AWS Pricing/TCO Tools - How AWS Pricing Works

AWS Pricing/TCO Tools

To get the most out of your estimates, you should have a good idea of your basic requirements. For example, if you're going to try Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), it might help if you know what kind of operating system you need, what your memory requirements are, and how much I/O you need. You should also decide whether you need storage, such as if you're going to run a database and how long you intend to use the servers. You don't need to make these decisions before generating an estimate, though. You can play around with the service configuration and parameters to see which options fit your use case and budget best. For more information about AWS service pricing, see AWS Services Pricing.

AWS offers a couple of tools (free of cost) for you to use. If the workload details and services to be used are identified, AWS pricing calculator can help with calculating the total cost of ownership. Migration Evaluator helps with inventorying your existing environment, identifying workload information, and designing and planning your AWS migration.

AWS Pricing Calculator

 AWS Pricing Calculator is a web based service that you can use to create cost estimates to suit your AWS use cases. AWS Pricing Calculator is useful both for people who have never used AWS and for those who want to reorganize or expand their usage.

AWS Pricing Calculator allows you to explore AWS services based on your use cases and create a cost estimate. You can model your solutions before building them, explore the price points and calculations behind your estimate, and find the available instance types and contract terms that meet your needs. This enables you to make informed decisions about using AWS. You can plan your AWS costs and usage or price out setting up a new set of instances and services.

AWS Pricing Calculator is free for use. It provides an estimate of your AWS fees and charges. The estimate doesn't include any taxes that might apply to the fees and charges. AWS Pricing Calculator provides pricing details for your information only. AWS Pricing Calculator provides a console interface at

Migration Evaluator

Migration Evaluator (Formerly TSO Logic) is a complimentary service to create data-driven business cases for AWS Cloud planning and migration.

Creating business cases on your own can be a time-consuming process and does not always identify the most cost-effective deployment and purchasing options. Migration Evaluator quickly provides a business case to make sound AWS planning and migration decisions. With Migration Evaluator, your organization can build a data-driven business case for AWS, gets access to AWS expertise, visibility into the costs associated with multiple migration strategies, and insights on how reusing existing software licensing reduces costs further.

A business case is the first step in the AWS migration journey. Beginning with on-premises inventory discovery, you can choose to upload exports from 3rd party tools or install a complimentary agentless collector to monitor Windows, Linux and SQL Server footprints. As part of a white-gloved experience, Migration Evaluator includes a team of program managers and solution architects to capture your migration objective and use analytics to narrow down the subset of migration patterns best suited to your business needs. The results are captured in a transparent business case which aligns business and technology stakeholders to provide a prescriptive next step in your migration journey.

Migration Evaluator service analyzes an enterprise’s compute footprint, including server configuration, utilization, annual costs to operate, eligibility for bring-your-own-license, and hundreds of other parameters. It then statistically models utilization patterns, matching each workload with optimized placements in the AWS Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute and Amazon Elastic Block Store. Finally, it outputs a business case with a comparison of the current-state against multiple future-state configurations showing the flexibility of AWS.

For more information, see Migration Evaluator.