Voyager Labs save more than 35% on their EC2 costs, hands-free

Key Challenges

Due to the complexity of forecasting based on the various RI characteristics (Standard\Convertible, Cross AZ, Tenancy, Upfront), engineers are spending a significant amount of time designing, planning, and purchasing commitment plans.

Key Results

Since Voyager labs fully implemented Zesty, approximately 1 year ago, they were able to slash their EC2 costs by more than 35%.

Zesty relieved engineering teams from forecasting, planning, and mitigating to capacity changes

The Challenge:
Manual RI Calculation

Ever since Voyager Labs began its journey with AWS, its cutting edge AI technology progressed, its product portfolio expanded, and nowadays, hundreds of customers from the public and private sectors leverage the advanced analytics capabilities Voyager Labs is offering. 

As part of their efforts to manage large-scale cloud infrastructure, Voyager labs engineers are using a Cloud management solution that allows them to map their resources, receive right-sizing recommendations, and identify idle and unused resources. 

Up until the latest version of their product, Voyager Lab’s cloud environments were composed of thousands of On-Demand EC2 instances, which skyrocketed their AWS bill.

Due to data privacy regulations, every customer on-boarding the platform receives an isolated OD (On-Demand) EC2 environment, which resulted in ever-growing compute costs

Liran Ben Abu, Head of DevOps

After redesigning their cloud infrastructure, engineering teams began forecasting compute usage to purchase RI’s (Reserved Instances) in order to significantly reduce their EC2 costs. 

During this process, Voyager Labs’ engineers quickly came to realize that they are facing several challenges when dealing with manually purchasing commitments: 

  • Due to the complexity of forecasting based on the various RI characteristics (Standard\Convertible, Cross AZ, Tenancy, Upfront), engineers are spending a significant amount of time designing, planning, and purchasing commitment plans. 
  • Purchasing RI’s is useful for the baseline of their cloud architecture, but once there were compute usage peaks, the new instances that were launched to facilitate the rise in demand were not covered by savings. 

Before Zesty, we were manually calculating RI’s, it took a huge amount of time and effort, and even then we were not fully covered by savings

Liran Ben Abu, Head of DevOps

Zesty’s Solution:
Automatic Life-cycle management of RI’s

A mutual partner introduced Liran (Head of DevOps) and Shachar (IT Manager) to Maxim (Zesty’s CEO and Co-founder) and Alexey (Zesty’s CTO and Co-founder), and after a short demo call, they began connecting their AWS accounts to see the platform in action. 

Liran and the team were especially interested in Zesty’s automated commitment manager because they felt that key feature will address their ever-growing challenge of managing an RI fleet. 

After a short learning period, Zesty’s AI engine understood Voyager Labs’ compute usage patterns and began purchasing commitments with the most lucrative discounts.

The dashboard is intuitive and provides real-time visibility into our AWS bill, and was super easy to integrate into our environment

Liran Ben Abu, Head of DevOps

Thanks to Zesty’s unique technology, Voyager Labs were able to have a real-time overview of their AWS infrastructure in terms of cost and resource allocation, unlike other cloud management solutions that are dependent on the CUR data, which has a 2-3 days data delay.

The personal support we received from Maxim and Alexey during the on-boarding was beyond words, and we knew that Zesty was the partner we needed

Liran Ben Abu, Head of DevOps

The Zesty platform enabled the engineering team to maximize its potential savings by constantly purchasing and selling commitment plans, and eliminated the risk of Overprovisioning by guaranteeing a buy-back of any overprovisioned servers, so it was a win-win for the team.

Zesty’s commitment manager which automatically sells unused RI’s in the AWS marketplace is revolutionary in the cloud optimization niche

Liran Ben Abu, Head of DevOps

The Result:
Significant Cost
Reduction

Since Voyager labs fully implemented Zesty, approximately 1 year ago, they were able to slash their EC2 costs by more than 35%. 

I fully understood the platform’s value once I saw that we were saving more than 50K a month without even logging in to the system

Liran Ben Abu, Head of DevOps

Besides significantly reducing the costs of their EC2 fleet, Zesty relieved engineering teams from forecasting, planning, and mitigating capacity changes, thanks to its real-time AI engine.

Zesty is a very clever solution, and the fact that it’s hands-free allows us to focus more on product development and growth

Liran Ben Abu, Head of DevOps