UPDATE: We’ve launched an interactive version of the cheat sheet – check it out here
I get asked about Amazon Web Services pricing literally every day. I suppose it’s a factor of the job I’m in! The AWS Simple Calculator should come with a health warning for anyone who is not already an AWS expert, and the EC2 Pricing page is a resource I personally go to a lot, but it’s not a quick reference. We do a good job in CloudVertical (signup for a free trial) of helping Cloud users understand their costs but in terms of just putting together basic, high-level indicative costs for a solution – there isn’t really a simple ‘at a glance’ solution. We do TCO (total cost of ownership) models for customers all the time, and we may launch a public, automated ‘shopping cart style’ TCO and Cloud On-Ramp Calculator in the near future (hint!), but in the mean time, here’s a cheat sheet (PDF) I put together to help with basic, quick, cursory AWS pricing.
A few of the questions it aims to answer at-a-glance:
- How much is storage?
- How much does an instance cost for a month?
- What instance has about 7GB of RAM?
- What’s the difference in cost between regions?
- How much is data transfer?
- How many hours are in a month? How many in a year?
- What percentage saving could I get if I bought reserved instances?
- Sample Deployments – 1 Web Server, 1 DB Server + expected norms for associated costs; 2 Web Servers, 4 backend Servers; Multi-AZ/Region SMALL and LARGE deployment
- Reserved Instances – % of Annual Cost in Upfront Investment, % Hourly Discount (amortized and not), Time Period for Return on Investment.
- Spot Instances – Average Spot Instance price per instance and % Saving.
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