If you want to project the cost of cloud computing with Amazon Web Services, you can do so with the AWS Simple Monthly Calculator. By entering some values of your expected usage, you can estimate how much AWS will bill you each month. Below is a short tutorial on how to use it.
How to Project Monthly Costs
Follow this link to the Simple Monthly Calculator. You will see two tabs: Services and Estimate your Monthly Bill.
On the Services tab, select your region on the dropdown box. This will show you what services are available for your location. On the left hand side, you will find a menu of these services.
Select the ones you are interested in and start entering your usage estimates. For example, in Amazon EC2, you should enter the number of instances you want to use, select the operating system, and lastly, the billing option. You can also input values for Elastic Block Storage, Elastic IP, Data Transfer, and Load Balancing.
As you input usage numbers, you will notice that the total monthly amount appears on the Estimate your Monthly Bill tab. Clicking on this tab will provide a breakdown of your costs so far, segregating monthly from one-time costs. Clicking on each line item will bring you back that service’s form so you may review your input.
If you want a guide for your estimates, look the right hand side and you’ll find a Common Customer Samples menu, containing templates for a free website, a marketing website, a disaster recovery backup, and so on. Click on them to find estimates for these items.
Finally, you can save your estimates and share them with others. Once you are done, go to the Estimate tab and click on the Save and Share button.
The video below will show you even more details on how to use this simple yet powerful tool. If you want to learn how to effectively use AWS cloud computing as your IT strategy, please check out our Polarseven services page.
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