Configure What Costs Are Visible to a User

When you are creating a new user, you can identify the types of costs that will be visible to that user. The application identifies three types of cost:

  • unblended costs
  • blended costs
  • list costs

Review the table for more information to help you determine what type of costs you want your user to have access to.

Type

Cost Calculations

Outcomes

Benefit(s)

Blended

Averages on-demand and reserved pricing using a common usage rate for shared resources in a consolidated billing family.

Does not factor in support costs.

RI purchaser may see rates higher than the RI rate while On Demand users may see rates lower than the On Demand rates.

Good way to determine the average costs across a consolidated bill

Unblended

Account that purchased the RI is responsible for all RI costs.

Accounts that consume the RI(s) but did not purchase them will have lower-than-actual costs.

When an account other than the purchasing account uses the RI, those RI hours show up as a zero cost in that account.

Payees who shared RIs and benefited from the lower pricing tiers of other payees in the consolidated billing family will have a lower bill.

Helps individual payees within the consolidated billing family

List

Reverses unintended payee discounts on EC2 RIs, RDS RIs, and tiered pricing.

Mimics AWS cost for each payee as if they were a standalone account—plus or minus additional custom discounts or charges issued by the the owner of the consolidated billing family.

Helps MSPs or resellers

Caveat on Unblended Costs:

The cost calculation, outcome, and benefits described in the table describe how blended costs will work after June 17, 2019.

For details on how unblended costs work today and up to June 16, 2019, see the Transition from DBR to CUR topic.
To ensure that the payee only sees list cost in their email notifications and alerts, review the Enable Payee List Cost topic.


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