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Table of contents
1.
Introduction
2.
AWS Budgets
3.
Creating an AWS Budget
4.
Viewing an AWS Budget
5.
Editing an AWS Budget
6.
Deleting an AWS Budget
7.
Downloading an AWS Budget
8.
Reporting AWS Budget Metric with Budget Report
9.
Security in AWS Cost Management
10.
Frequently Asked Questions 
10.1.
What is the AWS budget?
10.2.
What data is listed with budgets on the dashboard?
10.3.
What information is included on the page when you choose a budget?
10.4.
How can we edit our AWS budget report?
10.5.
How can we delete our AWS budget report?
11.
Conclusion
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AWS Budgets

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Introduction

This blog is helpful for you as it will cover what AWS budgets are. We will go through the topics like creating, viewing, editing, deleting, and downloading. 

Furthermore, we will see what reporting your budget metrics with budget reports and Security in AWS Cost Management are.

AWS Budgets

Set up custom budgets, stay informed of your cost and usage progress, and quickly respond when usage limit or cost exceeds a threshold.

AWS Budgets allows setting custom budgets to track your cost and usage from fundamental to complex use cases. When usage limit or cost exceeds a threshold or when your actual RI and Savings Plans' utilization or coverage drops below your desired threshold, you can be alerted by email or SMS notification with AWS budgets if you choose so. You can configure specific actions with AWS budget actions when your usage limit or cost exceeds a threshold. That action will automatically/with your approval be implemented when the same happens.

Other services that AWS provides are -

  • AWS Cost Explorer
  • AWS Chatbot
  • AWS Service Catalog
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Creating an AWS Budget

For tracking and taking action on your costs and usage, you can create budgets. You can also create a budget for tracking your aggregate Reserved Instance (RI) and coverage and Savings Plans utilization.

AWS budgets provide a cost explorer graph to help you see your incurred usage and cost when you create a budget. This graph is blank if you didn't use Cost Explorer,  and when you start to create your first budget, AWS Budgets enables Cost Explorer. Without enabling cost explorere also, you can create your budget. When AWS budgets enable the cost to explore, it takes 24 hours to display this graph.

The accounts that can create budgets are -

  • Single accounts
  • The management account 
  • Member accounts in an AWS Organizations


Types of budgets you can create are -

  • Cost budget
    These budgets are based on your costs.
  • Usage budget
    These budgets are based on your usage.
  • Savings Plans budget
    These budgets are specifically for ‘Savings Plans utilization’ or ‘coverage’.
  • Reservation budget
    These budgets are based on your RI utilization or coverage.

Viewing an AWS Budget

You can view your Budget's state at a glance on the budget dashboard. 

For viewing a budget, you need to follow the below-given steps -

  1. Sign in to the AWS management console. After that, open the AWS Cost Management console at AWS Cost Management.
  2. Choose budgets on the navigation bar. 
  3. Choose the Budget in the budget list to see the cost variance and filters of your Budget chosen.

Editing an AWS Budget

For editing a budget, you need to follow the below-given steps -

  1. Sign in to the AWS management console. After that, open the AWS Cost Management console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/cost-management/home.
  2. Choose budgets on the navigation bar. 
  3. From the lists of budgets on the budgets page, choose the budget that you want to edit.
  4. Choose the edit option.
  5. Then change the budget parameter you wish to edit, but you can't change the budget name.
  6. Choose next after making changes on each page.
  7. At last, choose the save option.

Deleting an AWS Budget

Deleting your budget and associated Amazon SMS or email notification at any time is an option given by AWS budgets. But you can’t recover your deleted AWS budget. All email notifications and subscribers associated with the deleted budget get deleted when you delete one of AWS's budgets.

For deleting a budget, you need to follow the below-given steps -

  1. Sign in to the AWS management console. After that, open the AWS Cost Management console at AWS Cost Management.
  2. Choose Budgets on the navigation bar.
  3. Select the budgets or budget you want to delete from the list of budgets.
  4. Choose actions at the top of the page and then choose the delete option to delete the selected AWS budgets.
  5. Choose Confirm.

Downloading an AWS Budget

As a CSV (comma-separated values) file, you can also download your budgets. All the data about your budgets are included in the files, such as Budget Name, Current Value, Budgeted Value, Forecasted Value, and more.

For downloading a budget, you need to follow the below-given steps -

  1. Sign in to the AWS management console. After that, open the AWS Cost Management console at AWS Cost Management.
  2. Choose ‘Budgets’ on the navigation bar.
  3. Now you can choose the ‘Download CSV’ option.
  4. You can now open and save your file.

Reporting AWS Budget Metric with Budget Report

For monitoring the performance of your existing budgets on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis and delivering the report to 50 email addresses, you can configure a report with AWS budgets. Also, you can create up to 50 reports for each AWS organizations' management account or standalone account. The cost of each budget report is $.01 USD for every delivered report, regardless of the number of recipients receiving the report.

If you are using consolidated billing in an organization and you own the management account, then to control access to budgets by member accounts, you can use IAM (Identity and access management ) policies. By default, owners of member accounts are allowed to create their budgets but can't create or edit budgets for other users. You can use IAM for allowing users in a member account to create, delete, edit, or read the budget for your management account.

You can do the following with your AWS budget report-

  • Creating an AWS Budget report
  • Editing an AWS Budget report
  • Copying an AWS Budget report
  • Deleting an AWS Budget report

Security in AWS Cost Management

The highest priority at AWS is security. As an AWS customer, you are benefited from a network architecture and data center built to meet the needs of the most security-sensitive organizations.

  • Security of the cloud 
    The responsibility of protecting the infrastructure that runs AWS services in the AWS cloud is given to AWS. You are also provided with services that are secured. As part of the AWS Compliance Programs, third-party auditors regularly test and verify the effectiveness of AWS security.
     
  • Security in the cloud 
    The AWS services that you use are your responsibility. You are also responsible for other factors given below:
    Your data
    - Your company's requirements
    - Applicable laws and regulations

    For meeting your security and compliance objectives, you can configure Billing and Cost Management by:
    - Data protection in AWS Cost Management
    - Identity and Access Management for AWS Cost Management
    - Logging and monitoring in AWS Cost Management
    - Compliance validation for AWS Cost Management
    - Resilience in AWS Cost Management
    - Infrastructure security in AWS Cost Management

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the AWS budget?

AWS Budgets allows setting custom budgets to track your cost and usage from fundamental to complex use cases.

What data is listed with budgets on the dashboard?

The following will be shown along with your Budgets that are listed on the Budget's dashboard -

  • During the budget period, usage is incurred for a budget and your current costs.
  • Your use for the budget period or budgeted costs.
  • Your forecasted usage or charges for the budget period.
  • A percentage that shows uses compared to your budgeted amount or your costs.
  • A ratio delivers your forecasted costs or uses compared to your budgeted amount.

What information is included on the page when you choose a budget?

The following details are retained on the page -

  • Current vs. budgeted 
  • Forecasted vs. budgeted
  • Alerts
  • Details
  • Budget history

How can we edit our AWS budget report?

For editing a budget, you need to follow the below-given steps -

  1. Sign in to the AWS management console. After that, open the AWS Cost Management console.
  2. Choose the Budgets report on the navigation bar.
  3. Choose the report that you want to edit.
  4. Change the parameters you want to edit on the edit budget report page.
  5. Now click on the Save button.

How can we delete our AWS budget report?

For deleting a budget, you need to follow the below-given steps -

  1. Sign in to the AWS management console. After that, open the AWS Cost Management console.
  2. Choose the Budgets report on the navigation bar.
  3. Choose the report that you want to delete.
  4. Choose the actions to option at the top of the page and then choose the delete option.
  5. Now click on the confirm.

Conclusion

In this blog, we learnt what AWS budgets are. We went through the topics like creating, viewing, editing, deleting, and downloading. Furthermore, we saw what reporting your budget metrics with budget reports and Security in AWS Cost Management are and if you would like to learn more, check out our articles on Introduction to AWS and Amazon Honeycode.

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