The 10 Most Common Amazon’s AWS Usage Mistakes

The 10 Most Common Amazon’s AWS Usage Mistakes

10 common amazon AWS usage mistakesAWS (Amazon Web Services) provides an excellent cloud infrastructure solution for both early stage startups and enterprises.  The good news is that AWS is a pay-per-use service, provides universal access to state-of-the-art computing resources, and scales with the growing needs of a business.  The bad news – AWS can be very hard for early stage companies to onboard, while enterprises usually spend too much time with ‘busy work’ to optimize AWS and keep costs under control.

Newvem Cloud Analytics service helps AWS users to get to the bottom of their AWS cloud. By gathering data streams from multiple compute resources and crunching this data with its state-of-the-art analytics engine, Newvem enables AWS users to discover potential cost savings, identify security vulnerabilities and gain more control over availability. 

You started to work with Amazon cloud few months ago and you realize the loss of control when you see yourself:

  • Shocked by your AWS bill.
  • Spending too much time collecting and analyzing AWS Usage data.
  • Unsure of how many reserved instances you need.

Since our private beta’s launch, we’ve watched over 100,000 AWS instances and have seen users make repeated mistakes over their cloud operations… some are simple, but can result in massive security, availability and cost issues within an organization.

Based on our experience, these are issues that both novice and experience AWS users should be aware.  Our KnowYourCloud Analytics helps AWS users to stay on top of their cloud by monitoring AWS usage and suggesting actions to take when cost, security and availability issues arise.

I invite you to check these ten most common mistakes you should avoid in order to make the most out of your AWS cloud footprint:

Mistake #1: Picking Over-Sized Instances

Mistake #2: Provisioning Too Many Instances

Mistake #3: Failing to make the right Trade-offs when Selecting Instance Types.

Mistake #4: Leaving Instances Running Idle

Mistake #5: Forgetting to Clean Up Stale Resources

Mistake #6: Taking too Few or No EBS Snapshots

Mistake #7: Taking too Many EBS Volume Snapshots

Mistake #8: Forgetting to release allocated Elastic IPs.

Mistake #9: Failing to Proper Configure Security Groups

Mistake #10: Not taking Advantage of Multiple Availability Zones

Newvem actively prioritizes significant risk to cloud health based on its severity, including security and availability. Get started with Newvem’s AWS cloud care:

Keywords: amazon aws usage mistakes, aws, amazon web services, cloud infrastructure solution, aws cloud, aws cost savings, aws security, aws availability, AWS instances, cloud operations.

Zev Laderman, CEO & Co-Founder at Newvem

Earlier in his career Zev managed several business units at Oracle and later led several successful startups, including Aduva which was acquired by Sun MicroSystems and Tradeum which was acquired by VerticalNet.

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