AWS venting 

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AWS venting 


I keep hearing things like this about AWS. But most months I get a < $2 bill, and even when I was relentlessly testing deployment over and over again, I ran up about $12 for that month.

Now, that's JUST using S3 storage from AWS -- the rest was Digital Ocean stuff (usually about $20, though I've been spending more in testing).

What does one have to be doing to get these scary surprise bills? Because I really can't afford that, and I would like to avoid doing it!

AWS venting 

Simple things like setting up NAT cost ~$.05/hr[$35/mo]. Not terrible, but easy to miss.

The real scary bit is that I have a job I wish to run on a GPU instance. It takes ~2 mins to run each day with a compute cost of $0.526/hr. Ok so far. That is, if the autoscaling group perfectly. If, for some minor reason, it does not scale down and leaves the GPU instance running boom $378 at the end of the month. The product line is littered with these hidden mines.

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