In a recent straw poll of ITAM Review readers it was found that only 27% of organisations have some form of portal or automated provisioning process for Amazon AWS.
It was just a straw poll and not an exhaustive study, and just because someone is accessing the AWS console directly doesn’t mean their governance is slack, but best practice leans towards some form of portal to automate the provisioning of AWS instances in the same way you might provision perpetual software or SaaS subscriptions via an App Store. AWS basics include switching off unused resources and rightsizing instances and plans.
The notes below are a quick summary of the main points, links and resources shared during the webinar.
How to Control Amazon AWS Costs – The four principles of controlling and reducing AWS spend whilst maximizing IT productivity and agility
The gist of the entire webinar was that ITAM doesn’t want to be a blockage to innovation on the AWS platform, but at the same time we need to wrap governance around usage of AWS to control and manage spend. The best way to do this, as argued in the webinar and also recommended by Amazon best practice was to construct some form of portal or self service mechanism for managing Amazon consumption.
Amazon is the Gorilla in IaaS. Microsoft close behind. Gartner predict 37% growth in 2017, volumes treble between 2016 and 2020 from $USD 25.4BN to $USD 72.4BN (Predicted)
Four Principles of AWS Cost Optimization
Amazon Best Practice
Amazon AWS Cost Optimization Utilities
“The three leading public cloud vendors, AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, take very different approaches to pricing and discounts for their services” Datamation https://www.datamation.com/cloud-computing/cloud-price-comparison-aws-vs.-azure-vs.-google.html
Thanks to Daniel and the Flexera team for supporting us on this webinar. If you have any questions around AWS optimisation please leave a comment below or visit our forum.