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What is AWS Tagging?

AWS (Amazon Web Services) Tagging is the process of allocating labels or tags on resources for easier identification, management, organization, and filtering. Tags are simple, informational metadata that you attach resources to in order to make them easily identifiable. If your AWS account has hundreds or thousands of resources, assigning tags to help filter and manage those resources makes your information manageable.

Tags help you categorize resources depending on different criteria such as project, environment, purpose, and more. A good AWS tagging strategy helps you to organize and consolidate resources more effectively. Without tags, it would be difficult to manage cloud resources effectively.

The nOps tag explorer allows you to allocate tags on all your cloud resources efficiently. nOps tagging will enable you to gain visibility into your entire AWS environment.

AWS Tagging Use Cases

You can tag AWS resources for various purposes, including the following:

Cost Allocation

Cost allocation tags are essential in managing AWS costs. AWS cost allocation tags allow users to map cloud costs to different environments, teams, departments, customers, or stacks. This tags are crucial to enforcing operational accountability.

You can create cost allocation tags to organize your billing information. If you use cost allocation tags, you can view all usage costs and related billing information. After allocating a tag, AWS uses the tag to categorize your AWS cost so you can easily track it.

Access Control

Access control tags enable AWS users to permit or limit access to specific tags and their values. Tag-based IAM (Identity and Access Management) policies allow cloud users to control access to specific AWS resources. This way, you can use tags to limit access to development or testing environments.

Security Tags

AWS security tags help identify high-priority assets that require proper security risk management. The use of tags is the easiest way to improve security and compliance in your AWS environment.

Operations Support

You can use tags to manage the day-to-day support operations such as backup, system patching, and incident management.


Automation tags filter resources during automation activities. You can set up tags to identify and automate functions such as start/stop, backup, archive, delete, and remediate, among others.

In an environment with numerous resources running, it can be challenging to manage each resource. However, a variety of AWS tagging best practices can simplify the task. These include:

Plan to Audit and Maintain AWS Tags

It’s essential to audit AWS tags periodically and make sure that they are accurate and useful. Auditing allows you to discover any mishaps in your tagging strategy, enabling you to remediate the tags effectively.

Tag AWS Resources Consistently

You need to put thought into designing a systematic, scalable approach to tagging your AWS resources. Various AWS tagging rules dictate how to use tag values and keys. The most common approach for tagging resources is to use lowercase letters with hyphens between words.

Automatic Tag Management

Updating tags becomes overly complex as the number of AWS resources grows. You can utilize the resource tagging API (Application Programming Interface) and tag policies to govern and assign tags in bulk. Automation of tags results in higher quality, easy-to-maintain tags in the long run.

Other AWS tagging best practices include:

  • Consider the consequences of future changes to accommodate changes
  • Use AWS Organizations to create and deploy tag policies
  • Use AWS Resource Groups to manage compliance
  • Use numerous tags than few ones
  • Avoid storing sensitive information in tags
  • Use a standard format for your tags

Use nOps Tag Explorer

AWS tagging is helpful for a variety of reasons, from authorizing access to implementing cost allocation processes. As a result, you need a consistent AWS tagging strategy and a set of best practices to tag all your cloud resources.

The nOps Tag Explorer allows you to analyze costs across various teams, projects, and departments in your AWS account.

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