Using CloudWatch Billing Alarms to Manage Costs

30 minutes
  • 2 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

We just migrated our site into the AWS cloud. We need to create a billing alarm for expected usage and make sure that we receive a notification if that alarm is triggered. We’ll need to create a dashboard that breaks down the expected cost of each service we are using. We will test our notification by adjusting the amount that triggers the alarm. Then, we’ll create an SNS topic and subscribe to it through the CloudWatch billing alarm. We will create our billing dashboard and set up our widgets per service. Finally, we will test our alarm by adjusting our amount that triggers it.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Create an SNS Topic and Billing Alarm

We will create an SNS topic and then subscribe to that topic when we create and configure our billing alarm in CloudWatch.

Create a Dashboard and Test the Alarm

We will create our dashboard to break down our expected charges by service and then test out our alarm by adjusting the amount that triggers it.

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Lab Setup

Log in to the AWS Management Console using the credentials provided on the lab instructions page. Make sure you're using the us-east-1 Region.

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