Cloud Optimization

Control and Optimize Your AWS Cloud Spend

As organizations adopt the cloud to run critical business applications, maintain test and development environments, and devise geographic disaster recovery solutions, costs can quickly get out of hand without appropriate controls and oversight to manage how and when systems are utilized. Many companies find themselves in situations where they spin up servers for a particular development activity, then forget to shut them down. In other cases, snapshots may have been required for short- term backups of active systems but were not cleared when they were no longer needed. All of these can lead to orphaned AWS elements that you are still being charged for even though they no longer provide any value to your organization.

About TekStream’s AWS Cloud Optimization Solutions

TekStream’s AWS cloud optimization solution collects, analyzes, recommends, and corrects elements of your AWS account to ensure you are spending money only on what is needed to meet your business needs. Our software monitors your AWS accounts, focusing on key elements that can be taken offline or deleted to reduce your monthly spend. Our solutions software, comprised of collectors and reapers, is backed up by analytics to make initial recommendations to help you cut costs. Our collectors investigate a wide variety of AWS services and how they are used, including:

  • Orphaned snapshots
  • Snapshots backed by AMIs
  • Orphaned EBS volumes
  • PIOPS on orphaned volumes
  • EBS volumes on stopped instances
  • Unused instances
  • Legacy instance types
  • Underutilized instances
While many off-the-shelf products can provide details of your AWS utilization, TekStream’s AWS cloud optimization solution incorporates the knowledge and experience of expert AWS Cloud architects to validate and confirm the findings of our automated services. Recommendations based on information captured from our collectors are made by AWS professionals to ensure you are getting the most out of your AWS experience. Our AWS Cloud architects work with your AWS developers and managers to understand how you are using your AWS services and provide relevant recommendations to better manage your environment. Based on inputs from our analytics and recommendations, the reapers will be configured to automatically maintain your environment by turning off what is no longer needed or help manage dynamic scaling of systems.

In some cases, further savings can be gained from re-architecting your applications to ensure they are cloud ready and taking full advantage of what AWS has to offer. Many of the applications that organizations are running on AWS originated as on-premises applications. TekStream can assist you by reviewing these applications, ensuring that they are sized properly, and assisting with recommending and recoding portions to take full advantage of the dynamic capabilities of AWS IaaS and PaaS services. This can lead to even more savings by reducing the required footprint and allowing for greater flexibility to scale at peak times.