Guides

Bill Analysis Guides

CloudWisdom’s Bill Analysis tool uncomplicates the task of tracking and budgeting your AWS Cloud spend. This tool reads the detailed billing data from your AWS account or consolidated billing family and breaks it down by cost allocation tags, services, and metadata. About These guide show you how to use the Bill Analysis tool using different scenarios; for a full list of features, see our Bill Analysis Documentation pages. The Bill Analysis tool requires at least one AWS datasource enabled on your account.

Create Budget Alerts

Budget Alerts can be set in the Bill Analysis tool using a combination of: Saved reports Send Daily Email Matching Conditions Read the guide on creating budget alerts before using this guide. Practice Create a daily Budget Alert of cost deltas above $5 for EC2 - Other Usage Types. Navigate to Cost Management > Bill Analysis. Select Quick ranges > Latest day. Select CONFIGURE. Select the EC2 - Other service.

Create a Monthly Cost Reports

To use the Bill Analysis tool, login to CloudWisdom and navigate to Cost Management > Bill Analysis. Create and Save a Monthly Total Cost Report Let’s say you want to explore a breakdown of your bill across AWS Availability Zones for the past month (30 days). How would you do that? Select Latest 30 days in the Quick ranges dropdown. Select CONFIGURE to open the configuration modal. Select Stacked View for the visualization, as we aren’t looking to compare periods in this report.

Explore Cost Deltas

Cost deltas are noticeable rises in resource cost discovered when comparing two distinct time periods in your AWS billing history. Measuring your cost deltas against the average application workload cost is a great way to discover opportunities to save. Read the guide on creating budget alerts before using this guide. In the previous guide, we created a Bill Analysis report that displays EC2 - Other costs from the Latest 30 Days broken down by Usage Type.

Filter RIs from Cost Analysis

Getting an accurate picture of your entire AWS bill requires looking at your costs from multiple perspectives. Examining dimensions like AWS Services, Reservations, and Storage usage individually often gives you new insights you wouldn’t otherwise have viewing them together as a whole. In this article, we’re going to show you how to filter out Reservations from your AWS Services Costs analysis. We want to do this because Reserved Instances have a unique pricing model in comparison to On-Demand instances.

View Amortized Costs

When you purchase EC2 reservations with no upfront payment or partial upfront payment, the monthly installments appear as a single charge on the first day of each month: This distorts the scale of the cost axis and makes it difficult to see spending trends. Even worse, when you purchase EC2 reservations with Partial or All Upfront payment the upfront costs are recorded at the time they are charged rather than at the time of associated usage and they typically do not show up in the graphs at all.