AWS Cost Optimization Deep Dive

By Jess Alvarez

This course is designed to present a deeper understanding of the Cost Optimization Pillar of the AWS Well-Architected Framework.

1 hour
  • 45 Lessons
  • 8 Hands-On Labs
  • 6 Course Quizzes

About the course

What is cost optimization? How can you ensure your environment is not costing you more than it should?

AWS has many cost-effective compute services and pricing options that give you the ability to effectively manage your costs while still maintaining high performance and complete capacity needs to meet all of your business requirements.

In this course, we are going to dive deep into the 5 design principles of cost optimization, which include Practice Cloud Financial Management, Expenditure and Usage Awareness, Cost-Effective Resources, Manage Demand and Supply, and Optimize Over Time. We will cover how to use AWS tools and services to ensure costs are optimized and allow for growth as your use case demands evolve. Use the hands-on labs to practice using those ideas and services, and test your knowledge as you go with a quiz at the end of each section.

This course requires an understanding of AWS services and features. If you have 1 or more years of hands-on experience in AWS, have your AWS Cloud Practitioner certification, and are interested in furthering your AWS career in either an Operations or an Architect-related path, this course is perfect for you! See you there, Gurus!

  • Chapter 1 1 Lesson Getting Started 2:39

    Course Introduction

    2:39
  • Chapter 2 5 Lessons What Is Cost Optimization? 31:50

    Section Overview

    2:00

    Working with AWS and Cost Optimization

    3:09

    Reviewing the 5 Design Principles of Cost Optimization

    9:59

    Section Review

    1:42

    QUIZ: What is Cost Optimization?

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 3 7 Lessons Practicing Cloud Financial Management 46:49

    Section Overview

    2:18

    Getting Started and Staying in the Know!

    5:10

    Budgeting and Reporting Costs in AWS

    10:11

    Quantifying Business Value

    6:26

    Demo: Exploring Cost Explorer

    6:03

    Section Review

    1:41

    Quiz: Cloud Financial Management

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 4 10 Lessons Expenditure and Usage Awareness 2:08:32

    Section Overview

    2:30

    Using AWS Organizations, IAM, and AWS Control Tower

    6:35

    Using Tags to Monitor and Maintain Costs

    7:11

    Meeting QuickSight, S3 Storage Lens and Analytics, and Cost Categories

    7:41

    Strategizing Costs with Auto Scaling and Instance Scheduler

    14:02

    Curbing Costs Using an Auto Scaling Group

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Optimizing Costs Using the Instance Scheduler

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Examining AWS Backup

    13:48

    Section Review

    1:45

    QUIZ: Learning Various Pricing Models

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 5 14 Lessons Cost-Effective Resources 3:43:30

    Section Overview

    3:15

    Evaluating Your Needs Using AWS

    15:01

    Reviewing Managed Services

    6:20

    Using ElastiCache to Improve DynamoDB Performance and Cut Costs

    45:00 Hands-On Lab

    Summarizing Serverless Options

    8:43

    Optimizing Instance Costs

    10:36

    Using S3 Effectively to Optimize Costs

    9:24

    Creating an S3 Lifecycle Policy to Optimize Costs

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Estimating Costs of CloudFront Workloads Using the AWS Pricing Calculator

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Pricing Models and You

    6:40

    Optimizing Your Network Costs for Data Transferring

    10:38

    Update Your Network to Optimize Costs

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Section Review

    2:53

    Quiz: Cost Effective Resources

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 6 6 Lessons Manage Demand and Supply Resources 43:40

    Section Overview

    1:17

    Throttling vs. Buffer-Based Demand

    5:24

    Optimizing SQS Usage to Cut Costs

    15:00 Hands-On Lab

    Determining Which Supply Base to Use

    5:48

    Section Review

    1:11

    Quiz: Manage Demand and Supply Resources

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 7 6 Lessons Optimizing Over Time 1:05:57

    Section Overview

    1:24

    Diving into CloudWatch and CloudTrail

    10:07

    Using CloudWatch Billing Alarms to Manage Costs

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Leveraging Trusted Advisor and Config

    8:09

    Section Review

    1:17

    Quiz: Optimizing Over Time

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 8 2 Lessons Conclusion 3:51

    Course Review and Congrats!

    2:11

    What’s Next?

    1:40

What are Hands-on Labs

What's the difference between theoretical knowledge and real skills? Practical real-world experience. That's where Hands-on Labs come in! Hands-on Labs are guided, interactive experiences that help you learn and practice real-world scenarios in real cloud environments. Hands-on Labs are seamlessly integrated in courses, so you can learn by doing.

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