Kurt Brochu is the Senior Manager in charge of the cloud enablement team at Sysco. They focus on public cloud offerings for the company, functioning as the support tier for teams that use cloud services. Cost containment and optimal use of cloud services are primary concerns.
Sysco was using their own private cloud on-prem since 2003. They made the switch to the public cloud in 2013, using Amazon Web Services (AWS). Since then, the company’s position has gone from “cloud-first” to “cloud-only” – any new workload that comes in is likely going to the public cloud. Following the shift to cloud-only, the cloud enablement team became responsible for managing cloud services for a number of teams in a variety of areas, including the dev team, sales, finance, business reporting, asset management and more.
Having 50+ teams and over 500 users presented a challenge to the team in keeping cloud service use optimal and cost-effective. They were seeing 20% month-over-month growth on public cloud, exceeding what the budget was prepared for.
Kurt realized that some of the teams weren’t best managing their resources and that some of the workloads could benefit from automation. He didn’t have an easy way to present cloud spending in a visual manner or provide a way to manage the state of their workloads, until he found ParkMyCloud in 2016 at the AWS re:Invent conference. He was immediately intrigued and kept ParkMyCloud in mind for their next budget cycle.
A year later, following the 2017 AWS re:Invent conference, Kurt took another look at ParkMyCloud and decided to give it a try. This was right around the time that Sysco made the switch to cloud-only and ParkMyCloud seemed like the perfect tool to keep costs under control.
In December 2017, Kurt presented the results of using ParkMyCloud to Sysco, showing that the uptick in savings was dramatic and making the leadership team very happy.
Before using ParkMyCloud, most developers had no awareness of the expenses being racked up by their workloads. The tool allowed Kurt to unfilter that data so they can see, for example: this workload is $293 a month, every month. If you look at your entire environment, you’re spending $17,000 a month, but if you take it down just for the weekend, you could be saving $2-3,000 a month or more depending on how aggressive you want to be, without hurting your ability to support the business. This “AHA” moment, as he described it, was satisfying to watch.
The team immediately took notice of their savings after reviewing the summary reports. By scheduling instances to shut down, saving both time and money through automation, Sysco could confidently make a cost-effective, cloud-only transition.
ParkMyCloud was the perfect tool for Sysco in their transition to a cloud-only only strategy and continues to deliver great savings. Since making use of ParkMyCloud, the tool has delivered a lifetime savings of $60,000 that only continues to grow. One team in particular saw 40% savings on their workloads. They were spending on average about $10,000 a month, and now it’s at $5,800.
With 50+ teams and over 500 users on ParkMyCloud, Kurt is especially pleased about the benefit of giving access to senior directors who are in charge of the budget – “it gives you the ability to shine light in places that people don’t like to have the light shine.” By giving access to ParkMyCloud, the senior directors, as well as the executives who are given the presentations, get to see the actual cost savings.
In addition, Kurt is making use of ParkMyCloud’s new, first-of-its-kind SmartParking feature. It comes in handy when he is asked by different teams about how use the tool, and he’s found that they are exceedingly happy by the fact that they can go and see their usage. “The magic of ParkMyCloud is that it empowers the end user to make decisions for the betterment of business, and gives us the needed visibility to do our jobs effectively. That’s the bottom line. Each user has a decision: I can spend money on wasted resources or I can save it where I can and apply the savings to other projects. Once you start to understand that, then you have that ‘AHA’ moment.”
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Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food and non-food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers around the world.