Expensive CloudWatch Logs

Details about Automated Insights showing expensive CloudWatch logs.

Expensive CloudWatch Logs

The AWS CloudWatch service should only be a small part of your cloud bill. This insight detects increases in CloudWatch costs which indicate you may be using them too extensively and may want to clean up any unnecessary CloudWatch log groups.

Source: CloudZero

The information for this insight is based on spend data in the CloudZero platform.


This insight is checked once per day. If the insight is marked as Ignored, it will still get updated, but notifications will no longer be sent for any updates.


This insight is created if the total spend for the identified CloudWatch log groups exceeds a sliding scale cost that depends on your total 30 day real cost for all AWS services and is at least $500. The following table shows the sliding scale.

30 Day Spend for All AWS Services30 Day Spend Threshold for CloudWatch Logs
< $10,000.00$50.00
Between $10,000.00 and $50,000.00$100.00
Between $50,000.00 and $100,000.00$250.00
Between $100,000.00 and $500,000.00$500.00
Between $500,000.00 and $2,500,000.00$750.00
> $2,500,000.00$1,000.00

When your CloudWatch cost falls below the threshold based on your AWS spend, or if falls below $500, the insight will automatically be closed.