Cloud Cost Optimization with the AWS Well-Architected Framework

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Cost optimization is at the heart of operating in the cloud. The ability to do more with less – accelerate your business with lower infrastructure costs – is one of the strongest promises of operating in the cloud.  

If you’re looking for guidance on how MacroNet and Amazon Web Services (AWS) can help you build more cost-effective infrastructure for your applications and workloads, we recommend referencing their AWS Well-Architected Framework 

What is the AWS Well-Architected Framework?

The AWS Well-Architected framework started as a single white paper but has expanded into a widely adopted methodology and practice that provides architects a consistent approach to evaluate their AWS infrastructure and implement designs that scale over time. The Framework consists of 5 pillars:  

  1. Operational Excellence 
  2. Security 
  3. Reliability 
  4. Performance Efficiency 
  5. Cost Optimization 

MacroNet is proud to be among an exclusive group of partners certified to evaluate the cost optimization pillar of this framework and works with companies nationwide to assess and advise on how they can run their systems better, to deliver the most business value at the lowest price point.   

How Does MacroNet Help Customers Optimize their AWS Costs?

Using the AWS Well-Architected Framework, Cost Optimization pillar as a foundation, we work collaboratively with the customer to educate them on the following 5 Design Principles for Cost Optimization in the Cloud.  

Adopting these principles will help them understand and control where money is being spent, help them select the most appropriate and right number of resource types, analyze spend over time, and scale without overspending.  

The 5 Cloud Optimization Design Principles

1.Implement Cloud Financial Management

One of the foundational principles is enlisting your organization and key business stakeholders to dedicate time and resources to invest in Cloud Cost Optimization. Without this support and unified investment, companies will fail in addressing their cost challenges. Ensure your team is on board to build their knowledge of cost optimization, will support programming and resources, and help implement process improvements to become a cost-efficient organization.

2. Adopt a Consumption Model 

Implement a pay-for-use model for computing resources. This requires increasing or decreasing usage depending on business requirements, not by using elaborate forecasting 

3. Measure Overall Efficiency 

Implement a process to measure the business output of your workloads and associated costs with delivering it. This will help you evaluate the gains you make from increasing output and reducing costs.  

4. Stop Spending Money on Undifferentiated Heavy Lifting 

One of the greatest benefits of a provider like AWS is that they do the heavy lifting for you, like racking, stacking, and powering servers. This removes the operational burden of managing operating systems so you can focus on your customer and your business.  

5. Analyze and Attribute Expenditure 

Operating in the cloud makes it easier to identify the usage and costs of systems with greater transparency which will help you accurately measure ROI and give workload owners the opportunity to optimize their own resources.  

Start Your Cost Optimization Journey

Cost Optimization is a journey, not a destination. Its important to empower your organization to embrace a cloud-first mindset and ensure that a true cost optimization journey takes time, resources, and commitment from all part of the organization.  

Using the Cost Optimization Pillar and a partner with experience implementing these best practices from ideation to completion will you develop processes that keep your cloud infrastructure as lean and effective as possible.  

Learn more about the other AWS Well-Architected pillars here.  

Need Help Optimizing Your AWS Spend?

MacroNet is among an exclusive group of partners certified to assess customer workloads using the AWS Well-Architected Framework. We have helped numerous customers analyze their AWS services and pricing option to make sure that are only paying for they need. Schedule a free consultation today! 

AUTHOR

Gary Sloper
Managing Partner, Co-Founder MacroNet Services

Gary Sloper is responsible for the Global Consulting practice focused on Solution Design, Cost Reduction, Management and Strategy for customers.

Prior to Macronet Services, Gary was the VP of Solution Engineering & Customer Success for Dyn a DNS & Edge Security company who exited to Oracle for over $500 Million. Post-acquisition, Gary continued to lead those global teams and product set, powering Oracle’s Gartner leading IaaS portfolio.

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