longer needed, they can quietly eat into your budget. Monitoring these resources can help you save a decent chunk off your AWS bill.

    One tool I’d recommend for this, is AWS Trusted Advisor. It can identify unused resources, and recommend ways to optimize your infrastructure.

  2. Rightsize Your Instances

    Right-sizing is all about matching your resources with your actual workload needs. Using instances that are larger than required, leads to unnecessary costs.

    To identify services with low utilization, I recommend using AWS Cost Explorer - a tool that lets you understand and manage your AWS costs over time.

  3. Reserve and Commit

    Reserving instances and committing to them for the long term can lead to significant cost savings. AWS offers Reserved Instances & Savings Plans.

    Both options provide massive discounts compared to standard on-demand pricing. You’re able to buy in bulk, and lock them in at a discounted rate.

  4. Use AWS Autoscaling

    By having AWS automatically adjust your resource levels up and down, you won’t ever need to worry about over-provisioning or under-provisioning.

    Autoscaling is available at no extra charge, and once you set it up, you’ll be able to find the perfect balance between performance and cost.

  5. Schedule on/off times

    If you have any instances that don’t need to be running 24/7, then turning them off is like turning off the lights when you leave a room. It saves energy and cost.

    One useful tool for this is the AWS Instance Scheduler. It automates the scheduling process for you, so that you don’t have to manually turn your instances on and off.

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🌟 [Personal Update] I’ll be attending AWS re:Invent!

I recently got my tickets to AWS re:Invent 2023! If you don’t know, AWS re:Invent is a learning conference hosted by AWS for the global cloud computing community. It will be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada [Nov 27 - Dec 1].

The event features keynote announcements, training and certification opportunities, access to 2,000+ technical sessions, after-hours events, and so much more.

Re:Invent is ideal for anyone who wants to transform their business with the cloud, hear the latest innovations with AWS and level up their cloud-computing skills.

Let me know if you’re planning to attend - I’d love to meet some of you there!

That's all for now. Thanks for reading! 😊

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