The Hub Commentary_
The pay-as-you-go model counts on customers over using without regard to usage thresholds, much like company provided mobile phones. Cloud providers make it easy to get started and even easier to over use. I commend Amazon for putting some basic thresholds and emails in place, but the responsibility to monitor and manage services resides with the customer.
The monitoring, management and security of services and workloads in the cloud are the responsibility of the customer to instrument. These are the hidden and unaccounted for costs of the cloud. That which sounds cheaper on the surface is rarely cheaper. Frustration levels are high and the race to the cloud is fast, beware of hidden costs.
It is the responsibility of the customer to manage the service provider, monitor and manage service quality, security and usage.
How are you managing your service provider?
Amazon Web Services users can now start receiving billing alerts that help them continuously monitor their cloud costs, the company said on Thursday.
One of the basic tenants of cloud services like those offered by Amazon is the pay-as-you-go model, where the eventual monthly bill will reflect actual usage. But when usage varies from hour to hour, it is always a good idea to log in to the AWS portal and check account activity on a regular basis, according to an Amazon blog post.