What is AWS Cost Explorer: Optimize Your Cloud Costs

Nov 14, 2023

In the dynamic world of cloud computing, managing costs effectively is crucial for startups and established businesses alike. AWS Cost Explorer is a powerful tool designed to provide deep insights into your AWS spending, enabling you to make informed decisions and optimize your costs. Cloudvisor, as an advanced-tier AWS partner, understands the importance of cost management and offers comprehensive support to help you navigate and utilize AWS Cost Explorer effectively.

What is AWS Cost Explorer?

AWS Cost Explorer is an intuitive and detailed tool that allows users to visualize, understand, and manage their AWS costs and usage over time. With its user-friendly interface, it provides a comprehensive view of your AWS spending, making it easier to identify trends, pinpoint cost drivers, and uncover cost-saving opportunities.

Key Features of AWS Cost Explorer

  1. Detailed Cost and Usage Analysis: AWS Cost Explorer offers a granular view of your costs and usage, allowing you to break down your spending by various dimensions such as service, region, account, and more.
  2. Customizable Reports: You can create custom reports tailored to your specific needs, helping you focus on the aspects of your spending that matter most to your business.
  3. Cost Forecasting: AWS Cost Explorer can predict your future AWS costs based on historical usage patterns, enabling you to budget more effectively.
  4. Reserved Instance Recommendations: It provides recommendations for purchasing Reserved Instances, which can lead to significant cost savings.
  5. API Access: For more advanced users, AWS Cost Explorer API allows programmatic access to your cost and usage data, enabling integration with custom applications or third-party tools.

How AWS Cost Explorer Benefits Startups

Startups, in particular, can benefit immensely from AWS Cost Explorer, especially when combined with the comprehensive support and services offered by Cloudvisor. Here’s how:

  1. Budget Management: For startups where every dollar counts, AWS Cost Explorer helps in setting and adhering to budgets. It provides a clear view of current and projected expenses, enabling startups to manage their funds more effectively.
  2. Cost Optimization: By identifying underutilized resources, startups can optimize their AWS usage, ensuring they only pay for what they need. AWS Cost Explorer’s detailed analysis helps in pinpointing areas where costs can be reduced without impacting performance.
  3. Strategic Planning: With forecasting capabilities, startups can plan their infrastructure growth in line with their budget constraints. AWS Cost Explorer’s predictive analytics aid in making informed decisions about scaling up or down.
  4. Cost-Efficiency and Flexibility: AWS provides a pay-as-you-go model, allowing startups to pay only for the resources they consume. This flexibility is crucial for startups that need to adapt quickly to changing market demands.
  5. Technical Expertise and Support: Startups might lack the in-house expertise to manage complex infrastructure. This is where Cloudvisor steps in, offering free consultations and guidance along every step of your cloud journey, ensuring that you make the most out of AWS Cost Explorer and other AWS services.
  6. Free AWS Credits: To help your startup grow and scale on AWS, Cloudvisor is proud to provide free AWS credits and guide you through the AWS Activate program, where you can get up to $100,000 in AWS Credits.
  7. Scaling and Growing with AWS and Cloudvisor: As an official AWS Partner, Cloudvisor helps startups get the most out of AWS for less money spent through the AWS Resell program. Startups receive immediate discounts on AWS spend, along with free Cost Optimization and Well-Architected Reviews conducted by professional engineers.

By leveraging AWS Cost Explorer and Cloudvisor’s expertise, startups can unlock the full potential of AWS, ensuring cost-efficiency, scalability, and growth. Learn more about how Cloudvisor empowers startups on their AWS journey here.

Integrating AWS Cost Explorer with Cloudvisor’s Offerings

As an AWS partner, Cloudvisor integrates AWS Cost Explorer into its suite of services, providing startups with:

  1. Expert Analysis: Our team helps interpret AWS Cost Explorer data, providing actionable insights for cost optimization.
  2. Custom Solutions: We tailor AWS solutions, including cost management strategies, to fit the unique needs of each startup.
  3. Ongoing Support: Our experts offer continuous support, helping startups adapt their AWS usage as they grow.


Is AWS Cost Explorer free to use?

Yes, AWS Cost Explorer is available at no additional cost for AWS users.

How often is the data in AWS Cost Explorer updated?

The data in AWS Cost Explorer is updated daily, providing you with up-to-date information.

Can I set alerts for budget overruns in AWS Cost Explorer?

Yes, you can set up alerts to notify you when your spending exceeds predefined thresholds.


AWS Cost Explorer is an indispensable tool for startups and businesses looking to optimize their AWS spending. With Cloudvisor’s expertise and support, leveraging AWS Cost Explorer becomes a strategic advantage, enabling smarter decisions and more efficient cloud cost management.

For a deeper dive into AWS Cost Explorer and how to optimize your costs, visit our AWS Cost Explorer Guide and learn about the differences between AWS Pricing Calculator and Cost Explorer.

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