Provisioning Cloud resources might seem an easy task that just involves adding payment details to start using plethora of resources suited for everyone’s needs. Based on the computing resource requirements, an enterprise has the option to choose from different Cloud computing services – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). However, no enterprise can fully leverage the benefits of Cloud computing without improving Cloud efficiency.
The pay-as-you-go model of Cloud computing, and easy access to scalable computing power may often lead to slight ignorance and consequently less efficiency. The best course of businesses facing such issues is heading toward Cloud optimization. Cloud optimization is the process of correctly selecting and assigning the right resources to a workload or application. When workload performance, compliance, and costs are correctly and continually balanced against the best-fit infrastructure in real time, efficiency is achieved.
The infrastructure needs for applications and workloads are unique for each enterprise and evolve over time. Businesses traditionally achieve baseline performance by applying domain knowledge when selecting resources for a workload. However, all workloads that have been manually matched to Cloud resources can benefit and be further optimized using Optimization as a Service.
Optimization-as-a-Service (OaaS) provides every tool to achieve cost and resource optimization for greater efficiency when dealing with Cloud resources. OaaS is all about aligning right resources as per actual requirements by monitoring infrastructure, and drawing conclusions about what resources can be upgraded, downgraded, or even eliminated.
Centlytics’ OaaS finds every optimization opportunity
OaaS monitors and analyzes the patterns of each workload — including usage, history, and operational cost. It then combines this analysis with knowledge of the existing Cloud services and configurations, and delivers recommendations to improve workload-to-service matching. These insights help IT Operations make better Cloud decisions and accelerate business innovation.
OaaS gives power to end-user by providing the freedom to choose customized thresholds regarding every resource. OaaS also notifies when threshold is about to be reached to keeps end-user informed about every inefficiency. The thresholds can be set on CPU, Memory, Network, and IOPS to take full control of resources.
The most common strategy for long-term savings that companies often utilize is Reserved Instances (RIs). Not paying attention to RIs can also increase inefficiency in terms of over-provisioning and under-utilization. To tackle this, OaaS splits and merges RIs to achieve 100% ROI while monitoring utilization of RIs. RI recommendations offered by OaaS play a critical role in shifting user’s mindset from being reactive to proactive. RI recommendations include normalization factor analysis (concept introduced by AWS) and savings plan recommendations.
From providing quick saving recommendations to long-term recommendations on how to effectively use RIs, Centilytics platform helps user in every step of their Cloud journey.
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