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Looking Toward re:Invent 2018, and Back at Our Year in AWS

By Leslie McCollom on November 20, 2018
Brush up on AWS news before re:Invent 2018.

AWS re:Invent 2018 is almost here. On the road to re:Invent we’ve told you what’s new this year, shared our recommendations for what to do, see and eat while there, given you a sneak preview of our soon-to-drop book and clued you in on one of the best parties of the year.

Now as we look towards the next week and wonder what news and developments might be announced, we’re taking a look back at our AWS posts from this past year.

From changes to AWS billing constructs to understanding AWS cost metrics — no matter where AWS developments go, you can count on Cloudability for accurate information on your spend and usage that can help fuel your organization’s innovation.

It’s Time to Switch to AWS CUR

AWS has indicated that the DBR will be “unavailable at a later date.” At the beginning of the year, we walked through the advantages the new CUR file offers over the DBR (a big one being that the CUR accounts for RI amortization) and the importance of making the switch to the CUR early to avoid any interruptions in business processes.

Most AWS users are currently using the CUR file now, and the DBR will no longer be supported in Cloudability as of January 1st, 2019. So if you haven’t already made the switch, the time is now!

Understanding AWS Cost Metrics: Do You Have a True Cost Metric?

Not all metrics are created equal. Until you know exactly what you’re spending and saving on cloud, it’s not possible to optimize your cost and usage.

Cloudability Strategic Product Manager, Andrew Midgely, walks through a series of steps that will help you arrive at accurate metrics for your cloud, including a very handy RI Cost Metrics Table. Once you are equipped with precise information on your spend, you can really start to take advantage of the freedom that AWS can offer to grow and innovate.

Simplifying Cloud Storage Costs: How AWS S3 Pricing Works

With so many variables in play, AWS S3 pricing can seem very complicated. We broke the billing structure down, complete with a comparison table. Once you know how to simplify this process you are one step closer to finding the best fit for your data use.

Getting a Grip on Your AWS Data Transfer Costs

It’s easy to focus on instance costs when trying to get a grip on your AWS spend, but data transfer can be a respectable cost center in its own right. Here’s the skinny on AWS data transfer costs and some tips to lower them.

For more on AWS, read our latest deep dive post, Guide to AWS EC2 and How to Control Its Costs.

Get Late-breaking Data and Methods to Drive Your Cloud Journey

We’ve made it our mission to support cloud users, no matter where new developments in the world of cloud infrastructure lead.                         

We’ve compiled our 8 years of learnings and customer-tested best practices in one book – Cloud Control: A Primer in Cloud Financial Management & Your Cloud’s True Cost. Reserve your copy now, then stop by Booth 1316 to say hello and pick it up!

And since you’ll be at re:Invent, let’s meet up to discuss the specifics of the challenges and opportunities your organization is facing.

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