Voyager Labs saves 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 spent a significant time designing, planning, and purchasing commitment plans.

Key Results

Since implementing Zesty, around 1 year ago, Voyager Labs slashed their EC2 costs by over 35%.

In addition, their engineering team no longer had to manually forecast, plan, and mitigate 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 they grew tremendously. Nowadays, hundreds of customers leverage Voyager Labs’ advanced analytics capabilities. But with high growth comes more complexity in cloud infrastructure. 

In order to manage their large-scale cloud infrastructure, Voyager Labs’ engineers use a cloud management solution that allows them to map their resources, receive right-sizing recommendations, and identify idle and unused resources. 

Still, up until the latest version of their product, Voyager Labs’ cloud environments were comprised 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, their engineering teams began forecasting compute usage in order to purchase RIs (Reserved Instances) to significantly reduce their EC2 costs. 

They came across several challenges when manually purchasing commitments: 

  • The complexity of forecasting based on RI characteristics like Standard\Convertible, Cross AZ, Tenancy, and Upfront resulted in engineers spending far too much time designing, planning, and purchasing commitment plans.
  • Purchasing RIs was useful for the baseline of Voyager Labs’ cloud architecture, but once there were compute usage peaks, they were forced to launch new instances to facilitate the demand which were not covered by savings. 

Before Zesty, we were manually calculating RIs. 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

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

Liran Ben Abu, Head of DevOps

Unlike other cloud management solutions that are dependent on CUR data (which has a 2-3 day data delay), Zesty’s unique technology enabled Voyager Labs to get a real-time overview of their AWS infrastructure in terms of cost and resource allocation.

The personal support we received from Maxim (Zesty CEO) and Alexey (Zesty CTO) 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. It also eliminated the risk of over-provisioning by guaranteeing a buy-back of any over-provisioned servers, which was a win-win for the Voyager Labs 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

After implementing Zesty about one year ago, Voyager Labs was 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 into 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