The Cost Optimization pillar of the AWS Well-Architected Framework provides guidance on how to design and operate workloads in the cloud to optimize costs.
This pillar consists of design principles and best practices on:
Implementing, measuring and managing cost efficiency,
Right-sizing resources and increasing cost awareness,
Improving cost optimization over time
Stream.Security provides actionable cost optimization suggestions to help your teams continuously optimize AWS costs.
The Cost Optimization pillar of the AWS Well-Architected Framework provides guidance on how to design and operate workloads in the cloud to optimize costs. It helps organizations identify opportunities to reduce costs, eliminate waste, and improve efficiency without sacrificing performance, security, or functionality. The Cost Optimization pillar is focused on helping organizations achieve maximum business value by minimizing costs and maximizing returns on cloud investments.
The Cost Optimization pillar consists of the following five design principles:
Implement cloud financial management: This principle involves implementing effective financial management practices in the cloud to control costs and optimize spending. This includes setting budgets, establishing cost allocation and chargeback mechanisms, and implementing cost reporting and analysis tools.
Adopt a consumption model: This principle focuses on adopting a consumption-based pricing model to optimize costs. It involves leveraging pay-per-use pricing models, such as serverless computing, containers, and managed services, to reduce costs and improve efficiency.
Measure overall efficiency: This principle involves measuring the overall efficiency of cloud workloads and identifying opportunities for optimization. This includes monitoring and analyzing resource utilization, identifying areas of waste and inefficiency, and making changes to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Stop spending money on undifferentiated heavy lifting: This principle involves focusing on higher-value activities and outsourcing undifferentiated heavy lifting to reduce costs. This includes leveraging managed services, automation, and outsourcing non-core activities to free up resources and reduce costs.
Analyze and attribute expenditure: This principle involves analyzing and attributing expenditure to understand the true cost of cloud workloads. This includes implementing cost attribution and chargeback mechanisms to identify the true cost of individual workloads, understand usage patterns, and optimize spending.
The Cost Optimization pillar consists of the following five best practices:
Practice Cloud Financial Management: This focus area involves implementing financial management practices in the cloud to monitor and control costs effectively. This includes setting budgets, establishing cost allocation and chargeback mechanisms, and implementing cost reporting and analysis tools.
Expenditure and Usage Awareness: This focus area involves increasing awareness of cloud expenditure and usage patterns to identify areas of inefficiency and optimize spending. This includes monitoring and analyzing resource utilization, identifying areas of waste and inefficiency, and making changes to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Cost-Effective Resources: This focus area involves using cost-effective resources to optimize spending. This includes leveraging pay-per-use pricing models, such as serverless computing, containers, and managed services, to reduce costs and improve efficiency.
Manage Demand and Supplying Resources: This focus area involves managing demand for cloud resources and supplying resources in a cost-effective manner. This includes using auto-scaling, load balancing, and other techniques to match resource supply with demand, avoiding over-provisioning, and reducing idle resources.
Optimize Over Time: This focus area involves continuously optimizing cloud workloads over time to improve efficiency and reduce costs. This includes regularly reviewing and optimizing cloud architectures, using automation and other tools to reduce manual intervention, and adopting new technologies and services to reduce costs and improve performance.
How can Stream.Security help optimize AWS costs?
Stream.Security Cost feature helps you understand your cloud bill more clearly than native tools and/or other legacy FinOps vendors, by providing you with a complete context of your resources cost-wise. When understanding how your cloud bill is built up, you can optimize and implement cost best practices . With the Cost feature you can review costs trends, direct and indirect costs, data transfer costs, so you could instantly detect saving opportunities, troubleshoot and prioritize actions to reduce costs. The built-in cost anomaly detection engine of Stream.Security generates alerts if there are unexpected spikes in costs - so your teams can get ahead of unexpected costs before seeing them on a bill. This proactive approach frees up your DevOps/FinOps teams from previously wasting time on cost “investigations”. These teams can now spend valuable time on strategic business related tasks.
In addition, Stream's Architectural Standards for Cost help you detect all Unused, Underutilized and misconfigured resource, so you could drive costs down easily.
The Cost Optimization pillar provides organizations with invaluable guidance and best practices to effectively manage and optimize costs in their AWS environments. By following the principles outlined in this pillar, organizations can achieve maximum cost efficiency while maintaining high performance and operational excellence.
Taking a proactive approach to cost optimization begins with understanding and monitoring resource usage. By leveraging tools like AWS Cost Explorer, organizations can gain visibility into their AWS spending, identify cost drivers, and make informed decisions to optimize resource allocation and eliminate unnecessary expenses.
Applying right-sizing strategies helps align resources with actual workload demands. This involves selecting the appropriate instance types, storage options, and configurations that accurately match the performance requirements of the application. By utilizing services like AWS Auto Scaling, organizations can dynamically adjust resources based on demand, ensuring optimal utilization and cost efficiency. Implementing effective governance mechanisms, such as tagging resources and setting up budget alerts, enables organizations to track and control costs at a granular level. This helps in identifying cost centers, allocating expenses, and enforcing cost management practices across the organization.
Adopting serverless architectures and managed services, such as AWS Lambda and Amazon RDS, can significantly reduce costs by eliminating the need for provisioning and managing underlying infrastructure. Leveraging AWS Reserved Instances and Savings Plans allows organizations to secure discounted pricing for long-term resource usage, further optimizing costs.
Continuously monitoring and optimizing costs is essential to ensure ongoing efficiency. By regularly reviewing and optimizing resource utilization, organizations can identify areas of potential waste, implement cost-saving measures, and ensure that cost optimization practices are embedded in their day-to-day operations.