The tale of Zesty Disk: A new era of scalable EBS management
By Lauren Sirt | Senior Content Manager
May 5, 2021
Do you believe in magic?
We’re excited to unveil Zesty Disk, our newest innovation which might just turn even the biggest skeptics into believers. Zesty Disk uses AI to automatically shrink and expand EBS volumes based on real-time capacity needs.
This means, engineers no longer need to spend their valuable time manually provisioning EBS volumes, forecasting future storage requirements, and performing continuous capacity adjustments.
Once you’re set up with Zesty Disk, you can say goodbye to continuous EBS management because the volumes will automatically adjust themselves based on your application’s needs at that very moment.
But the real magic of Zesty Disk is it can save you 70% on EBS with zero engineering effort and absolutely no downtime.
So what drove us to develop Zesty Disk? Read on for the epic tale behind our newest cloud storage innovation.
Part 1: The EBS management crisis
Once upon a time, way back in 2020, DevOps engineers were suffering from the dreaded AWS bill. This bill was feared near and far all across the land, because it would cost companies billions of dollars for storage that was not being used.
Engineers were ravaged by the dilemma of over provisioning as they were required to predict their EBS storage volumes in advance.
With no crystal ball in hand, accurately forecasting disk utilization was nearly impossible. After all, application needs are always dynamic. They rise during peak hours and drop throughout the day (especially at night). Yet there was no way to shrink EBS volumes to accommodate these fluctuations.
Not allocating enough EBS volumes brought the risk of service degradation and failure, a fate that caused trepidation in the hearts of all engineers. So in response, they allocated two-five times more disk storage than necessary to accommodate scale. This resulted in significant cloud waste and a large AWS bill at the end of each month.
If this crisis wasn’t challenging enough, engineers also spent hours manually adjusting storage capacity, which was an incredibly tedious and inefficient task. Soon, the plagues of boredom and frustration spread throughout the land as engineers spent too much of their time managing EBS instead of using their powers to develop new products and features.
Part 2: The Rise of Zesty Disk
As the plagues worsened, Zesty’s team of cloud optimization experts knew there had to be a better way to manage EBS. What they needed was something similar to AWS’s EC2 Auto-scaling, but for EBS. They worked day and night to develop a solution that would free engineering teams from spending too much time managing EBS volumes and could bring an end to the cloud waste caused by overprovisioned resources.
The result was Zesty Disk, a new EBS auto-scaler that instantly shrinks and expands EBS volumes based on real-time capacity needs.
It works by collecting real-time utilization, IOPS, and read/write metrics and using machine learning to analyze this data and predict usage trends. With this information, Zesty Disk automatically merges or detaches storage volumes to fit an application’s storage needs at every moment.
Just like magic!
The result is the first hands-free solution for optimizing EBS storage volumes and simplifying EBS management. Its automated technology ensures that application performance is unaffected by merging and detaching disk volumes, so absolutely no downtime is required.
Part 3: Living happily ever after with Zesty Disk
Engineers from near and far heard about Zesty Disk and its magical ability to cure the EBS management crisis. For the first time, they were full of hope that their EBS storage could be continuously optimized so cloud waste would be a thing of the past. They would no longer live in fear of their AWS bill and their days would never be spent managing EBS volumes again.
Once Zesty Disk spread through the land, DevOps engineers breathed a sigh of relief. They cut EBS costs by 70%, enabling finance and DevOps departments to live together in harmony.
The EBS crisis was finally solved and engineers could all live happily ever after.
Are you ready for the next generation of EBS management?
We hope you enjoyed the story of Zesty Disk. While we may have taken minor artistic liberties for entertainment purposes, our value proposition is 100% factual. (Okay so Zesty Disk may not be actual magic, but it is automated by AI, so it’s pretty cool if you ask us 😉 )
Zesty Disk instantly adjusts EBS volumes with zero engineering effort.
Thirteen years after AWS’s release of EC2 Auto-scaling, we believe it’s time for engineers to experience the same auto-scaling capabilities for AWS EBS so they can finally offload the tasks of manually provisioning EBS volumes, forecasting future storage requirements, and performing continuous capacity adjustments.
Are you ready to learn more?