Monitor for Underutilized AWS Resources to Optimize Cost

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In this lesson, we explain how to monitor for underutilized and idle resources within AWS to reduce your overall spend.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the AWS services that can help you monitor for underutilized resources, such as AWS Compute Optimizer, AWS Cost Explorer, and Trusted Advisor 
  • You will also understand the benefits, use cases, and advantages of each of these services

Intended Audience

  • Those that are looking to more easily detect AWS resources that are idle or underutilized, specifically compute and storage resources
  • Those looking for ways to reduce their bill and better govern their infrastructure


To get the most from this lesson, you should have a good understanding of the fundamental services in AWS, such as EC2, Lambda, S3, EBS, and CloudWatch. For more information on these services, check out the following lessons titled: 


About the Author
Alana Layton, opens in a new tab
Sr. AWS Content Creator
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Alana Layton is an experienced technical trainer, technical content developer, and cloud engineer living out of Seattle, Washington. Her career has included teaching about AWS all over the world, creating AWS content that is fun, and working in consulting. She currently holds six AWS certifications. Outside of Cloud Academy, you can find her testing her knowledge in bar trivia, reading, or training for a marathon.

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