WHY YOU NEED TO BE OPTIMIZING YOUR RI SPEND NOW:
When carefully managed, Reserved Instance purchases can save sophisticated users of Amazon EC2 significant sums of money. Without regular attention, the benefits can quickly be outweighed by spiralling costs. Our writing on AWS RI optimization has proved to be some of our most popular, so if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the following articles:
- Top five AWS Reserved Instance mistakes
- How to Fix AWS Reserved Instance mistakes
- Optimizing AWS Reserved Instance spend
The CloudMGR Optimizer tool is built for management to quickly analyze the potential resource consumption and cost efficiencies that can be gained from running EC2 reserved instances in a more structured way.
As an early supporter of “visual grouping” of servers, our standard groupings are Production, Staging and Test. From early 2016, our visual grouping capability will be further enhanced through support for tags, allowing for further ease of customization in the grouping and reporting of cloud resources.
CLOUDMGR OPTIMIZER: SLIDE TO OPTIMIZE RI SPEND
Thanks to the CloudMGR Optimizer tool, with the movement of a slider, Reserved Instances can be optimized, yielding instant savings based on upfront cost and coverage. Importantly, servers are grouped by function.
In the example below, we’re making optimization changes to the RI’s in the “Test” group.
Optimize your RI spend with the movement of a slider
With this grouping in place, we are able to look at a couple of metrics and calculate a total saving for infrastructure planning purposes.
THE POWER OF RESOURCE GROUPS
In our example, as with most organizations, the greatest source of underutilized RI’s are those reserved for testing. RI Coverage targets and the type of RI Server Fleets that are highly variable and may have a lower coverage target, are likely to differ somewhat by the organization.
A significant advantage of creating resource groups with CloudMGR is that more static server workloads, such as Production, can be grouped and optimized for availability. Conversely, resources subject to significant fluctuations in demand can be optimized to yield considerable cost savings.
ONE-CLICK CLOUD PARKING
Turning off servers during times of low demand is referred to as “Power Cycling” or “Cloud Parking”. CloudMGR allows you to park cloud resources in seconds. With our Scheduling tool, activating cloud parking outside regular office hours can be done with one click and our demo account instantly unlocks potential annual savings of $1,174.41 or 55% of annual RI spend.
In two clicks we activate cloud parking outside business hours, unlocking RI savings of 55%
GET THE MOST FROM YOUR AWS CLOUD
Getting the most out of your AWS Cloud requires planning and management of cloud infrastructure. The CloudMGR Optimizer provides instant, actionable insights and a simple reporting interface that lets you address key areas where most organizations have significant room for improvement.
In early 2016 CloudMGR will be releasing further improvements to the Optimizer tool. If you have any features you would like included, you can drop us a note here.