Cofense uses ParkMyCloud for multi-cloud cost management. We talked with Todd Morgan, Senior Systems Engineer, about how his team is using the platform to gain “sizable cost savings” at scale.
Thank you for taking the time the speak with us. Can you tell us about Cofense, your role, and the team you work with?
Cofense is a SaaS company in the cybersecurity world. We’ve been around for about 10 years, so we don’t have a legacy of using on-prem infrastructure. The company has leveraged the cloud for their infrastructure needs. My role is that of engineer and architect working in a traditional IT department, and I’m in charge of managing our resources across cloud service providers.
Can you describe how you’re using the cloud and tell us more about what that looks like in your cloud environments?
We are a multi-cloud customer – it gives us a lot of flexibility. We can make cost decisions around which CSP has the most attractive cost models. Also, some solutions are a better fit for one place versus another. We leverage a wide variety of the cloud services available today, including VMs and RDS.
What was it that drove you to look for a multi-cloud cost management tool?
Part of shopping around for cost optimization was to gain insights and be able to make informed decisions for how we use our CSPs. We had been using a cloud tool for security purposes – to identify risks that we need to mitigate. We weren’t happy with the product, so rather than finding a better product that does the same thing, we expanded our scope to include other features such as cost management and config management, hoping to find one cloud tool that does it all. The search revealed that a single tool to meet all of our requirements doesn’t exist today. So, the goal shifted to finding a couple tools that compliment each other. While focusing on cost management requirements, I landed on ParkMyCloud.
I’ve kept a running scorecard of all the other cloud tools we’ve done trials and demos for. I’ve got some winners in mind to purchase, but we’re also thinking of making our own solution while the marketplace continues to evolve. We bought into ParkMyCloud because we were satisfied with the trial, the product met our requirements, and were pleased with how the product roadmap aligns with our goals.
How’d you hear about ParkMyCloud and how are you using it?
I learned about ParkMyCloud from networking conversations with current and former co-workers.
One of our requirements was to identify idle resources that were just sitting and not being used. I wanted a tool that would help give me insight into resource utilization and clearly report on idle resources. Where ParkMyCloud shined was by making the scheduling of resource on hours turnkey.
We have also been using ParkMyCloud’s API to easily override schedules. For example, if someone needs to use a server over the weekend but it’s scheduled to turn off, they can self-service the request to override the schedule.
How do you determine schedules between different departments?
I started with an aggressive plan that was based upon the usage metrics provided by ParkMyCloud. Then I would meet with each team owning a subset of resources, looking to get their sign-off on adjusted schedules. In most cases the teams would outline valid uses cases for times when resources looked idle but they do need them on. After shaving back my plan to meet their needs, we still have sizable cost savings at the end of the day.
What other benefits have you gotten from using the ParkMyCloud platform?
Something else that’s been happening is I’m finding servers that don’t need to be on at all. ParkMyCloud is proving to be a conversation starter about resource usage. These business conversations have led me to decommission idle resources altogether.
For the resources, we do schedule, at scale the cost savings is sizable. We only have a few examples of resources that need to be always-on 24x7x365. For the majority of resources, we have assigned new schedules. Also, when new resources are provisioned, we’re changing it so the default is now scoped to only be on during working hours.
Anything else to add or feedback to share on your use of the platform?
We’re very happy with the tool and the engagement with your team.
Thank you Todd!