Using CloudCheckr for AWS Cost Analysis

Understanding and gaining insight into your AWS costs is not easy using native AWS tools.  However, CloudCheckr provides several reports that allow you to dissect your AWS costs (including across multiple consolidated accounts) and highlights area of potential cost savings.

CloudCheckr’s cost reports can utilize both AWS Detailed Billing as well as CloudWatch cost data for its analysis and predictions.  Go here to ensure that this data is available within your AWS account:  https://support.cloudcheckr.com/2013/10/30/enable-cost-reports-within-aws/.


SINGLE DAY SUMMARY

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The Single Day Billing Summary report shows billing statistics taken directly from your AWS invoice for a specific date.  It not only allows you to see what you’ve spent for that day, but it provides several statistics for comparison to ensure your costs are in line with your expectations.

The report will show you what you’ve spent for the date selected, total costs for the previous day, month-to-date costs through that day, and month-to-date costs for the same time period the previous month.

You will also see a predicted bill based on the current month’s costs, the total costs for the previous month, average daily cost for the current month, and the average daily cost for the previous month.  The report also provides a breakdown of costs by AWS service.

For more information on this report, please go here:  https://support.cloudcheckr.com/bill-summary-report/


SINGLE MONTH SUMMARY

The Single Month Summary report provides you with a monthly overview of your AWS costs.  It allows you to get a feel for how your costs have fluctuated over the course of a month.  The report can be filtered by AWS, and previous months’ data can be viewed.

Below the chart within the report is a list of each day, along with its daily Cost, Credits, Net Bill and Month-to-Date totals for each.  You can expand each day for a breakdown of this data by AWS service.

For more information on this report, please go here: https://support.cloudcheckr.com/bill-details-report/


HISTORIC 12-MONTH SUMMARY

The Historic 12-Month Billing Summary report shows the end-of-month costs for previous months, as well as statistics about average AWS costs.  This report can also be filtered by AWS service.

This report provides a very quick and easy way to see how your monthly costs have trended over time.

For more information on this report, please go here: https://support.cloudcheckr.com/bill-history-report/


ADVANCED FILTERING (WITH TAGS)

CloudCheckr’s Advanced Filtering (with Tags) report allows you to query your AWS Detailed Billing Report based on dimensions such as date range, account, region, service, resource tag, resource ID, operation and usage type. This reports allows you to set different parameters, see the results, change the parameter, and review the results interactively.  You can also choose to display blended or unblended costs within the report.

This report provides a seemingly infinite number of ways to organize and dissect your AWS costs.   For a basic example: if you chose to filter the report by regions EU (Ireland) and US East (North Virginia) and select only EC2 and S3 for services, the report will show you only the total costs for EC2 and S3 within those two regions. If you group the report by Region, the graph will display the total costs in the regions.  If you group by AWS Service, the graph will display the total costs for each Service.  You can also filter further by resource tag or resource ID.

For more information on this report, please go here: https://support.cloudcheckr.com/detailed-billing-analysis/


ADVANCED GROUPING (WITH TAGS)

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CloudCheckr’s Advanced Grouping (with Tags) report uses the costs associated with your AWS tagged resources.  It allows you to group costs by multiple levels of Tag Keys. For instance, you can group costs by Tag Keys of CustomerName, then further group costs within that by Tag Keys of ProductName.

The controls for the report are identical to the Advanced Filtering (with Tags) report, so you can further query your AWS Detailed Billing Report based on dimensions such as date range, account, region, service, resource tag, resource ID, operation and usage type. This reports allows you to set different parameters, see the results, change the parameter, and review the results interactively.  You can also choose to display blended or unblended costs within the report.

For more information on this report, please go here: https://support.cloudcheckr.com/detailed-billing-with-grouping/


COST WARNING

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Cost Warning reports are designed to highlight areas of waste.  The reports will show you items that are unused, which resources are the most expensive, or for S3, potential savings to be gained by storing your objects using Reduced Redundancy Storage or within the most cost-effective regions.

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