AWS Savings Plan recommendations


How to find out if my savings plan is for payers account or linked account? Our current Compute savings plan is for 3 years with no upfront and a commitment of $5.06600/hour. few details: "accountName","type","region","instanceFamily","purchaseOption","totalHourlyCommitment","upfrontCost","status" "AWS Production","Compute","Any","","No Upfront","5.066","0","Active"

original plan for 3 years: linked account( assuming it as linked account as i'm not sure) Active plans (MTD)- Compute1 Commitment (MTD)- $1,823.76 Utilization (MTD)- 96% Savings (MTD)- $1,488

recommended plan for 1 year: payer account You could save an estimated $35 monthly by purchasing the recommended Compute Savings Plan. Based on your past 30 days of usage, we recommend purchasing 1 Savings Plan with a total commitment of $0.718/hour for a 1-year term. With this commitment, we project that you could save an average of $0.05/hour - representing a 1% savings compared to On-Demand. To account for variable usage patterns, this recommendation maximizes your savings by leaving an average $3.74/hour of On-Demand spend. Recommendations require up to 24 hours to update after a purchase.

Below is the comparision and please let me know which one is better

Here is a comparison of the two plans:

Account Type:

  • Original Plan: Linked Account
  • Recommended Plan: Payer Account


  • Original Plan: Compute1
  • Recommended Plan: Compute1


  • Original Plan: 3
  • Recommended Plan: 1

Commitment (MTD):

  • Original Plan: $1,823.76/MTD
  • Recommended Plan: $0.718/hour

Utilization (MTD):

  • Original Plan: 96%
  • Recommended Plan: N/A

Savings (MTD):

  • Original Plan: $1,488
  • Recommended Plan: $35/month

Savings Rate:

  • Original Plan: 13%
  • Recommended Plan: 1%

On-Demand Spend:

  • Original Plan: $1.96/hour
  • Recommended Plan: $3.74/hour

**additional info: ** all my org aws accounts is paid in aws production account itself.

I can see only one percent savings but why would recommendations suggest that?explain.How to find out if my current savings plan is for payers account or linked account?

Another doubt: I'm having 3 aws accounts production, uat, stage in production when i'm trying to select linked account option in recommendations it's showing plan details with commitment amount for rest of the two accounts. If i buy that plan will it apply to production or other two accounts?

2 Answers

This document- can help you understanding better on choosing the plan.

answered 7 months ago

Hi! Your comparison between the original and recommended savings plans presents some clear insights. The original plan offers a notably higher rate of savings at 13% in comparison to the 1% from the recommended plan. Furthermore, the utilization of your original plan stands commendably high at 96%. This indicates that you're efficiently utilizing most of the commitment you've previously made. Given the longer duration and higher savings rate of the original plan, it appears to be the superior choice based on the information you provided.

The AWS Savings Plan recommendations derive from your most recent usage, which typically spans the past 30 days. If there's been a fluctuation in your usage during this period that differs from your broader historical pattern, the recommendation might appear less fitting. This recent recommendation may also be highlighting more immediate fluctuations in your usage that haven't been considered in your broader evaluation. Moreover, this recommendation is targeting the payer account for a 1-year term. Such a term might offer greater flexibility and differ in its applicability compared to a 3-year term plan associated with a linked account.

Determining whether your current savings plan is dedicated to the payer's account or a linked account can be achieved via the AWS Cost Explorer in the AWS Management Console. Once there, by selecting "Savings Plans" on the sidebar, you'll be able to review your list of savings plans and the AWS account number associated with each. If the number matches that of the payer account, then the savings plan is explicitly for that. Otherwise, it's associated with one of the linked accounts. As a root user, or if you possess the necessary permissions on the payer account, you'll have visibility into all savings plans across all accounts within the AWS Organizations.

Your observation regarding the recommendation for the linked account raises a valid consideration. Essentially, the benefits of a Savings Plan apply primarily to the account in which it's purchased. However, it can extend its benefits to other linked accounts based on the specific type and settings of the Savings Plan. AWS starts by applying the benefit to the account that owns the Savings Plan. Should that account not exhaust the entire commitment, AWS will extend the benefit to the usage in other accounts. Therefore, if you decide to invest in the plan for the production account, its benefits will prioritize the production account's usage. Any remaining commitment can then be redistributed to the UAT and stage accounts.

In conclusion, based on the presented data, the original 3-year plan seems to be more cost-effective. However, before finalizing any decisions, it's pivotal to consider any imminent changes in your workload that could impact your AWS usage. The AWS Cost Explorer's usage forecasts can be invaluable in this regard, providing clearer insights into future requirements.

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