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Laying the Foundation: Setting Up Your Environment for Cost Optimization
AWS Whitepaper

Cost Allocation Supports Ownership and Accountability

In a traditional data center, teams have to either architect within the limitations of existing investments or request the deployment of additional, capital-intensive resources that are often spread across many projects and organizations.

The cloud is fundamentally different. AWS provides much greater capacity, flexibility, and ease of deployment. However, with these benefits comes the requirement to manage costs. With AWS resource tagging, it is possible for you to have direct accountability and visibility into IT costs by team and application. The cloud also has the potential to decentralize IT procurement, which can lead to a lack of accountability if you do not set up the right visibility and control mechanisms within the cloud environment.