Cost Explorer: How to know which Usage Types go with which Usage Type Groups?


I'm trying to see VPC usage in Cost Explorer.

I've selected "USW2-VpcEndpoint-Bytes (GB)" as "Usage Type". Cost Explorer shows me the VPC total cost, but no usage (GB). I'm guessing it is because I need to select the appropriate "Usage Type Group" to go with it, but I don't know which one it is. If I guess multiple Usage Type Groups, then my VPC cost disappears (probably an invalid combination). And picking one at a time is very time consuming.

Is there a list of which Usage Type Groups are applicable for each Usage Type? I'm sure this is common knowledge for some people, but I'm not there yet. I have other usage types I'll want to analyze as well, but VPC is just the first I'm looking at.


asked a year ago1618 views
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Usage type groups are available for DynamoDB, Amazon EC2, ElastiCache, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon S3. Kindly refer the following documentation to get the list of available Usage Type Groups.

[+] AWS Cost Management - Filter and group options -

You can check the "BytesProcessed" metric in CloudWatch metrics that represents the number of bytes exchanged between endpoints and endpoint services, aggregated in both directions. This is the number of bytes billed to the owner of the endpoint. The bill displays this value in GB.

CloudWatch metrics - Endpoint metrics and dimensions -

To get in-detailed report of the usage, you can use the Cost and Usage (CUR) report and analyze the report using Athena query and QuickSight. Kindly refer following documentation to learn more.

[+] What are AWS Cost and Usage Reports?

[+] Understand AWS Data transfer details in depth from cost and usage report using Athena query and QuickSight

Let me know if you have any further queries. Thank you for your interest in re:Post community.

Best Regards, Ashish

answered a year ago

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