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AWS and the Real Cost of Running Your Infrastructure in the Cloud.

· 5 min read
Ron Amosa
Platform Security Engineer @ Salesforce U.S.

Monitoring AWS costs is tricker than you may think. Cloud cost management as a general topic is the bane of a lot of business expenses.

If you look at AWS Pricing page, you're going to have to get your head around a few things.

For example, your storage needs:

cool, sounds pretty straight-foward.

me: "I'll just have 2TB please."

not so fast.

which region do you want to keep your S3 buckets?

me: "oh, um, what's the difference?"

The main thing that comes to mind is 'latency' to where your users are being served. You generally don't want to serve content from the other side of the world. Also different regions can vary in AWS services available for that region if you need to use something specifically. Data sovereignty is also a consideration - are you allowed to store your users data outside your country?

But the main difference this blog post is worried about, is cost.

A Runaway AWS EC2 Instance Blows up My Cloud Costs.

· 3 min read
Ron Amosa
Platform Security Engineer @ Salesforce U.S.

AWS have this little note on their "Avoiding Unexpected Charges" page that reads...


If you close your account or unsubscribe from a service, make sure that you take the appropriate steps for every region in which you've allocated AWS resources.

The part that says ominously "...appropriate steps for every region..." is funny because it sounds like AWS is telling you if you don't know what you're doing, good luck to you.