How to Save $55k on Amazon EC2 With ParkMyCloud

How to Save $55k on Amazon EC2 With ParkMyCloud: A Case Study

We recently spoke with our customer Avid about their savings with ParkMyCloud. It took Avid minutes to set up their ParkMyCloud account and start saving on Amazon EC2 instances. Download their story as a pdf, or read below.Save $55k on your AWS EC2 bill with parkMyCloud

The Challenge

The IT team at Avid, a global audio and video technology company, is responsible for a broad and essential array of systems, SaaS products, and managed services, with distributed teams spread across the globe.

Avid recently migrated their enterprise environment – encompassing development, testing and production platforms – from traditional managed data centers into Amazon Web Services (AWS). A significant part of the transition included educating and changing the mindset about operating times and expenses.

“It’s been a challenge educating our team on the cloud model,” said Satnam Bains, Global Director of Infrastructure Services. “They’re learning that there’s a direct monetary impact for every hour that an idle instance is running.”

“The world of physical servers was all CapEx driven, requiring big up-front costs, and ending in systems running full time,” added Lee Blackwell, Avid’s Global IT Technical and Operations Services Manager. “Now the model is OpEx, and getting our people to see the benefits of the new cost-per-hour model has been challenging but rewarding.”

What both Bains and Blackwell needed to ensure was that their teams (both direct and indirect) would not leave non-production running 24×7, eating away at the budget hour by hour.

The Solution

Bains learned of ParkMyCloud from a cloud advisory firm that was assisting Avid with the migration to AWS. He visited the ParkMyCloud website, followed the quick start guide, and within minutes had a free trial account running and started parking instances.

Now, Avid has ParkMyCloud schedules attached to each of their non-production instances to turn off nights and weekends. As a global organization, multiple schedules are used to ensure that instances are “on” only when staff need them. As their teams are spread across many timezones, Avid uses AWS tagging to easily group instances by application and intended purpose. Since each application team operates at different times, leveraging parking schedules is flexible, straightforward and painless.

The Result

With ParkMyCloud, Avid is reducing their annual AWS spending by $55,000.  In addition, they use Reserved Instances to save on costs for “always on” production servers.

Bains said, “when our teams understand the AWS charging model of compute by the hour, they recognise the need to park instances and engage. Costs are attached to every hour. Then, the metaphorical penny drops.”

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About Jay Chapel

Jay Chapel is the CEO and co-founder of ParkMyCloud. After spending several years in the cloud management space, Jay saw that there was no simple solution to the problem of wasted cloud spend - which led him and co-founder Dale Wickizer to found ParkMyCloud. Before that, he spent 10+ years with Micromuse and IBM Tivoli, a provider of business infrastructure management software. After an acquisition by IBM, he led the successful sales integration and subsequent growth of the IBM Tivoli/Netcool business in Europe. He also held several regional and worldwide sales roles in Switzerland, the UK and the US. Jay earned a BA in Finance and an MBA from West Virginia. Those few hours a month that Jay’s not busy with ParkMyCloud’s growth and success, you can find him on the ski slopes, on the soccer field, or spending time with his three kids.

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