Posted On: Oct 22, 2020

Starting today, Amazon Web Services Cost Categories is available in Amazon Web Services China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD, and in Amazon Web Services China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet. With Amazon Web Services Cost Categories, you can now categorize your cost and usage information precisely to your organizational structure and cost allocation needs such as teams, cost centers, geography, applications, and more. Using Cost Categories, you can create these unique categories and then write rules on which costs belong to each group. After defining your unique category, you can view, track, and optimize costs using Cost Categories in the Amazon Cost Management suite of products such as Amazon Cost Explorer, Amazon Budgets, and Amazon Cost and Usage Report (‘CUR’).  

Cost Categories allows you to map your costs through the categorization rule builder. You can use Amazon Web Services Cost Categories rule builder, JSON editor, or API to write category rules so that a group of accounts are categorized as a unique unit. Now, instead of filtering for multiple accounts in Cost Explorer, Budgets, and the CUR, you can simply filter by the single business unit to monitor its spend.  

To categorize your costs, you can use a number of filtering dimensions and operations. You can filter by accounts, tags, services, and charge types, so that you map your costs based on your needs. Additionally, the rule builder allows you to use “Is, Is not, Contains, Starts With, and Ends With” operations so that you can more flexibly categories your costs. Once you have created your cost categories and their respective values, you can view them across your Amazon Cost Management suite of products. 

To get started using Amazon Web Services Cost Categories, visit the Amazon Web Services Cost Categories user guide.