AWS Billing Test

AWS Billing and Cost Management is the service that you use to pay your AWS bill, monitor your usage, and budget your costs.

When budgeting costs, this service also provides forecasts of your estimated costs. Using the AWS Billing test you can configure thresholds for this estimate for each service you subscribe to and also for a roll-up of estimated charges of all services. The test will then proactively alert you if the estimate is about to exceed your budget, and thus enable you to initiate measures for avoiding cost overruns.

Note:

The metrics of this test can be viewed for the 'us-east' region only. However, since this region stores Amazon CloudWatch metrics for worldwide estimated charges, the Estimated charges that this region reports for a service will be the consolidated charges for all regions that are using that particular service.

Target of the test: Amazon EC2 Cloud

Agent deploying the test: A remote agent

Output of the test: One set ofresults for each service subscribed in each AWS region

First-level descriptor: AWS Region

Second-level descriptor: ServiceName

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameter Description

Test Period

How often should the test be executed.

Host

The host for which the test is to be configured.

AWS Access Key, AWS Secret Key, Confirm AWS Access Key, Confirm AWS Secret Key

To monitor an Amazon EC2 instance, the eG agent has to be configured with the access key and secret key of a user with a valid AWS account. For this purpose, we recommend that you create a special user on the AWS cloud, obtain the access and secret keys of this user, and configure this test with these keys. The procedure for this has been detailed in the Obtaining an Access key and Secret key topic. Make sure you reconfirm the access and secret keys you provide here by retyping it in the corresponding Confirm text boxes.

Proxy Host and Proxy Port

In some environments, all communication with the AWS EC2 cloud and its regions could be routed through a proxy server. In such environments, you should make sure that the eG agent connects to the cloud via the proxy server and collects metrics. To enable metrics collection via a proxy, specify the IP address of the proxy server and the port at which the server listens against the Proxy Host and Proxy Port parameters. By default, these parameters are set to none , indicating that the eG agent is not configured to communicate via a proxy, by default.

Proxy User Name, Proxy Password, and Confirm Password

If the proxy server requires authentication, then, specify a valid proxy user name and password in the proxy user name and proxy password parameters, respectively. Then, confirm the password by retyping it in the CONFIRM PASSWORD text box. By default, these parameters are set to none, indicating that the proxy sever does not require authentication by default.

Proxy Domain and Proxy Workstation

If a Windows NTLM proxy is to be configured for use, then additionally, you will have to configure the Windows domain name and the Windows workstation name required for the same against the proxy domain and proxy workstation parameters. If the environment does not support a Windows NTLM proxy, set these parameters to none.

Exclude Region

Here, you can provide a comma-separated list of region names or patterns of region names that you do not want to monitor. For instance, to exclude regions with names that contain 'east' and 'west' from monitoring, your specification should be: *east*,*west*

DD Frequency

Refers to the frequency with which detailed diagnosis measures are to be generated for this test. The default is 1:1. This indicates that, by default, detailed measures will be generated every time this test runs, and also every time the test detects a problem. You can modify this frequency, if you so desire. Also, if you intend to disable the detailed diagnosis capability for this test, you can do so by specifying none against DD frequency.

Detailed Diagnosis

To make diagnosis more efficient and accurate, the eG Enterprise suite embeds an optional detailed diagnostic capability. With this capability, the eG agents can be configured to run detailed, more elaborate tests as and when specific problems are detected. To enable the detailed diagnosis capability of this test for a particular server, choose the On option. To disable the capability, click on the Off option.

The option to selectively enable/disable the detailed diagnosis capability will be available only if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • The eG manager license should allow the detailed diagnosis capability
  • Both the normal and abnormal frequencies configured for the detailed diagnosis measures should not be 0.

Measures reported by the test:

Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Estimated charges:

Indicates the estimated cost of this service across all regions that are using that service.

USD

Compare the value of this measure across services to know which service you will be spending the most on in the future.

You can be notified if cost estimations for a service exceed an acceptable limit, by configuring such a limit as a the maximum threshold for this measure for that service. Based on these alarms, you can set out to change how frequently you actually use that service, so as to reduce related overheads.

For the Total descriptor, this measure will report the total estimated charges across all services.