Customers from around the world rely on our platform to better understand their AWS bill and save thousands each month. For some, it’s the only tool they need.

We understand that part of saving on cost also means enabling you to reduce the number of expensive, niche tools in your kit. That’s why Metricly continues to expand its features: to better serve the needs of all our customers. And we’re happy to say, our newest report comes directly from your feedback.

The AWS Services Cost Report

With this report you can compare costs over time, grouped by tag or attribute. This enables you to detect changes before the end of a billing period, meaning you’ll be aware of any jumps in spending and have time to reverse them before they start to add up.

Understanding the Report

In the chart below, each pair of bars represents the value associated with a given cost allocation tag key. Each pair could also represent an attribute, such as an Account ID or region.

  • Dark Blue: Represents a recent period, such as: last day, last 7 days, last Wednesday, or month-to-date.
  • Light Blue: Represents the preceding corresponding period (for example, the 7 days prior to the last 7 days).

This report shows you the change by tag value, over time, in both visual and tabular format.

AWS Services Cost Report

AWS Services Cost Report

How It’s Useful

Catches Mistakes

Increase in costs can be due to simple mistakes, such as selecting the wrong instance size or launching instance types without a corresponding reservation contract. In those cases, time is of the essence to catch the problem early and reverse it before having a bigger surprise at the end of the month.

Provides Transparency

Often, this kind of report is simply required by organizations for purposes of periodic management reporting. The AWS Services Cost report provides more insight to hosting costs (by department, application, account ID, or region) managers need for governance and planning. Having this report available and with dashboards out-of-the-box makes meeting your compliance needs a breeze.

What Else Can It Do?

Take a look at our AWS Services Cost Report User Guide for an in-depth look at the features described below.

Save, Email, Share

You can save an AWS Services Cost report after you have applied filtering, viewing, and grouping settings. After doing so, you can also receive them as an email immediately or on a regular basis. That way, you always have what you need at your fingertips, without having to log into Metricly to see it. Saving and emailing this report follows the same method offered in our EC2 Recommendations report.

Send report immediately

Emails are a great way to quickly forward important reports to stakeholders.

View From Every Angle

This report offers many ways to view your overall cost data. You can group by AWS service, by day, week, month, tag, or attribute. A day view is shown below as example.

Overall cost data grouped by day

Overall cost data grouped by day

Export to CSV

Save results in CSV format by clicking Download beneath the report.

Use Prebuilt Dashboards

Dashboards are a great way to visualize multiple angles of your data. To access the AWS Total Cost Dashboard:

  1. Navigate to Dashboards.
  2. Input AWS Total Cost in the Name contains search bar.
  3. Click on the dashboard name to open it.

AWS Total Cost Dashboard

AWS Total Cost Dashboard

Finding the Report

The AWS Services Cost report is currently still in Beta. To enable it, follow these quick steps:

1. Hover over your email address and click on Beta.

New Features

The beta page is a great way to sneak-peek new features!

2. Click Try It under AWS Cost Services (Beta). Remember, for your tags to show up in your billing data, you must activate a regular tag to become a cost allocation tags inside your AWS console. Do this by following the instructions provided by AWS.

Step 2

Step 2: Click “Try It”

We hope you enjoy our new report and eagerly await feedback to continue improving our cost tools.

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