AWS cost optimization

Running your app in the cloud can rack up the costs quite significantly as the product grows. The good thing? Amazon Web Services (AWS) cost optimization can help you save money even when you scale up, if you know how to do it right!

aws cost optimization

What is AWS cost optimization?

AWS cost optimization is the process of adjusting software architecture and performance in such a way that it works better at a lower cost thanks to a more effective use of cloud storage and computing. You can achieve this by simplifying workflows, reducing resource usage, and choosing the right tools for the work – among other things!

what is aws cost optimization

Why do I need this?

  • lower costs

    Lower costs

    Naturally, effective cost optimization means lower AWS bills! We know this is especially important for startups and small companies with tight budgets. You can reinvest these savings in other areas of your business.

  • scalability


    Cost optimization is equally important for companies that are scaling up, as the expenses can hike rapidly then. Right-sizing and auto-scaling resources are crucial for keeping these costs under control without compromising user experience.

  • predictability


    In inexperienced developers’ hands, cloud services can be somewhat unpredictable. When you monitor your resource use and proactively manage your expenses, very little can surprise you and you will avoid the dreaded cost spikes.

  • efficiency


    While improving operational efficiency isn’t necessarily the goal of AWS cost optimization, it’s both a necessary and desirable byproduct. By adjusting resources and streamlining processes you not only lower the costs, but also improve the way your team works.

  • competitive advantage

    Competitive advantage

    Keeping your expenses low allows you to keep your prices low as well, making your product more attractive to clients.

Our clients lowered their costs by up to 38%

How did they do that?

  • client A: 37% after optimizing long-running tasks
  • client B: 38% lower costs with resource integration

How to achieve that?

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    Pick the right size

    The biggest advantage of the cloud is that you don’t have to own physical servers and therefore you have the flexibility of choosing and changing what instance type (i.e. server resources) you need. Use this to your advantage and adjust your instances to avoid overprovisioning.

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    Monitor your expenses

    Set up your budget and alerts to notify you when you’re going to exceed it. Also, check your AWS usage and spending regularly to determine which expenses are high and need to be addressed first. You can do that using AWS Cost Explorer or third-party tools.

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    Clean up your storage

    Reviewing and deleting unnecessary data is one proven way of optimizing your AWS costs. But for the data that remains, it is equally important to choose storage classes that match your needs with regards to availability and durability.

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    Use reserved instances

    If you know that your workload will be steady over time and you’re certain when they will be used, consider committing to reserved instances, as opposed to on-demand ones. They can be significantly less expensive (up to 72% according to AWS themselves) and ensure your bill remains the same.

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    Or spot instances

    If your workload is not so predictable, you can still optimize your AWS costs with spot instances. Although they’re very unreliable, they can still be used for non-critical and interruptible tasks, and they sell for pennies on the dollar compared to on-demand pricing!

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    Choose a trusted partner

    You don’t have to know all these things or do them yourself – you can always rely on third-party tools or, even better, on services from companies like Gorrion! We can analyze your expenses, provide recommendations, and implement changes that will save you some bucks!

How to go about it

  • DIY it

    If you have an experienced development team on board, nothing is stopping you from optimizing AWS costs today on your own! There are plenty of tutorials (even from AWS themselves!) and case studies you can use for reference.

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  • Use dedicated tools

    You can also leverage cost optimization tools from AWS (such as AWS Cost Explorer, AWS Budgets) or third-party providers. They’ll give you advanced analytics, recommendations, and automations that can help you better manage your AWS costs.

    Use dedicated tools
  • Hire experts

    If you don’t have access to the right resources or knowledge, leave it to experts like us! We have the expertise gained from hundreds of successful projects, certified AWS experts, and access to tools for AWS cost optimization. 

    Hire experts

Frequently asked questions

What is cloud cost optimization?
Cloud cost optimization is about saving on your cloud expenses without losing on performance. By optimizing things like computing power, storage, and data transfer needed, you can also significantly lower the cost of cloud services like AWS.
Why do I need cloud cost optimization?
Since cloud services are normally offered in a pay-as-you-go model, they can be quite unpredictable cost-wise. However, just as you can overspend if you don’t know what you’re billed for, you can also save up a lot if you do know your stuff. That’s why it’s important not to take your cloud costs at face value and always look for ways to optimize them.
What are the best practices for cloud optimization?
There are many ways in which you can optimize your cloud spending. Some of these include: rightsizing instances, optimizing storage, and monitoring usage.
Remember, however, that cloud optimization is very case-specific! If you’re unsure if and how you can lower your expenses, get in touch with experts like Gorrion who will help you find the best way to save money without affecting your app’s performance.

Why choose us

AWS experts

We don’t believe in jacks of all trades, which is why – unlike many other companies – we specialize only in AWS cloud development and have certified AWS cloud solutions architects on board.

Experienced team

With over 200+ projects under our belt, we’re experienced in building products from the ground up, improving existing software, and optimizing costs for many clients.


What we will do

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    Expenses analysis

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