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Learn about Cloud Optimization AWS re:Invent

Want to Learn about Cloud Optimization? Check out These 5 AWS re:Invent Breakout Sessions

We recently released an article about AWS’ amazing growth where we covered 33 different numbers that reflect its revenue growth from $5B in 2014 to an expected $7B in 2015. These numbers are not surprising seeing as we’ve been tracking AWS customer costs since 2013 and now analyze usage and cost metrics for thousands of… Continue reading >

Blended rates versus unblended rates

Blended Rates vs. Unblended Rates: Real Life Use Case

AWS currently offers two forms of billing for cloud services. The first is the standard where a customer has an AWS account that receives a monthly bill. The second is known as Consolidated Billing, which is meant for larger organizations that operate under multiple (linked) accounts. Consolidated Billing designates one account (out of all linked… Continue reading >

instance lifecycle

Exploring Your Virtual Instance: Lifecycle, Utilization and Governance

Most businesses have migrated at least some or in some cases, even all of their IT infrastructure to a cloud platform like AWS, Microsoft Azure or others. However, while cloud services have the advantage of reducing costs and resources, there are drawbacks, such as not being able to physically maintain their systems. Nevertheless, transparent cloud… Continue reading >

Cloud IT Financial Management: Detecting and Mitigating Hidden Costs

Users’ cost expectations and reality, as reflected in the monthly bill. This mismatch can be caused by overlooked charges, by idle or wasted resources or by unplanned usage of resources. Let’s take the following examples: Two virtual instances running a database are set up in master/slave configuration. Wrong configuration parameters can lead to massive data… Continue reading >

reserved instances in Amazon AWS

Not Only EC2 – 5 More AWS Services That Can Be Reserved

One of the main reasons most companies move their IT services to the cloud is to save money. With AWS, it is common knowledge that EC2 Reserved Instances exist at a discount compared to the On-Demand rate. RDS is another well-known service which can be reserved, reservations which were analyzed in our previous post. However,… Continue reading >