AWS Pricing and Billing (Part 1)

One of the critical categories of questions for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam is billing. It’s estimated to be from 12% to 20% of the exam. Every service and support plan have their own pricing models, and I’ll try to clarify all of these here. This is a large topic, so I’m going to split this over three articles. I don’t believe the exams will ask about specific prices, as these can always change. But the important thing is understanding the relative pricing, so you could be able to make intelligent cost analysis decisions.

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

One of the first things we'll do after creating an AWS account is add users and groups via the IAM console. We will initially do this as the "root" account user. But be careful -- root accounts are not restricted in any way. Therefore, I strongly recommend following the Security Status checklist FIRST when visiting the IAM console.

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam is the most basic AWS certification you could obtain. It certifies that you have a basic knowledge of the core features and benefits of AWS. It's a great kickoff point if you want to work towards other AWS certifications.