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Optimizing your cloud


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Many enterprise leaders have similar questions when considering a move to the cloud: How should I optimize my cloud strategy to support the business? How do I help the organization become faster, better and cheaper? How do I increase business agility and drive more and better business analytics and insight? In this webinar you will learn about best practices for optimizing your cloud for better business agility and cost.

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Optimizing your cloud

  1. 1. Optimizing Your Cloud Karl Reeves Senior Solutions Architect 2nd Watch
  2. 2. 2 Key Considerations for Optimization • Evaluate your current environment • Optimize for business agility – how can you go to market faster with more scale and redundancy? • Cost optimization – are you optimizing for cost the right way?
  3. 3. 3 Evaluate your environment • Reassess infrastructure needs • Select website or application that requires a hardware refresh or is in need of an upgrade • Run a TCO comparison
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  5. 5. 5 #1 Start with a use case or an application - Migrating racks vs. migrating application - and know its current utilization #2 Take all the fixed costs into consideration (Don’t forget administration and redundancy costs) #3 Use Updated Pricing (compute, storage and bandwidth) Price cuts, Tiered Pricing and Volume Discounts #4 Leverage Reserved Pricing instead of On-Demand Pricing (Amortize Monthly over 3-5 years) #5 Intangible Cost Savings – Take a closer look at what you get as part of AWS When calculating TCO…
  6. 6.  If you lift and shift to the cloud - don’t bring previous bad practices  You have more flexibility to control costs  Run On-demand until you find your optimal environment  Consider Reserved Instances once you’ve optimized  Use monitoring tools and elastic features for traffic/ processing spikes
  7. 7.  Monitor and adjust – Prices drop – Compute power increases – Application optimization…  Create minimal footprints for production and DR and scale up or down automatically
  8. 8. Optimizing for Business Agility 8 Shrink large processes from months down to days or even hours! Time is Everything! • Provision, test & deploy faster • Deploy new infrastructure in minutes instead of days or weeks • Faster deployments = increased business activity = increased sales & profit
  9. 9. Business Agility Cont. • Build redundant & scalable environments at significant cost savings over existing infrastructure • Automate your entire datacenter to deploy processes faster and more efficiently • Elastic infrastructure allows for fast changes in IT environments
  10. 10. 10 Cost Optimization 70% Cost Savings By migrating to the cloud, businesses on average see a 5-year TCO savings of 70% The Business Value of Amazon Web Services Accelerates Over Time Source: IDC, 2012
  11. 11. 11 Tips for Cost Optimization • Improve application uptime – build redundant systems & plan for failure • Use a multi-datacenter set-up for little more expense than a single datacenter • Elasticity – handle spikes seamlessly without provisioning new hardware
  12. 12. 12 Design for Failure – go ahead it won’t cost much • Remove the datacenter as a single point of failure • Think of a Region as the old datacenter • LAN speeds between AZs
  13. 13. 13 HA Example ‣ HA at each tier ‣ Autoscaling at web and API tier to support dynamic site load ‣ High Data security requirements – HA at IDS, Log Mgmt and auditing tiers ‣ Can lose entire datacenter and maintain production load
  14. 14. Disaster Recovery  Pilot Light – minimum services to maintain critical data  Warm Standby – small instances that can scale  Active-active – route a portion of traffic to DR site
  15. 15. Confidential. Property of 2nd Watch, Inc. 15 Disaster recovery-Pilot Light
  16. 16. Confidential. Property of 2nd Watch, Inc. 16 Pilot Light – Triggering Event
  17. 17. Confidential. Property of 2nd Watch, Inc. 17 Disaster Recovery – “Warm Standby”
  18. 18. Confidential. Property of 2nd Watch, Inc. 18 Warm Standby – Triggering Event
  19. 19. Confidential. Property of 2nd Watch, Inc. 19 Disaster Recovery – “Active-Active”
  20. 20. Confidential. Property of 2nd Watch, Inc. 20 Active – Active Triggering Event
  21. 21.  Determine your actual Recovery Time Objective  Provision the minimal solution needed to meet your RTO  Test your solution periodically and optimize based on your results Key Points for Disaster Recovery
  22. 22. 22 Take Advantage of the Pay for Use Model • Configure a baseline and use Auto Scaling to manage usage spikes • Schedule your servers! – Hint: Our backup server costs < $1 per month • Change your instance size – Installs, busy days, etc.
  23. 23. 23 Manage your storage the way you manage your data • Think of storage classes • Use policies and scripting to move data from one class to another (e.g. hot to cold) • Say goodbye to Tape
  24. 24. 24 Automate your Infrastructure = Lower Labor Costs! • Make a Template for your Application • Manage your Templates in a Source Code Repository – Track Changes! • Deploy/Destroy 100’s or 1000’s of servers and infrastructure with one click
  25. 25. 25 Monitor your costs – keep track of your server spend Use tools like 2W Insight to track individual server spend
  26. 26. 26 Try 2W Insight FREE at “2W Insight was better than all of the other products we looked at.” - Marco Comerchero, Director of IT, SocialVibe 2W Insight
  27. 27. Account Optimizations • Create separate accounts for cost management and segregation of duties – Development / Test – Staging – Production • Monitor account spend month over month • Create alerting for approaching spend limits
  28. 28. Confidential. Property of 2nd Watch, Inc. 28 Q & A
  29. 29. Thank you for your time Keep in Touch Karl Reeves| | | 1-888-317-7920