How to effectively monitor and detect costly resources in AWS can be a big challenge to any enterprise. AWS provides a powerful and flexible computing environment, but sometimes the big cost numbers on the billing report can be a surprise. For example, imagine the cloud admin see the expensive r5.4xlarge instance record on the current month’s billing report:
The admin will go to the AWS EC2 management console and look for the r5.4xlarge instances. Surprisingly, there are no currently running EC2 instances with this type:
Therefore, those r5.4xlarge instances must have been terminated. In order to trace back those instances, the admin probably needs to dig into the AWS CloudTrail events to search for all instance creation/termination events or CloudWatch logs to look at the previous instances’ running metrics. However, CloudTrail and CloudWatch typically store a huge amount of data, and it will be very time-consuming to manually look through all the data to get these instances.
A better and more efficient solution? Lucidum! Lucidum is an asset discovery platform that eliminates blind spots across cloud, security, and IT operations. Lucidum applies its patent-pending machine learning to discover, triangulate, and identify all assets — even previously unknown unknowns — delivering visibility essential to truly secure, manage, and transform your enterprise. Let’s see how to quickly pinpoint these costly instances with a simple query on the Lucidum UI:
As shown in the picture, the cloud admin can now easily search for:
Boom! In a few minutes, the Lucidum UI will present a detailed report to the cloud admin on the costly r5.4xlarge instances, even these instances do not exist anymore! Below is an example report from the query:
|Asset||Account ID||First Time Seen||IP Address||Idle Instance (yes/no)||Instance Name||Last Time Seen||Monthly Cost (US Dollar)||Region||User Name|
|I-02F613ED925D8C9ED||1234567890||2021/4/1 18:54||[172.16.200.208]||Yes||test-ec2-v2||2021/4/5 8:08||806||us-west-1||MIKE|
|I-063E751ACE2884BD1||1234567890||2021/3/31 18:48||[172.16.200.208]||Yes||test-ec2-v1||2021/4/1 8:10||806||us-west-1||MIKE|
|I-0F896BCC57DAE45B1||1234567890||2021/3/22 17:48||[184.108.40.206, 172.16.50.23]||No||test-ec2-v0||2021/3/25 8:14||806||us-west-1||JOHN|
From the report, the cloud admin can quickly find the instances with a lot of contextual information, such as:
The cloud admin can then take some immediate actions to reduce the operating costs, such as:
With Lucidum, managing and controlling your cloud environment will no longer be a difficult job. Lucidum provides complete asset visibility, identifies and connects all users, assets, physical locations, and org structures to enable the complete and accurate history of all users, assets, and IP addresses. Better asset discovery, smarter cost management, and safer environment.
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