Cloud Cost Optimization is a capability within PyraCloud that allows organizations to deliver optimization to their cloud infrastructure, and deliver savings through various strategies that form a part of the framework.
- Studies show that organizations are wasting approximately 35-45% of their cloud spend. Areas of waste include over-provisioned or idle instances, abandoned cloud resources, and sub-optimal license assignment methodology. Customers do not maximize value in license assignments, and most do not have a process to check compliance.
- SoftwareONE continuously follows the Azure pricing mechanisms to pinpoint ways that will allow for right-costing and right-sizing savings.
- Right-costing savings are those that allow you to optimize costs by leveraging commercial/licensing constructs
- Right-sizing savings are those that allow you to optimize cost by changing the technical specifications of the resources that are running in the cloud environment
- SoftwareONE’s Cloud Cost Optimization Service leverages our unique methodology to achieve the best of both right-costing and right-sizing optimization strategies.
Accessing Cloud Cost Optimization
The Cloud Cost Optimization project can be accessed through the menu item under Services -> Cloud Cost Optimization on the left navigation bar.
The Cloud Cost Optimization Overview page is broken down into two sections –
Overview Chart and the Overview Grid.
- The top pane summarizes savings through a pie chart and a few key metrics (see figure below).
The top pane summarizes the following metrics –
- Savings breakdown by Strategy – The pie chart shows a percentage breakdown of achievable Savings as a proportion of the total savings. For e.g. in the chart above, Savings through Azure Hybrid Benefit is 41.45% of Total Predicted Savings (EUR 1,080,421.31). All the numbers are calculated for 1 year or 3 years depending on the selection in the dropdown.
- Year selection – The metrics shown on the top pane are based on the year selection of 1 year or 3 years.
- Total Predicted Cost – This value represents the cost of your Azure environment over the next year or three years.
- Total Predicted Savings – This value represents the savings achievable as a proportion of the total cost.
2. The bottom pane contains a grid that breaks down the savings achievable through each of the strategies (see figure below).
The Strategy pages each explain an optimization strategy that allows you to achieve savings. This section explains components of any optimization strategy, and allows you to understand common operations on these pages.
The nine strategies in Cloud Cost Optimization are listed below. If you are looking for something specific relating to any of these strategies, please navigate to the appropriate strategy section.
- Orphaned Resources
- Resource Automation
- Cross Region Optimization
- Instance Modernization
- Reserved Instances
- Azure Hybrid Benefit
- Bring your own License
Navigating to next strategy
One can navigate to the next strategy in sequence by clicking on the Next Strategy arrow to the top right of the page.
Marking a strategy as complete / Re-opening a strategy
A strategy can be marked as complete only if all previous strategies are completed. This is because every complete strategy influences the savings achievable on subsequent strategies. Marking a strategy as complete, will mean no changes can be made to the strategy i.e. no resources can be dismissed from the strategy, or no already dismissed resources can be included in the strategy. In order to do these operations on a completed strategy, one has to re-open a strategy.
One can reopen a strategy, only if all strategies subsequent to it are open.
Key Metrics on Strategy pages
This indicates the year selection that the rest of the metrics are based on. This can only be changed by the Cloud Cost Optimization Consultant. Please reach out to them if you want to change this.
Cost at point of optimization
This indicates the cost at the point of optimizing all the impacted resources in the strategy.
Why is it called “Cost at point of optimization” ?
Lets take an example of a resource which is a candidate for the Rightsizing and Cross-Region Optimization strategies. Let us assume that the cost of the resource today is 100$ a year. The cost at point of optimization of the resource on the Rightsizing strategy page will show up as 100$. However, if the resource is being recommended to be rightsized, so that the new cost of the resource is 50$, then the cost at the point of optimization of the resource on the Cross-Region Optimization strategy will show up as 50$. Cost at point of optimization takes into account all savings for the resource on previous strategies. If you want to look at the cost of the resource, Click on customize grid, and choose “Predicted Current Cost”.
Cost at point of optimization for the strategy is the sum of the cost at point of optimization of all resources in the Impacted Resources tab of the strategy.
Predicted new nost
This is the predicted new cost of the resources in the strategy once the strategy optimizations have been applied to the resources in the strategy.
Predicted new savings
This is the amount of money you can save on the resources in the Impacted resources tab of the given strategy.
Impacted Resources Tab
This tab shows you a list of the resources that are being recommended as a candidate for the specific strategy optimization in question. If you do not want to optimize the resource using the optimization recommend, one can dismiss the resource from the strategy. Dismissing the strategy will move the strategy into the Dismissed tab, and will not count the cost and savings from the resource towards that strategy.
What if an impacted resource is no longer a candidate for a strategy ?
In such a scenario, the system will automatically remove the affected candidate from the Impacted Resources tab, and will appropriately reflect the costs and savings on the Strategy and the Overview pages.
Similarly, if a new resource is identified as a candidate for a strategy, then the resource will be automatically included in the strategy and the Impacted Resources tab.
The dismissed tab shows resources that have been manually excluded from a strategy by a user. Any dismissed resource can be included back in the strategy so long as the strategy has not been marked as complete.
Review Changes Tab
The review changes tab is a list of all changes to resource candidates applied automatically by the system. Newly identified candidates will show up in the Review Changes tab till they are marked as reviewed as well as the Impacted Resources tab. Candidates which are no longer candidates will also show up in the Review changes tab with status “Removed”.
Advanced Filters on Impacted Resources, Dismissed and Review Changes tab
There are a host of filters one can use to narrow the data you are seeing on the tabs based on specific criteria. The filters available are
- Resource Name
- Resource Group
Please note that applying a filter will filter all the pages within the tab, as opposed to just the page you are on.
Exporting data from Cloud Cost Optimization
Each of the strategy pages enable users to export data on the grid to an excel file using the Export button on the top right of the grid.
Strategy – Orphaned Resources
The Orphaned resources allows one to identify resources that can be shut down or decommissioned as they are not being effectively utilized.
Note that resources that show up in Orphaned Resources, will not show up in other strategies, as they will be shut down on completion of the Orphaned Resources strategy.
Strategy – DEV/TEST
This strategy identifies resources that can be flagged as Development or Test resources, thereby reducing overall cost on the resource.
Strategy – Rightsizing
This strategy identifies resources that can be rightsized to a lower tier/size, thereby reducing overall cost on the resource.
Strategy – Instance Modernization
Instance modernization is about paying the best price for the same resource while maintaining or improving its capabilities.
Strategy – Cross Region Optimization
This strategy identifies resources that can be rehoused in a cheaper region, thereby reducing overall cost on the resource.
Strategy Level Configuration for Cross-region Optimization
Optimization recommendations for this strategy are dependent on selection of a region subset. This selection is done either by the customer or by the consultant.
If the regions have not been selected by the consultant, then you may likely see this on the Cross-Region Optimization strategy page –
In order to move forward, kindly select the regions by clicking on Edit, and select the regions and save changes.
Resource Level Region Configuration for Cross-region Optimization
Similar to the regions that can be selected at the strategy level, a region can also be overridden per resource. You may typically want to do this, if there is a particular resource that you want to house in a fixed region, regardless of the savings available through other regions.
You can do this by navigating to Resource Details -> Edit as show below.
Strategy – Resource Automation
This strategy identifies resources that can be automated to be on during certain times of the day and shut down during others.
Resource Level Uptime Configuration for Resource Automation
An uptime window can be configured on resource level using Resource Details -> Edit, as shown below.
Strategy – Reserved Instances
If a resource is planned to be used more than 60% of the time during a year, it might make sense to commit the consumption for a period of 1 or 3 years. Doing this can result in savings of up to 40% on compute cost, depending on the resource being committed.
Resource Level Reserved Instance Term Configuration
Reserved Instance term can be configured on resource level using Resource Details -> Edit, as shown below.
Strategy – Azure Hybrid Benefit
Hybrid Use Benefits for Windows Sever provides, under specific conditions, the option to bring your own Windows Licenses, with active Software Assurance to cover virtual machine licenses in Azure. Using this benefit could save up to 40% on license costs, which are normally hidden behind the virtual machine cost.
Strategy – Bring your own License
Similar to Hybrid Use Benefits, Bring Your Own License benefits allow customers to bring other licenses to Azure, and receive discount for the licensing portion of the cost. In this section we calculate savings for Microsoft SQL Server and Redhat Enterprise License.