AWS Cloud Practitioner: AWS Cost Management

In this short series, I outline the notes that I took while preparing for the AWS Cloud Practitioner exam.

These are my personal notes that I have made while working through the A Cloud Guru exam practitioner course. They are in no way official notes from AWS.

I would advise you that if you do use my notes to help you revise for this exam, that you use them as a supplement to the most recent information in the White PapersExam Guide and go over your knowledge with practice exam papers.

Previous notes within this blog series:

AWS Cost Management

Support Plans 


  • Free
  • Customer Service for account and billing questions
  • AWS Community Forums access


  • From $29/month
  • Experimenting with AWS
  • Primary contact for technical questions via Support Center
  • Response within 12 – 24 hours during business hours


  • From $100/month
  • Production use of AWS
  • 24 x 7 support via phone and chat
  • 1 hour response to urgent support cases and third party software
  • AWS trusted advisor for optimising your AWS infrastructure
  • Access to AWS support API for automating your support cases


  • From $15,000/month
  • All the business features and,
  • Mission critical use of AWS
  • All features of Business plan
  • Technical account manager (TAM)
  • Support Concierge providing billing and account analysis and assistance
  • Access to Infrastructure Event Management for support launches and migrations
  • 15 minute response to critical support cases

It’s important to understand the different support package and which scale on usage.

Billing Alerts and Alarms

Alerts and alarms can be set up to notify you when you have reached a specific usage cost in your AWS account. It’s a notification that you will receive automatically when a certain level of AWS spend has been reached. This can be set up globally in your AWS account in the Billing & Cost Management Dashboard and region specific in the CloudWatch service.

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