With “Moving more workloads to cloud” a close second, optimizing for cost is more important than ever! It should be part of your cloud optimization strategy. The impact of unutilized and underutilized cloud resources hits more than just the bottom line.
“There’s a corresponding opportunity cost in overspending on cloud and it’s in foregoing having more budget to invest in sales and marketing. Plain and simple, we could be doing something better for our business with that money.” CFO of a major online marketplace
There’s a moment when every organization on cloud realizes that their bill is not what they expected, I call this “bill shock”.
You can see these organizations presenting their journey to “cost recovery” at cloud conferences. If you haven’t experienced their pain yet, you will.
So what did they do about it and our your current efforts in this area up to scratch?
Research done by one of the readily available reporting tools reveals the root cause of the bill shock is that organizations are not taking advantage of the promise of the cloud. That is, they aren’t paying only for what they use and what they need. Why is that?
This is because they aren’t managing their resources effectively. Even if you are willing to invest DevOps staff time to create and maintain custom scripts to stitch them together, the native cloud tools aren’t up to the task.
DevOps tools will identify:
Once you can “see” the issues, you can take remedial action.
By automating cloud resource management based on policies and business rules. But how?
You could roll your own custom code with the native cloud tools and APIs. Many organizations have adopted this approach and live to regret it down the track. Over time, the cost of managing and maintaining this low-level code undermines the savings dividend they hoped to achieve. It also ties up staff that could be put to better purpose.
“I don’t want my very expensive DevOps resources writing low level code to turn stuff on/off or clean things up. I want them working on problems that are core to our business like accelerating the delivery of new features into production and integrating new ways of running our business with AI, ML and serverless.” CIO of a major financial services business
At GorillaStack we offer the best of both worlds:
Also see cloud cost optimization use cases.
We’re experts on the APIs so you don’t have to be. We power your cloud optimization strategy to maximize results with minimum friction. We love to work with organizations’ DevOps teams and/or their consulting partners to help them become DevOps Heroes to the business!
The best part of it all is that the savings pay for the platform usage and can generate an ROI of 3x-20x. This is because we typically reduce the cloud spend by 20%-60%!
I particularly like how using the platform eliminated the bickering between Finance and Engineering about our cloud spend and allowed us to return their focus to our core business. – CEO of a major media company.