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Your AWS Costs?

Free Cost
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Optimize Your IT Costs & Streamline Operations!

There’s never been a more important time to seriously review your IT costs & operations.  Your resources are precious and should be leveraged to drive the maximum value for your customers and your business.  Zuggand and AWS can help you take control of your costs, while modernizing your applications to meet all your requirements.  We are dedicated to helping you achieve your largest savings possible.

Whether you are just starting your cloud journey, looking to save money on existing AWS workloads or exploring how to scale new innovative offerings – Cost Optimization is critical. 

We provide real results! Read about how Zuggand has saved customers up to $27,000 per month.

Why Cost Optimization?

If you’re thinking about moving to the cloud, there’s never a better time to do it! Read our article in The Zone about the Cost Optimization Assessment.

Cost Optimization Best Practices

Clouds

IMPLEMENT CLOUD FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Invest in building strong Cloud Financial Management and Cost Optimization capabilities. Dedicate time and resources to increase your knowledge, understanding, skills, programs, and processes of how cloud native capabilities impact your operations and can be leveraged in your organization.

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ADOPT A CONSUMPTION MODEL

Pay only for the computing resources that you require and increase or decrease usage depending on business requirements.  Gone are the days of complex forecasting and purchasing extra capacity you may (or may not) need in the future.  Shut down resources like development and test environments when not in use.

Increasing Bars

MEASURE OVERALL EFFICIENCY

Focus on business objectives and measure the business output of the workload and the costs associated with delivering it. Use these metrics to make intelligent investments in increasing or reducing costs.

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STOP SPENDING MONEY ON UNDIFFERENTIATED HEAVY LIFTING

Take advantage of AWS’ core data center and hardware infrastructure.  Don’t sink massive amounts of capital into facilities, power management, networking, racks, servers and storage equipment. Stop using key team members to maintain operating systems and patching.  Move up the technology stack as far as it makes business sense so you are focused on what differentiates your business and drives value to your customers.

Assess

ANALYZE & ATTRIBUTE EXPENDITURES

Increase your IT financial transparency to accurately identify the usage and cost of systems, which then allows transparent attribution of IT costs to individual workload owners. Improve your ability to accurately measure Return on Investment (ROI) and business owners the opportunity to optimize their resources and reduce costs.

Cost Optimization Journey

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Where do we start?

Optimizing your IT costs requires some art and science.  From the diagram above you can see how many organizations initially look at moving to the cloud and do a simple analysis of moving from On-Prem to a simple Lift & Shift into the cloud.  Yes, you can save some money, but that’s not the real value of taking advantage of the cloud.  These vanilla cloud migrations often lead people frustrated because they feel they didn’t gain much value. But you can also see that this diagram also shows that that is the only first stage of many options that you can take advantage of.

Zuggand Cost Optimization Services

AWS Cost Optimization Assessment

Zuggand offers a comprehensive AWS Cost Optimization Assessment for free to all existing and new customers.  We leverage the proven methodology and best practices of the Well-Architected Review and dive deeper into your IT operations, costs and business requirements.  A simple report or cost calculator will only deliver so much value. Over the years we’ve developed the following comprehensive Cost Optimization Strategies:

Results

Analyze Spend by AWS Services

Wash

Cleanup Resources

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Rightsize Instances

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Improve Resource Utilization

Calendar

Automate Resource Scheduling

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Leverage Containers, Serverless & Managed Services

Clean

Cleanup & Archive Data

Prioritize

Prioritize Applications & Software

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Application & Database Modernization

Cost Cutting

Take Advantage of AWS Savings Plan & Reserved / Spot Instances

Financial

Implement Cloud Cost Analytics

Invoice

Consolidate IT Billing

Budget

Leverage Funding & Pricing Promotions

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Build Trusted Relationships with AWS & Zuggand

Tools We Use

Use Cases Capabilities AWS Resources
Migrate Build a data-driven business case for optimizing on-premises workloads in AWS Migration Evaluator
Organize Construct your cost allocation and governance foundation with your own tagging strategy AWS Cost Allocation Tags | AWS Cost Categories
Report Raise awareness and accountability of your cloud spend with the detailed, allocable cost data AWS Cost Explorer | AWS Cost and Usage Report
Access Track billing information across the organization in a consolidated view AWS Consolidated Billing | AWS Credits
Control Establish effective governance mechanisms with the right guardrails in place AWS Identity and Access Management AWS Organizations | AWS Control Tower | AWS Service Catalog
Forecast Estimate your resource utilization and spend with forecast dashboards that you create AWS Cost Explorer (Self-Service) | AWS Budgets (Event-Driven)
Budget Keep your spend in check with custom budget threshold and auto alert notification AWS Budgets | AWS Budget Alerts via Chime and Slack | AWS Service Catalog
Purchase Leverage free trials and programmatic discounts based on your workload pattern and needs AWS Free Tier | AWS Reserved Instances | AWS Savings Plans | AWS Spot Instances | Amazon DynamoDB On-demand
Elasticity Scale and schedule your services based on your expected utilization pattern and needs AWS Instance Scheduler Amazon Redshift pause and resume | EC2 Auto Scaling | AWS Trusted Advisor
Rightsize Align your service allocation size to your actual workload demand AWS Cost Explorer Right Sizing Recommendations | AWS Compute Optimizer | Amazon Redshift resize | Amazon S3 Intelligent Tiering
Inspect Stay up-to-date with your resource deployment and cost optimization opportunities AWS Cost Explorer

Tools We Use

Use Cases Capabilities AWS Resources
Migrate Build a data-driven
business case for
optimizing on-premises
workloads in AWS
-Migration Evaluator
Organize Construct your cost
allocation and
governance foundation
with your own tagging
strategy
-AWS Cost
Allocation Tags

-AWS Cost Categories
Report Raise awareness and
accountability of your
cloud spend with the
detailed, allocable cost
data
-AWS Cost Explorer
-AWS Cost and
Usage Report
Access Track billing information
across the organization
in a consolidated view
-AWS
Consolidated
Billing

-AWS Credits
Control Establish effective
governance
mechanisms with the
right guardrails in place
-AWS Identity
and Access
Management

-AWS Organizations
-AWS Control Tower
-AWS Service Catalog
Forecast Estimate your resource
utilization and spend
with forecast
dashboards that you
create
-AWS Cost Explorer
(Self-Service)

-AWS Budgets
(Event-Driven)
Budget Keep your spend in
check with custom
budget threshold and
auto alert notification
-AWS Budgets
-AWS Budget
Alerts via Chime
and Slack

-AWS Service Catalog
Purchase Leverage free trials and
programmatic
discounts based on
your workload pattern
and needs
-AWS Free Tier
-AWS Reserved Instances
-AWS Savings Plans
-AWS Spot Instances
-Amazon DynamoDB
On-demand
Elasticity Scale and schedule
your services based on
your expected
utilization
pattern and needs
-AWS Instance
Scheduler

-Amazon
Redshift pause
and resume

-EC2 Auto
Scaling

-AWS Trusted
Advisor
Rightsize Align your service
allocation size to your
actual workload
demand
-AWS Cost Explorer
Right Sizing
Recommendations

-AWS Compute Optimizer
-Amazon Redshift resize
-Amazon S3 Intelligent
Tiering
Inspect Stay up-to-date with
your resource
deployment and
cost optimization
opportunities
-AWS Cost Explorer

Free Optimization & License Assessment

Analyze your current provisioning, consumption & costs of Windows workloads against an Optimized AWS implementation.  This assessment is targeted to on-prem or collocated workloads you are interested in migrating to the cloud.  Free Assessment – Find out how now!

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This assessment is key for developing a comprehensive migration and licensing strategy. AWS OLA will provide you with a report that will model your deployment options, using existing licensing entitlements. These results can help you explore available cost savings across our flexible licensing options.

Real Results

Whether you are running a new startup or a massive enterprise investing in cost optimization can deliver real results.  We’ve seen customers save as little as $1000 / Year but we had one customer that saved $27K / Month with only instance right-sizing & storage optimization!  Another one of our customers took this process super seriously and reduced their operating costs by way more than $1.3M / Year.  We’ve love to talk with you to see how how cost optimization can amplify your impact!

Get started today with your AWS Cost Optimization Deep Dive or Optimization & License Assessment!

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