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Drilling into the new AWS Cost and Usage Reports

By Paul Biggs on December 17, 2015

Just in time for the holidays, Amazon Web Services has given its users quite the gift: new AWS Cost and Usage Reports. These Reports aim to succeed users’ Detailed Billing Reports, by providing the most granular level of detail available for your AWS usage and the associated costs.

We’re really excited about this update. It unlocks tons of new data, which will facilitate increased transparency and deeper insights into cloud costs and operations. Additionally, it demonstrates AWS’s commitment to listen to feedback and empower customers to better manage their cloud costs. Making this new data available was a huge investment on their part!

What these reports unloc

These new reports represent two huge wins for AWS users:

  1. Demystified data: A lot data has been buried in the DBR, deep in the details of concatenated fields (requiring complicated pattern-matching and billing code translation to extract). The new Report format normalizes this data and makes it available in stand-alone fields. This makes the cost data much easier to digest and work with.  
  2. Reserved Instance visibility: Connecting individual hourly usage lines to a specific Reserved Instance was not really possible prior to now. With these new Reports, AWS has provided additional fields to identify each RI applied, making it much easier to measure the effectiveness of your Reservation strategy.

These are just some of the great strides forward for AWS, making key information easier to access for decision-making and planning purposes. Read the announcement on the AWS blog for all the additions.

Even deeper insight with Cloudability

The new AWS Cost and Usage Reports will also help unlock even deeper insights within Cloudability. Here are just a few examples of analysis this new data will enable:

It is important to note that while AWS recommends using the new Cost and Usage Reports instead of Detailed Billing Reports, the DBR file will remain available to facilitate the transition to the new format. No immediate action is required; your Cloudability data will continue to flow as usual. We’ll notify customers well in advance of any required updates.

We’ve kicked off a feature feedback program for customers interested in rolling up their sleeves and digging into the new treasure trove of data with us. Shoot us an in-app message for more details.

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