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This collector is deprecated as of Cloud Cruiser 3.2. To collect Amazon Web Services​ data, HPE recommends using the new Amazon Web Services​ Collector. For more information, see Amazon Web Services.

Cloud Cruiser’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) Collector is a native collector that retrieves consumption data using the AWS reporting API.

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Amazon’s Programmatic Billing Access provides month-to-date invoices called Cost Allocation Reports that are available in CSV format. Amazon stores the CSV files in an S3 (Simple Storage Service) Bucket. The Amazon collector downloads these files and processes them to import usage data into Cloud Cruiser.

The CSV filenames are comprised of a UTC timestamp, such as:


where the numbers indicate the following billing information:

<account ID>-<year>-<month>-<date and time stamp>.csv

AWS generates a Cost Allocation Report as a comma-separated value (CSV file). The Cost Allocation Report is essentially the same thing as the regular month-to-date bill, but with the data aggregated by custom-defined tags. Amazon cloud resources, such as virtual machines, disk volumes, and databases can be assigned user-defined tags. The tags are simple name-value pairs. The user has complete control over the tags, and must set up custom Amazon tags for anything needed to use as identifiers in reports, such as a virtual machine instance.

To log in to AWS, an access key ID and a secret key are required. These are created and managed using Amazon's Identity and Access Management (IAM) service. The access key ID and secret key pair can be created for the account owner (not recommended) or for a virtual user (recommended). It is recommended to create a user name specifically for billing access. The user name that will be used for billing access must have permission to read the S3 bucket where the billing data is stored.

For the Amazon collector, there are two jobs that must be run: one for downloading the CSV files, and the other for collection. The downloading job is run at the end of the day (UTC time) so that it downloads the Cost Allocation Report with the latest date and time stamp. The collection job should be run for the previous day, not the current day; otherwise, data could be lost for the day.

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