Cloud Cost Optimization Journey | Early Stage Adaptor

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At Zesty, we meet customers in various stages of their cloud cost optimization journey.

We have segmented these customers to early-stage, intermediate, and expert.

This blog is the first of a 3-part series in which we will share 3 customer stories that represent each stage of their cloud cost optimization journey with Zesty.

Customer #1 – Need of cloud cost optimization for the early-stage adapter

This customer has recently completed his migration to the cloud.

Due to the fact that he’s a newbie (no offense!) and cannot forecast any type of future compute usage, 100% of his EC2 instances are running on-demand. This early-stage customer has not purchased any commitments (Reserved Instances and Savings Plans). If this is you, don’t fret. You’re not alone and this is not uncommon.

Companies remaining in the early stage phase are doing so due to:

  1. Awareness – Most customers in this stage are not fully aware of cloud cost optimization.
  2. Lack of focus and priority – engineering teams are dedicating their efforts to developing and implementing new technologies.
  3. Risk – The main culprit.

Companies shy away from leveraging commitments because they cannot determine their cloud architectural landscape (e.g. which instance types and regions will be used) 1-3 years in advance nor can they confidently forecast their compute usage. With this uncertainty in place, they opt to run 100% on-demand, the highest pricing plan for EC2.

After onboarding to Commitment Manager by Zesty, customers at this stage go from 0% infrastructure covered by savings to 95%-99% coverage. Within 1-2 weeks of activation, customers see over 45% savings off their EC2 costs.

This is an example of a customer who onboarded Zesty 4 weeks ago. From 0 savings to “Damn, I should have used Zesty sooner!”

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✅ The customer went from 0% infrastructure covered by savings to 95% coverage in 1 week.

✅ Zesty identified a decrease in capacity and automatically sold commitments in order to avoid over-provisioning.

✅ Zesty identified an increase in capacity and automatically purchased commitments in order to maximize cloud savings.

Final Words

Reliably forecasting compute usage 1-3 years in advance (risk-free) is impossible.

Cloud environments are naturally dynamic, and most organizations experience frequent capacity changes.

By leveraging real-time data, cloud cost optimization for the early stage cloud adaptors is effortless with real-time automated cloud optimization AI by Zesty.

With Zesty, you can achieve up to 55% discount on your EC2, risk-free, with ZERO engineering effort, guaranteed.

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