When the VP of Engineering for a leading CRM company saw her annual cloud spend had reached $3 million, she knew the need for cost management was urgent.
With multiple entities — different business units and cost centers — driving her company’s cloud consumption, her first priority was to determine what each entity was spending for accurate chargeback and showback. Though cloud vendors provide basic billing and spending information, the ability to allocate cloud accounts, resources and the associated costs to an entity was lacking.
How to get more for less
Additionally, she wanted to shed light on her cloud’s dark areas — pricing inefficiencies and wasted resources — to show the CFO that every dollar spent on the cloud had maximum ROI. While she adhered to cloud best practices, she really needed actionable recommendations to optimize her spend.
Getting it done right with Cloudyn
After engaging Cloudyn in 2013, she was able to clearly visualize a breakdown of cloud cost drivers and provide relevant stakeholders with their own unique access to the cost and usage data relevant to them.
Cost optimization and what-if tools helped her determine the best pricing plans for future capacity, while visibility into unused resources and potential opportunities for re-allocating them helped her ensure that her deployment utilization is maximized.
Within three months of using Cloudyn, she reduced her cloud spend by $500,000 while creating a sustainable framework for ensuring cost-efficient and fully optimized cloud consumption.