Create an AMI with reduced size root volume to save cost

AWS has democratized IT infrastructure so today any individuals can start a nimble company with near zero upfront capital investment. While I love AWS so much I still routinely find things that could be, and should have been, improved.  One … Read More

8 New Features Recently Announced by AWS That Help Reduce Spend

We’re always on the alert for new angles to save money on cloud services, which is often exciting and sometimes challenging, considering the pace at which providers introduce new services. AWS continues to announce new features on a daily basis … Read More

‘Optimize CPUs for AWS EC2 instances’ – A Cost Reduction Opportunity

AWS recently announced a feature called ‘Optimize vCPUs for EC2 Instances’. This new feature actually has two parts to it. Custom number of CPU cores Custom number of Threads per core With this new feature AWS now allows customers to … Read More

A Simple script to implement AWS EC2 TTL (Time to Live)

In dynamic cloud environments, customers often spin up resources for short lived workloads. This is a common practice especially in dev/test environments. The problem is these resources are often forgotten after the tests are complete, resulting in wasted spending with … Read More

A Simple Open Source Tool for EC2 RightSizing Analysis

AWS provides a range of monitoring and reporting tools for analyzing resource utilization data at an individual EC2 instance level. However, it is difficult for customers to digest a large amount of information in order to reach meaningful conclusions in … Read More

Simple AWS EC2 scheduler vs Machine Learning driven EC2 scheduler

AWS EC2 power ON/OFF Turning off EC2 instances when they are not in use is a simple and effective way of reducing AWS cost. It works especially well in environments such as development/test where EC2 instances are used only during … Read More

Upgrading to AWS EC2 C5/M5 instances to reduce cost and the caveats

AWS continues to upgrade EC2 families with new capabilities and price/performance characteristics. Next generation instances were added recently to Compute Optimized instance family (C5) and General Purpose instance family (M5). C5 instances are powered by 3.0 GHz Intel® Xeon® Scalable … Read More

Using Efficiency Metrics to Monitor Public Cloud Costs

In a previous blog, How to Measure Resource Cost Efficiency in Public Clouds, we proposed several metrics to measure cost efficiency in public clouds, including resource utilization, service utilization, cost efficiency, and cost saving efficiency. While resource utilization and service … Read More

FittedCloud Enhances Actionable Advisories to Help Enterprise Customers and MSPs save More in AWS Cloud

We are excited to announce  many enhancements to FittedCloud’s popular Actionable Advisories, which are integral to our AWS Cost Optimization solution. FittedCloud offers both semi-automated and fully automated cloud resource optimization. Actionable Advisories, which are our semi-automated cost optimization feature, … Read More

FittedCloud’s Enhanced Amazon EC2 and EBS Optimization Solutions Reduce Cloud Infrastructure Costs by Up to 50 Percent

FittedCloud’s Enhanced Amazon EC2 and EBS Optimization Solutions Reduce Cloud Infrastructure Costs by Up to 50 Percent New machine learning algorithms and comprehensive views of AWS environments provide customers real-time intelligence and options to optimize their cloud infrastructures ACTON, Mass. … Read More

400,000+ IOPS on an 8 GB gp2 volume?

While coding FittedCloud’s open-source EBS Cost Analyzer tool (https://github.com/FittedCloud/ebscostanalyzer/) I noticed some peculiar values for IOPS when fetching CloudWatch statistics for the maximum values of the VolumeReadOps and VolumeWriteOps metrics.  Specifically, I noticed an 8GB gp2 volume, which is capped … Read More

Machine learning CPU Utilization for AWS EC2 scheduling

Background The worldwide public cloud services market is projected to reach $204 billion in 2016, 16.5% up from $175 billion in 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. One of the benefits of public cloud is its cost effectiveness. Customers only need … Read More