“Ultimately Zesty was better and more cost efficient than Savings Plans. If that weren’t the case we wouldn’t have moved over to Zesty. Yes, it reduces the workload as well, but it’s the cost reduction that makes it all worth it. The fact that I don’t have to do anything as well makes it even better.”

Nadav Izraely
Senior Director Platform Delivery

“Zesty was very easy to onboard, we only needed to create an IAM role and it works. I don’t need to do anything to get it to work, just works in the background.”

Nadav Izraely
Senior Director Platform Delivery

“The security stakes with Zesty are very low, there’s no risk to customer data because Zesty doesn’t have any access to customer data. Permissions are highly limited to just purchasing RI to the aws account.” 

Nadav Izraely
Senior Director Platform Delivery

Customer
Brief

Kaltura is a SaaS-based video creation, management, and distribution service. Their real-time on-demand video products are used by millions of individuals from a variety of industries worldwide such as media services, educational institutions, large enterprise organizations, and more. Their products power video experiences and workflows to improve communication, training, collaboration, learning, customer onboarding, and more.

Key
Challenges

Difficulty getting visibility into cost allocations with Savings Plans and too much time spent manually calculating discounts.

Key
Results

With zero engineering input, Zesty automatically provided Kaltura with 97% RI coverage, reducing EC2 costs by 40%.

The Challenge:

Too Much Time Spent Manually Managing Cloud Costs

Because Kaltura was already invested in cloud cost optimization, the company was utilizing AWS Savings Plans (SPs) to achieve significant discounts on AWS EC2. While the team was pleased with how easy SPs were to set up and how quickly the savings kicked in, there were some drawbacks of using this method.

It was difficult to get insights and visibility into cost allocations when using SPs, which resulted in the team having very little insight into cost attribution both in terms of how much they’re paying or what exactly they’re paying for. They still had to go through AWS Cost Explorer and other third party tools to drill down to a specific instance, find the instance type and processor, then compare it to AWS’s pricing list to understand how much of a discount they were achieving. 

Since the team was managing over 60 accounts, there was a ton of information to go through and millions of dollars of spend to allocate. Analyzing it all was a lot of work with very little pay off. 

In addition, they also used On-Demand instances to cover peaks in usage, such as around the beginning of the school year (September-October) due to increased usage by their customers in the education industry. Because events like this were “one-off” Kaltura did not want to put these workloads on Spot Instances due to their inherent risk. So, they ended up paying a premium for this temporary spikes.

Zesty’s Solution:

Maximized Savings with Minimum Risk

After deep analysis of their AWS savings, Kaltura found that they would achieve a greater discount with Zesty RIs than with the SPs they were already using. 

The team looked into alternative tools, but found that their discount allocation structure was based on SPs and other commitments that offer a lower discount, so their saving potential was not as great. Furthermore, it required an indepth analysis to allocate discounts to the appropriate workloads and Kaltura was looking for a solution that would reduce their manual workload. 

Another benefit of Zesty was security. Being a public company, Kaltura needs to make sure that any vendor they onboard, is adhering to the highest security protocols. So Kaltura’s SOC team sent a security questionnaire which Zesty passed with flying colors in terms of pen-test results. Zesty treads very lightly on customer infrastructure, it only requires IAM role permissions to access the billin account and does not interfere with instance, require any code changes or touch customer data. As there was very little risk to customer data, Kaltura’s security team was confident in Zesty’s solution. 

With Zesty, Kaltura was able to leverage automated discounts of three-year RIs without being locked into a three year contract. Furthermore, because the company was still committed to SPs they had previously purchased, Zesty gave the right-of-way to SPs to cover workloads first and allowed Zesty to pick up the remainder with RIs–so that Kaltura maintained optimal value from their previously made investments. 

kaltura graph

The Result:

Goodbye Monthly Savings Checkup, Hello Effortless AWS Savings

Onboarding with Zesty was simple and the savings started immediately, quickly meeting their previous savings ceiling and gradually surpassing it. Kaltura now covers 97% of their suitable workloads and is saving around 40% off On-Demand costs.

In addition to ample savings on EC2, Kaltura achieved these numbers with absolutely minimal effort. Once connected the savings started to automatically roll in they no longer have to do a monthly review to try and get visibility into savings. Management of discount now involves just a monthly review to reconcile Zesty savings with their AWS Cost Explorer. At just the touch of a button they also have a breakdown of each of their instances, the degree to which it is covered by RIs, the costs it’s generating and the respective savings. 

Furthermore, because Zesty offers such tremendous discounts over SPs, Kaltura is gradually covering more of their workloads to Zesty’s RIs as their SPs expire, allowing them to off load the regular management and oversight that is otherwise required. Today, Zesty has been scaled out across Kaltura’s entire infrastructure where every business unit in R&D has at least some of their workloads optimized with Zesty.

Bottom line– with Zesty, Kaltura is able to achieve the highest AWS discounts available with no risk and no effort, making it a no-brainer for their team. 

Customer
Brief

Kaltura is a SaaS-based video creation, management, and distribution service. Their real-time on-demand video products are used by millions of individuals from a variety of industries worldwide such as media services, educational institutions, large enterprise organizations, and more. Their products power video experiences and workflows to improve communication, training, collaboration, learning, customer onboarding, and more.

Key
Challenges

Difficulty getting visibility into cost allocations with Savings Plans and too much time spent manually calculating discounts.

Key
Results

With zero engineering input, Zesty automatically provided Kaltura with 97% RI coverage, reducing EC2 costs by 40%.

“Ultimately Zesty was better and more cost efficient than Savings Plans. If that weren’t the case we wouldn’t have moved over to Zesty. Yes, it reduces the workload as well, but it’s the cost reduction that makes it all worth it. The fact that I don’t have to do anything as well makes it even better.”

Nadav Izraely
Senior Director Platform Delivery
The Challenge:
Too Much Time Spent Manually Managing Cloud Costs

Because Kaltura was already invested in cloud cost optimization, the company was utilizing AWS Savings Plans (SPs) to achieve significant discounts on AWS EC2. While the team was pleased with how easy SPs were to set up and how quickly the savings kicked in, there were some drawbacks of using this method.

It was difficult to get insights and visibility into cost allocations when using SPs, which resulted in the team having very little insight into cost attribution both in terms of how much they’re paying or what exactly they’re paying for. They still had to go through AWS Cost Explorer and other third party tools to drill down to a specific instance, find the instance type and processor, then compare it to AWS’s pricing list to understand how much of a discount they were achieving. 

Since the team was managing over 60 accounts, there was a ton of information to go through and millions of dollars of spend to allocate. Analyzing it all was a lot of work with very little pay off. 

In addition, they also used On-Demand instances to cover peaks in usage, such as around the beginning of the school year (September-October) due to increased usage by their customers in the education industry. Because events like this were “one-off” Kaltura did not want to put these workloads on Spot Instances due to their inherent risk. So, they ended up paying a premium for this temporary spikes.

“Zesty was very easy to onboard, we only needed to create an IAM role and it works. I don’t need to do anything to get it to work, just works in the background.”

Nadav Izraely
Senior Director Platform Delivery
Zesty’s Solution:
Maximized Savings with Minimum Risk

After deep analysis of their AWS savings, Kaltura found that they would achieve a greater discount with Zesty RIs than with the SPs they were already using. 

The team looked into alternative tools, but found that their discount allocation structure was based on SPs and other commitments that offer a lower discount, so their saving potential was not as great. Furthermore, it required an indepth analysis to allocate discounts to the appropriate workloads and Kaltura was looking for a solution that would reduce their manual workload. 

Another benefit of Zesty was security. Being a public company, Kaltura needs to make sure that any vendor they onboard, is adhering to the highest security protocols. So Kaltura’s SOC team sent a security questionnaire which Zesty passed with flying colors in terms of pen-test results. Zesty treads very lightly on customer infrastructure, it only requires IAM role permissions to access the billin account and does not interfere with instance, require any code changes or touch customer data. As there was very little risk to customer data, Kaltura’s security team was confident in Zesty’s solution. 

With Zesty, Kaltura was able to leverage automated discounts of three-year RIs without being locked into a three year contract. Furthermore, because the company was still committed to SPs they had previously purchased, Zesty gave the right-of-way to SPs to cover workloads first and allowed Zesty to pick up the remainder with RIs–so that Kaltura maintained optimal value from their previously made investments. 

kaltura graph

The Result:
Goodbye Monthly Savings Checkup, Hello Effortless AWS Savings

Onboarding with Zesty was simple and the savings started immediately, quickly meeting their previous savings ceiling and gradually surpassing it. Kaltura now covers 97% of their suitable workloads and is saving around 40% off On-Demand costs.

In addition to ample savings on EC2, Kaltura achieved these numbers with absolutely minimal effort. Once connected the savings started to automatically roll in they no longer have to do a monthly review to try and get visibility into savings. Management of discount now involves just a monthly review to reconcile Zesty savings with their AWS Cost Explorer. At just the touch of a button they also have a breakdown of each of their instances, the degree to which it is covered by RIs, the costs it’s generating and the respective savings. 

Furthermore, because Zesty offers such tremendous discounts over SPs, Kaltura is gradually covering more of their workloads to Zesty’s RIs as their SPs expire, allowing them to off load the regular management and oversight that is otherwise required. Today, Zesty has been scaled out across Kaltura’s entire infrastructure where every business unit in R&D has at least some of their workloads optimized with Zesty.

Bottom line– with Zesty, Kaltura is able to achieve the highest AWS discounts available with no risk and no effort, making it a no-brainer for their team. 

“The security stakes with Zesty are very low, there’s no risk to customer data because Zesty doesn’t have any access to customer data. Permissions are highly limited to just purchasing RI to the aws account.” 

Nadav Izraely
Senior Director Platform Delivery
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