AWS cloud management 2.0: what is it and why should you care?

Cloud Management 2.0

The reason your business uses AWS is to improve flexibility, save money and be more efficient. However, with your infrastructure growing rapidly in both size and complexity, and with more applications migrating to the cloud, accomplishing these goals is becoming increasingly difficult. You’re not the only one struggling. Jay Chapel estimated that, between idle and over-provisioned resources alone, $17.6 billion of global cloud spend was completely wasted in 2020.

Whether you’re doing it yourself or using AWS native tools, if you feel like you’re no longer in control, it’s time for AWS cloud management 2.0. In our book, that means adopting a SaaS-based cloud management tool that’s intuitive and allows you to easily build, manage and operate a Well-Architected AWS infrastructure (learn more about that here).

Cost control

When Plautus said “you’ve got to spend money to make money” back in 200 BC, he was right – sort of. Investing in a commercial cloud management tool saves nOps clients an average of 18-50% on their AWS spend. Using nOps, you’ll stop wasting money on AWS by identifying mismanaged resources, reserving capacity for higher discounts, and sizing computing services to scale. Plus, you can track infrastructure costs by project, AWS account, resource and employee.

For instance, we helped Uber ATG reduce its AWS costs by 15% in just 30 days – and it was surprisingly simple. First, we identified its most expensive services (Amazon EC2, Amazon S3 and Amazon RDS), then we right-sized resources, deleted unused Amazon EBS volumes, and planned spot instances more smartly. nOps allows users to easily learn and analyze current usage patterns and make cost saving recommendations. It’s not a one-and-done approach, but a continuous process of optimization, meaning you’ll never lose control of your cloud spend. 

Security and compliance

Whether it’s HIPAA, GDPR or a SOC 2 audit, compliance and security requirements are becoming more stringent. Continuously monitoring and detecting violations across many AWS accounts can be a serious challenge for teams. 

Enter nOps. We take the risk out of the hands of your employees and free them to spend time on more valuable projects. nOps delivers real-time notifications of non-compliance and security risks, so you can avoid breaches and fines, and fulfil a range of industry standards. Boutique cloud consultancy Prime TSR is just one partner which relies on nOps to prepare customers for HITRUST audits – an all-important certification enabling vendors and covered entities to demonstrate HIPAA compliance. 

Change management 

Change management is becoming increasingly complex for IT teams to handle. Formerly a rigid system based around control, change management is now a fast-moving, continuous process of integration, delivery and deployment – all thanks to the cloud. 

In order to be successful, IT teams must be equipped with the right tools which enable them to quickly handle infrastructure changes, configuration history, and change requests. With custom tagging, nOps provides complete visibility into all changes to your AWS environment and the impact these have on resources. Plus, handy reporting enables you to view changes by user, cost, resource status, and more.

DevOps freedom

Fast-moving, cloud native DevOps teams increasingly find themselves held back by having to deal with AWS infrastructure and cloud-based development tasks. In a recent survey of DevOps engineers, respondents reported wasting an average of over three hours per week maintaining internal tooling. How many (expensive) hours are squandered on this in your business each year?  

nOps enables your DevOps teams to focus on what they’re good at – breaking down barriers, optimizing developer productivity and boosting operational reliability. At the same time, it provides the accountability and governance you need to ensure that costs are kept under control and each buy decision is aligned with your strategic goals. nOps delivers the functionality your DevOps teams need because, unlike other platforms, it was built in the field, directly by and for DevOps engineers. 

In short, opting for a commercial cloud management platform will enable you to make more informed decisions, mitigate security and compliance risks, and build and deploy faster. It’s time to embrace cloud management 2.0. Try nOps for free now.