Carmen  Grimes

Carmen Grimes

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Tales of AWS (or Any Other Cloud) Cost Optimisations

Let me tell you how most, if not all the uneducated cost optimisations start, hit a wall and inevitably never achieve the long term results they’ve set out to realise and how you can avoid some of the pitfalls and save a few thousand, if not millions of $/£/€ along the way.

This post is meant to allow all those companies that are not flooded by VC capital or have budgets to hire 7 figure teams of engineers to look after their cloud estate (a reasonable/unreasonable argument can be made that if you can’t afford said teams, you’re better off going the “buy” route instead of “build” but I digress, that can be a topic for a different post).

The beginning — Reservations

As with any “build-vs-buy” tale, there comes a time in all projects that use cloud providers where your Finance/Accounting colleagues schedule a meeting with a title that goes a little something like this: “AWS Cost Analysis”; “Cloud Costs Review”; “Finance — Cloud Sync”. This is usually because some high-level person has seen the current cloud spend and uttered some expletives at how much a project or department is over budget. Said meeting ends up becoming a multi-part engagement in “explain to me what this section of lines in our bill are, why they’re so huge and how you can make them smaller” that would be better replaced by having said colleagues attend the AWS Cost Management Curriculum or enrolling on the AWS Cloud Financial Management Course.

Amongst the back and forth between both parties, the engineering team will inevitably retort to some comment about the EC2 spend with the following: “Well if you’d allow us to reserve instances for 1 or even 3 years, we could reduce that spend by up to 60%”.

And herein lies the first pitfall. To think that the answer to a large expenditure halfway through the year is to double down and poney up a multi-year commitment in the same financial calendar is equivalent to seeing that the living room is on fire and proposing that the best solution is to set up a burnout in the hallway to protect the rest of the house. While technically this might be the “smart” thing to do, to the uneducated, it might sound like a crazy plan and it usually ends up resulting in a long process that involves creating a spreadsheet that looks something like this:

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Seamus Quitzon

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AWS Cost Allocation Tags and Cost Reduction

Bob had just arrived in the office for his first day of work as the newly hired chief technical officer when he was called into a conference room by the president, Martha, who immediately introduced him to the head of accounting, Amanda. They exchanged pleasantries, and then Martha got right down to business:

“Bob, we have several teams here developing software applications on Amazon and our bill is very high. We think it’s unnecessarily high, and we’d like you to look into it and bring it under control.”

Martha placed a screenshot of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) billing report on the table and pointed to it.

“This is a problem for us: We don’t know what we’re spending this money on, and we need to see more detail.”

Amanda chimed in, “Bob, look, we have financial dimensions that we use for reporting purposes, and I can provide you with some guidance regarding some information we’d really like to see such that the reports that are ultimately produced mirror these dimensions — if you can do this, it would really help us internally.”

“Bob, we can’t stress how important this is right now. These projects are becoming very expensive for our business,” Martha reiterated.

“How many projects do we have?” Bob inquired.

“We have four projects in total: two in the aviation division and two in the energy division. If it matters, the aviation division has 75 developers and the energy division has 25 developers,” the CEO responded.

Bob understood the problem and responded, “I’ll see what I can do and have some ideas. I might not be able to give you retrospective insight, but going forward, we should be able to get a better idea of what’s going on and start to bring the cost down.”

The meeting ended with Bob heading to find his desk. Cost allocation tags should help us, he thought to himself as he looked for someone who might know where his office is.

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Adaline  Kulas

Adaline Kulas

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Multi-cloud Spending: 8 Tips To Lower Cost

A multi-cloud approach is nothing but leveraging two or more cloud platforms for meeting the various business requirements of an enterprise. The multi-cloud IT environment incorporates different clouds from multiple vendors and negates the dependence on a single public cloud service provider. Thus enterprises can choose specific services from multiple public clouds and reap the benefits of each.

Given its affordability and agility, most enterprises opt for a multi-cloud approach in cloud computing now. A 2018 survey on the public cloud services market points out that 81% of the respondents use services from two or more providers. Subsequently, the cloud computing services market has reported incredible growth in recent times. The worldwide public cloud services market is all set to reach $500 billion in the next four years, according to IDC.

By choosing multi-cloud solutions strategically, enterprises can optimize the benefits of cloud computing and aim for some key competitive advantages. They can avoid the lengthy and cumbersome processes involved in buying, installing and testing high-priced systems. The IaaS and PaaS solutions have become a windfall for the enterprise’s budget as it does not incur huge up-front capital expenditure.

However, cost optimization is still a challenge while facilitating a multi-cloud environment and a large number of enterprises end up overpaying with or without realizing it. The below-mentioned tips would help you ensure the money is spent wisely on cloud computing services.

  • Deactivate underused or unattached resources

Most organizations tend to get wrong with simple things which turn out to be the root cause for needless spending and resource wastage. The first step to cost optimization in your cloud strategy is to identify underutilized resources that you have been paying for.

Enterprises often continue to pay for resources that have been purchased earlier but are no longer useful. Identifying such unused and unattached resources and deactivating it on a regular basis brings you one step closer to cost optimization. If needed, you can deploy automated cloud management tools that are largely helpful in providing the analytics needed to optimize the cloud spending and cut costs on an ongoing basis.

  • Figure out idle instances

Another key cost optimization strategy is to identify the idle computing instances and consolidate them into fewer instances. An idle computing instance may require a CPU utilization level of 1-5%, but you may be billed by the service provider for 100% for the same instance.

Every enterprise will have such non-production instances that constitute unnecessary storage space and lead to overpaying. Re-evaluating your resource allocations regularly and removing unnecessary storage may help you save money significantly. Resource allocation is not only a matter of CPU and memory but also it is linked to the storage, network, and various other factors.

  • Deploy monitoring mechanisms

The key to efficient cost reduction in cloud computing technology lies in proactive monitoring. A comprehensive view of the cloud usage helps enterprises to monitor and minimize unnecessary spending. You can make use of various mechanisms for monitoring computing demand.

For instance, you can use a heatmap to understand the highs and lows in computing visually. This heat map indicates the start and stop times which in turn lead to reduced costs. You can also deploy automated tools that help organizations to schedule instances to start and stop. By following a heatmap, you can understand whether it is safe to shut down servers on holidays or weekends.

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AWS Cloud Practitioner Course | NetCom Learning

As the world reels under this economic meltdown caused by the pandemic, experts suggest that a rebound spearheaded by the technology sector is expected in the coming year. When every business, every service and every brick-and-mortar store was shut down, the ‘online’ or the ‘cloud’ helped salvage the situation for many across the world. This year saw many organizations embracing the cloud with a view to keep their businesses afloat amid the cloud of uncertainties. However, the challenge of finding skilled manpower still lurks on the fate of this hopeful prediction. Economic reconstruction and the situation of the job market greatly depend on the probability of sourcing the right talent to fill these positions with specialized skillsets.

Why Cloud Computing

Whether you’re ordering food online, watching your favorite show on a video streaming app, paying your credit card bill through online banking, or participating in a virtual event – all these and many other tasks that you accomplish everyday using a smartphone or internet – actually depend on services that run on a cloud platform. For many organizations, the need to get their workforce trained on cloud does not only apply to IT or technical staff. In fact, investing in cloud training for an employee of any vertical - marketing, sales, operations, finance, or even HR – is being the trigger that accelerates collaboration to reach the end business goal. Apart from that, an organization’s cloud acumen helps increase employee confidence and ability to innovate and experiment.

Gain Entry-level Cloud Skills with AWS Cloud Practitioner Course

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Training is the right path to get certified and begin a fruitful and rewarding cloud journey. It builds a solid foundation of cloud skills and prepares the learners for more sophisticated and technical cloud certifications. The best thing about this Amazon Cloud Practitioner certification is that anyone can acquire valuable cloud skills irrespective of their technical or non-technical background. No programming or coding experience or knowledge is required as a pre-requisite in order to enroll for AWS cloud Practitioner Essentials Course.
If you are new to cloud, have a non-technical background, or wish to learn the basic working knowledge of cloud, the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Training can be your starting point.

Here is what you or your employees learn when you enroll for an AWS Cloud Practitioner Course:

• What is AWS Cloud?
• Fundamentals of operating and deploying AWS Cloud
• Global architecture and architectural principles of AWS cloud
• AWS Cloud value proposition
• Key services and some common use cases of AWS platform
• AWS security and compliance
• AWS shared security model
• AWS platform’s billing, account management, and pricing models

**### Where to Get Training on AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials **

The pandemic may have brought the world to a standstill, but it sure has proved to be a boon for those interested in learning new skills. It is a golden period to acquire valuable skills that help an individual take a step further in their professional or personal growth. Internet has played a huge role in this area as well. For those who seek to learn and grow, everything is available at the click of a button. Any course, any skill, any trainer – is available online to help you fulfill your learning goals. With virtual trainings and online classes, the whole world seems to shrink, and everything becomes accessible anytime, anywhere.

However, in the cacophony of online courses, learners need to pick and choose the ones that add value to their skillset. For this purpose, it is advised to prefer only authorized providers for training. Amazon Web Services has authorized training partners and authorized instructors who are accredited to provide trainings of such technical expertise. NetCom Learning is one such authorized training provider that offers various technical courses including AWS Cloud training programs. The company also has AWS Authorized Instructors who are Champion-level trainers. NetCom Learning currently has the AWS Cloud Practitioner Course on a promotional offer.

### Get AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Training at $99

As part of a promotional offer, NetCom Learning is offering a one-day AWS Cloud Practitioner Course at $99 for the class on December 14th, 2020. The actual price for this course is $675. Since this huge discount is available for one day only, it’s a great opportunity for those who are looking to earn cloud skills. This guaranteed-to-run class will cover all topics in an 8-hour session on the specified date. Use Promo code AWSCPE99 to unlock the discounted price. Learners interested to get AWS Cloud Practitioner certified will also get an additional one-hour where the instructor will guide them on tips and resources to ace the certification exam. Limited seats are available for this promotional session.

Since the certification exam costs $100, if you enroll for this training, you can get trained and certified at $199 only. This is the right time and right opportunity to gain cloud skills and begin your learning journey.

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Ron  Cartwright

Ron Cartwright

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Improve Your Cost Management with AWS Saving Plans

The adaptability and flexibility of today’s cloud services present a lot of opportunities to cut infrastructure costs. Amazon Web Services and its plethora of services let you set up any kind of cloud environment for any type of application, without forcing you to make long-term commitments. At the very least, you don’t have to make a big initial investment to set up your cloud environments.

AWS resources are designed to make deploying cloud-native applications easy and affordable. Affordability is always important for businesses because cost-efficient applications guarantee higher returns on cloud investment. The way AWS services are set up allows for easy scaling of apps and cloud resource usage, but keeping your cloud environment efficient is not without its challenges.

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Rory  West

Rory West

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7 Challenges With AWS Costs

This article is the first of our series on AWS cost optimization. In this series, we’ll introduce the challenges with AWS costs. We’ll also offer actionable recommendations on how to solve them and perform efficient AWS cost optimization.

Most businesses spend much more on processing and storage than they need. This is often the case with operating expenses for excess capacity to meet peak demand in their on-site data centers.

Moving to public cloud services such as AWS helps enterprises to maximize the consumption levels of their workloads. At the same time, they reduce their total costs. There are major benefits of substituting conventional up-front hardware purchases for the more effective pay-as-you-go scheme.

The large scale on which AWS works also helps its consumers to continuously reduce the computing and storage facilities costs with economies of scale. AWS has the ability to change the model of running technology and platform services dramatically. However, companies have to use it wisely.

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