PRTG Manual: AWS Cost Sensor

The AWS Cost sensor monitors the cost of an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account by reading its data from the AWS Cost Explorer API.

AWS Cost Sensor

AWS Cost Sensor

i_square_cyanFor a detailed list and descriptions of the channels that this sensor can show, see section Channel List.

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Remarks

Detailed Requirements

Requirement

Description

Permissions for the AWS API key

This sensor requires sufficient rights to query data from the AWS API The AWS API key requires the following permissions:

  • "ce:GetCostAndUsage"
  • "ce:GetCostForecast"
  • "ce:GetDimensionValues"
  • "ce:GetCostAndUsageWithResources"
  • "ce:GetUsageForecast"

i_square_cyanFor more information, see the Knowledge Base: How do I set permissions for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) API key to use certain sensors in PRTG?

Add Sensor

The Add Sensor dialog appears when you manually add a new sensor to a device. It only shows the settings that are required to create the sensor. You can change nearly all settings on the sensor's Settings tab after creation.

Basic Sensor Settings

Click the Settings tab of a sensor to change its settings.

Basic Sensor Settings

Basic Sensor Settings

Setting

Description

Sensor Name

Enter a name to identify the sensor.

Parent Tags

Shows tags that the sensor inherits from its parent device, parent group, and parent probe.

i_round_blueThis setting is for your information only. You cannot change it.

Tags

Enter one or more tags. Confirm each tag with the Spacebar key, a comma, or the Enter key. You can use tags to group objects and use tag-filtered views later on. Tags are not case-sensitive. Tags are automatically inherited.

i_round_blueIt is not possible to enter tags with a leading plus (+) or minus (-) sign, nor tags with parentheses (()) or angle brackets (<>).

i_round_blueFor performance reasons, it can take some minutes until you can filter for new tags that you added.

The sensor has the following default tags that are automatically predefined in the sensor's settings when you add the sensor:

  • aws
  • cost
  • awscost

Priority

Select a priority for the sensor. This setting determines the position of the sensor in lists. The highest priority is at the top of a list. Choose from the lowest priority (i_priority_1) to the highest priority (i_priority_5).

i_round_blueUsually, a sensor connects to the IP Address/DNS Name of the parent device. See the device settings for details. For some sensors, you can explicitly define the monitoring target in the sensor settings.

AWS Cost Specific

AWS Cost Specific

AWS Cost Specific

Setting

Description

Additional Cost Types

PRTG creates two default channels for blended monthly and yearly cost. If you select this option, you can select additional cost types for which PRTG creates additional channels.

Select Additional Cost Types

This setting is only visible if you select Enable for Additional Cost Types above. Select additional cost types:

  • Amortized cost
  • Net amortized cost
  • Unblended cost
  • Net unblended cost

i_round_bluePRTG creates two overview channels (monthly and yearly) for every additional cost type that you select.

Additional Forecast Types

PRTG does not automatically create additional forecast channels. If you select this option, you can select additional forecast types to create additional forecast channels.

Select Additional Forecast Types

This setting is only visible if you select Enable for Additional Cost Types above. Select additional forecast types:

  • Blended cost
  • Amortized cost
  • Net amortized cost
  • Unblended cost
  • Net unblended cost

i_round_bluePRTG creates two overview channels (monthly and yearly) for every additional forecast type that you select. Every forecast type that you select creates additional fees. Deselect a forecast type if you no longer want the according channels to create additional fees. You can still see the channels, but they do not receive data anymore.

Sensor Display

Sensor Display

Sensor Display

Setting

Description

Primary Channel

Select a channel from the list to define it as the primary channel. In the device tree, the last value of the primary channel is always displayed below the sensor's name. The available options depend on what channels are available for this sensor.

i_round_blueYou can set a different primary channel later by clicking b_channel_primary below a channel gauge on the sensor's Overview tab.

Graph Type

Define how different channels are shown for this sensor:

  • Show channels independently (default): Show a graph for each channel.
  • Stack channels on top of each other: Stack channels on top of each other to create a multi-channel graph. This generates a graph that visualizes the different components of your total traffic.
    i_round_redYou cannot use this option in combination with manual Vertical Axis Scaling (available in the channel settings).

Stack Unit

This setting is only visible if you enable Stack channels on top of each other as Graph Type. Select a unit from the list. All channels with this unit are stacked on top of each other. By default, you cannot exclude single channels from stacking if they use the selected unit. However, there is an advanced procedure to do so.

Debug Options

Debug Options

Debug Options

Setting

Description

Result Handling

Define what PRTG does with the sensor result:

  • Discard result: Do not store the sensor result.
  • Store result: Store the last sensor result in the \Logs\sensors subfolder of the PRTG data directory on the probe system. The file name is Result of Sensor [ID].log. This setting is for debugging purposes. PRTG overwrites this file with each scanning interval.

i_podThis option is not available when the sensor runs on the hosted probe of a PRTG Hosted Monitor instance.

i_round_blueIn a cluster, PRTG stores the result in the PRTG data directory of the master node.

Inherited Settings

By default, all of these settings are inherited from objects that are higher in the hierarchy. We recommend that you change them centrally in the root group settings if necessary. To change a setting for this object only, click b_inherited_enabled under the corresponding setting name to disable the inheritance and to display its options.

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Inheritance of Settings.

Scanning Interval

i_round_blueThis sensor has a fixed minimum scanning interval for performance reasons. You cannot use a shorter scanning interval. Consequently, shorter scanning intervals in the Monitoring settings are not available for this sensor.

i_round_blueThe minimum scanning interval of this sensor is 1 hour.

i_round_blueThe recommended scanning interval of this sensor is 6 hours.

Scanning Interval

Scanning Interval

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Root Group Settings, section Scanning Interval.

Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window

i_round_blueYou cannot interrupt the inheritance for schedules, dependencies, and maintenance windows. The corresponding settings from the parent objects are always active. However, you can define additional schedules, dependencies, and maintenance windows. They are active at the same time as the parent objects' settings.

Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window

Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Root Group Settings, section Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window.

Access Rights

Access Rights

Access Rights

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Root Group Settings, section Access Rights.

Channel Unit Configuration

i_round_blueWhich channel units are available depends on the sensor type and the available parameters. If no configurable channels are available, this field shows No configurable channels.

Channel Unit Configuration

Channel Unit Configuration

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Root Group Settings, section Channel Unit Configuration.

Channel List

i_round_blueWhich channels the sensor actually shows might depend on the target device, the available components, and the sensor setup.

Channel

Description

Amortized Monthly

The amortized cost per month

Amortized Yearly

The amortized cost per year

Downtime

In the channel table on the Overview tab, this channel never shows any values. PRTG uses this channel in graphs and reports to show the amount of time in which the sensor was in the Down status in percent.

Forecast Amortized Monthly

The forecast for amortized cost per month

Forecast Amortized Yearly

The forecast for amortized cost per year

Forecast Monthly

The forecast for cost per month

Forecast Net Amortized Monthly

The forecast for net amortized cost per month

Forecast Net Amortized Yearly

The forecast for net amortized cost per year

Forecast Net Unblended Monthly

The forecast for net unblended cost per month

Forecast Net Unblended Yearly

The forecast for net unblended cost per year

Forecast Unblended Monthly

The forecast for unblended cost per month

Forecast Unblended Yearly

The forecast for unblended cost per year

Forecast Yearly

The forecast for cost per year

Monthly Cost

The monthly cost

i_round_blueThis channel is the primary channel by default.

Net Amortized Monthly

The net amortized cost per month

Net Amortized Yearly

The net amortized cost per year

Net Unblended Monthly

The net unblended cost per month

Net Unblended Yearly

The net unblended cost per year

Unblended Monthly

The unblended cost per month

Unblended Yearly

The unblended cost per year

Yearly Cost

The cost per year

More

i_square_blueKnowledge Base

What settings do I have to define in my AWS account to set up the AWS Cost sensor?

How do I set permissions for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) API key to use certain sensors in PRTG?

What security features does PRTG include?