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AWS EC2 Cost - Are AWS users overspending ?

Newvem’s Opinion

There is a strong relationship between the budget of an AWS user and their efficiency.

  • Users with small budgets tend to have a higher amount of idle instances.  For instance, AWS users with a monthly budget of less than $1,000 tend to operate with more than 50% of their total instances as idle, revealing an estimated $500/month in potential cost savings.
  • Larger budgets operate their instances more efficiently.  Users with a monthly spend of $3,000 or more operate their AWS instances more efficiently; based on our sample efficiency becomes more efficient as the spend increases.  Despite this efficiency, there is still a significant amount of idle instances running, which complicate costs further.
  • There is an efficiency chasm that needs to be crossed when users scale from medium size to larger size spends.   As users begin to spend more than $3,000/month there is a negative impact on efficiency as the scale their AWS footprint.

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CloudConnect 2021 Summary by Newvem

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By: Jeff Barr - Senior Manager, Cloud Computing Solutions at, Inc Learn how-to predict costs quickly and accurately. Barr presents his 5Ms model, gives specific application examples, and then prices the applications using the AWS Simple Monthly Calculator.

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“I’m a huge proponent of automation. Taking rote processes from the hands of humans & leveraging machines of all types to enable higher agility, lower cost and increased efficacy is a wonderful thing.”


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Following last CloudInsights’ blog posts in regards to consumption, scalabliity and elasticity, we suggest you to check the following presentation. In it you will find a good summary for the basics of building scalable system on Amazon AWS cloud. The presentation brought to you by Kalpak Shah Founder & CEO,  Clogeny Technologies