According to Gartner, without cloud cost optimization, businesses could be overspending by more than 70% in the cloud.
But what’s the best ways to reduce costs in AWS? According to our cloud experts, there are six things you can do to help improve your infrastructure while freeing up spend for other business initiatives.
Utilize a Tagging Strategy
Tagging allows you to separate and differentiate costs by a product or service, allowing you to see the differences in usage. Managing tags can keep accounts in order and identify services that may need optimizing.
Have a Reserved & Spot Instances Strategy
Reserved and Spot instances can be valuable financial instruments to maintaining a low AWS spend. Having a reserved instance strategy allows you to cut costs by planning for your architectural needs upfront. Utilizing Spot Instances enable you to run heavy stateless workloads while paying a fraction of the cost.
Monitor Cost Trends
Certain cost trends are indicators of cloud architecture patterns that can lead to cost concerns. Knowing what these look like upfront can prevent long-term cost consequences.
Look at Cost vs. Utilization
Without automation, it can be easy to commit errors like horizontal and vertical scaling, which ultimately result in using the wrong resources or not having the right resources for the right price. By tracking your utilization and turning off old instances, you can find simple ways to save on wasted resources.
Examine Cost Ratios
Cost ratios are dependent on your environment, but can be a valuable way to gain insight into the health and efficiency of your infrastructure. Ratios show where optimization may be valuable and where a change in strategy might be necessary.
Following our six steps provides immediate impact by offering valuable insight into your current costs and give you areas to optimize.
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