I kept a detailed list of all the things you needs to keep track of at https://github.com/kdeldycke/awesome-billing , and indeed, it's glorious.
Disclaimer: ex-AWS employee
Certain phrases like "Perl-Mason" will likely induce PTSD-like reactions in some unfortunate people.
Every day we'd use UUCP to copy billing-records from random-systems to a central host, running SCO Unixware. Then the daily "billing run" would total, reconcile, and massage the data.
The result of the processing would be a pile of CSV files which would then get further massaged by a collection of Perl scripts.
Days I definitely do not miss!
Getting a discount from a vendor if you commit to spend more over a period of years and signing long term contracts is standard practice.
And despite all of the cries of “lock-in” at a certain scale, you’re always for all practical purposes, “locked in” to your infrastructure. Very few decision makers want to take on a migration that’s not part of a merger. The rewards are too slim and the risk of regressions are too high.
Your article implies that the only way to see this info is to login to your was console but you can't assume everybody who would be interested in switching to aws now that you have this system has one or would bother to set one up to explore this feature. And I'm sure there does exist some public listing I'm just pointing out how better this could have been communicated.
This doesn’t show up for me when googling “AWS savings plan pricing”.
(Disclaimer, I work at OCI)
Source: Ex-AWS employee.
They should also create a marketplace for selling your remaining committed funds at a discount. That would be a REALLY bold, pro-customer move.
Maybe? It seems more "flexible" to me personally