Posted On: May 16, 2023

Amazon Cost Categories has added a new dimension “Usage Type” to its rules. You can now use seven types of dimensions: “Linked Account”, “Charge Type”, “Service”, "Usage Type", “Cost Allocation Tags”, “Region”, and other “Cost Category” while creating cost categories rules.

Amazon Cost Categories is a feature within the Amazon Cost Management product suite that enables you to group cost and usage information into meaningful categories based on your needs. You can create custom categories and map your cost and usage information into these categories based on the rules defined by you using various dimensions such as account, tag, service, charge type, and even other cost categories. Once cost categories are set up and enabled, you will be able to view and manage your Amazon Web Services cost and usage information by these categories in Amazon Cost Management services, e.g. controlling the spend limit for a specific cost category using Amazon Budget, understanding the ownership of your spend at the Cost Categories level in Amazon Cost Explorer and Amazon Cost and Usage Report (CUR).  Cost categories can be applied to your Amazon Web Services cost and usage at the beginning of the month or retroactively for up to 12 months.  Adding a new dimension (‘Usage Type’) to the existing list increases the flexibility for customers in creating cost categorization rules. 

Cost categories is provided free of charge and this feature is available in all Commercial Regions, including the Amazon Web Services China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet and the Amazon Web Services China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. To get started with cost categories, please visit Amazon Cost Categories product details page.