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Amazon Web Services: Controlling Cost (2018)

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Learn how to use AWS tools and best practices to understand, forecast, and control Amazon Web Services (AWS) service costs.

Learn how to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) tools and best practices to understand, forecast, and control service costs. This course covers core AWS tools, such as CloudWatch billing alarms, consolidated billing with AWS Organizations, and the AWS billing dashboard tools. Instructor Lynn Langit shows how to control costs through key services, such as EC2, S3, RDS, and more. She also goes over how to best leverage third-party tools, and reviews architectural decisions related to cost control drawn from her own professional experiences.


  • Welcome
  • About using cloud services
1. Approaches to Cloud Service Cost Control
  • Why control AWS service costs?
  • Who should manage AWS cost control?
  • Understanding AWS free tier
  • AWS billing dashboard and budget
  • AWS organizations: Consolidate costs
  • Other AWS billing tools: Tagging
  • AWS Config tag rules
2. Control Costs by Service
  • AWS service types
  • File storage costs: S3
  • Compute costs: EC2 instance types
  • Compute costs: EC2 purchase types
  • Control compute costs: Lambda
  • Control database costs: RDS
  • Control database costs: DynamoDB
  • Start services with CloudFormation
3. Other Ways to Control Costs
  • CloudWatch billing alarms
  • Billing: Bills and Cost Explorer
  • Billing: Budgets and Reports
  • AWS Trusted Advisor cost control
  • AWS Service Catalog
  • Using third-party products: Botmetric
  • Using tools: AWS Athena and Looker
  • AWS and community resources
4. Cost Control Scenarios
  • Understanding true cost
  • Marketing website
  • Dynamic website
  • Internal business application
  • Big data pipeline
  • Other cost control tips
  • Next steps

Taught by

Lynn Langit

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