Reduce AWS Costs by 68% on Non-Production Environments

Company Stats:

68% savings

Company Info:

A ride-hailing app built on microservices, using AWS as a cloud provider.

Company Motto:

To work effectively in the cloud and reduce unnecessary spendings.

Introduction

Vertt is a ride-hailing startup based in Switzerland that offers a convenient, efficient, and secure transportation service. Established in 2017, Vertt has a strong goal right from the outset. Vertt is devoted to addressing the very few gaps in the Swiss transportation system. They innovate to offer a solution to society that people don’t even know they need.

Problem

Vertt has been one of our very first clients, using Microtica’s CI/CD automation solution since the beginning. Their team includes full-stack and mobile developers, who used Microtica to fill in the gap of lacking dedicated DevOps professionals. Read more about how we accelerated their DevOps processes here

When it comes to AWS spendings, the team wasn’t aware that they could save more until they saw our new Cloud Waste Management feature in the Microtica Dashboard. This made them realize that they could reduce AWS costs when the system wasn’t in use. 

Occasionally, we would glance at the AWS Cost Explorer and Billing sections to check for any unusual data. But we never took a deeper dive to inspect any unnecessary costs and take action to reduce AWS costs.

Nikola, a full-stack engineer at Vertt

Solution

As the team wasn’t aware of any particular problems with their AWS spendings, they noticed our new feature in the Microtica Dashboard and contacted our team to find out more.

Then, one of our developers made a quick demo for the Vertt team, showing them how the tool works and how to set it up. The onboarding went extremely fast, and the Vertt dev team managed to take the matters into their own hands in no-time.  

How to reduce aws costs?

The team got used to the Cloud Waste Manager immediately. Firstly, every member got introduced to this new feature with a simple memo. Secondly, it was explained how to adjust it and how to enable/disable it when needed. After that, they activated the Cloud Waste Manager on their development and staging environment. This was affecting their AWS RDS, EC2 nodes, and ElasticCache.

Check out our comprehensive guide on creating an AWS cost optimization strategy.

Results

Since our Saving Schedules offer several different possibilities to filter the resources which you want to turn off, the Vertt team took advantage of this functionality. They, for instance, use the most convenient method: they select an entire environment and turn off all the resources in that environment for a particular time period when they are off work. They apply this to both non-production environments: development and testing. Each of these schedules brings 68% of savings for the team

Similarly, after several months of use, they noticed around 40% savings in the billing for RDS only on AWS

By using the Saving Schedules and the Cost Explorer the team keeps up with the defined budget month after month. In other words, their cost varies only 1-2%. This was especially important to them, as they are also a startup that cares greatly about reducing their unnecessary spending whenever possible. 

In conclusion, with Microtica’s Cloud Waste Manager the team can now perform their daily development and testing while saving on resources that would otherwise be unutilized.

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