Organizations choose the cloud over large data centers for many reasons. Minimal upfront costs and its easy, pay-as-you-go operating model make the cloud affordable. The ease of resizing and repurposing the wide variety of available computing resources makes it a more flexible solution for long-term growth. However, despite these initial advantages, companies can still fall into a familiar trap post migration. As a result, your infrastructure costs may end up being higher than they need to be, so it is important to practice good housekeeping to gain the most advantage the pay as you go model. Fortunately, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and third party vendors offer an array of tools that can help you manage, analyze, forecast and optimize cloud infrastructure costs.