Managing costs in the cloud can be a daunting task for many businesses. As cloud infrastructure grows and evolves, optimizing resources and eliminating unnecessary expenses becomes increasingly important. In this blog post, we will explore a real-life scenario where a client found themselves facing skyrocketing AWS spend due to unnoticed Elastic Block Store (EBS) IOPS costs. And how nOps, a powerful cloud management tool, significantly helped them reduce their AWS costs.
Our client ran their applications on an AWS LightSail machine for several years. While it offered them affordability, they faced issues with low speed and poor reachability. As a result, they decided to migrate their resources from LightSail to RDS services to improve performance and reliability. However, after the migration, they were shocked to find that their AWS costs had skyrocketed from $500 to $2900, a staggering increase of 600%.
Digging deeper into the client’s infrastructure, we discovered that they had three RDS servers running on AWS, all sized similarly. Each server was configured with an io1-provided EBS volume with 3000 IOPS, attached to it. This configuration was costing the client a whopping $1800 per month for each volume.
To address the cost issue, they turned to nOps, a comprehensive cloud management platform that offers intelligent cost optimization and resource utilization insights. Leveraging nOps’s capabilities, we helped them identify that the client’s volumes were over-provisioned in terms of IOPS, leading to unnecessary expenses.
Armed with this information, we recommended reducing the IOPS on the development (DEV) and quality assurance (QA) attached volumes. This adjustment proved to be a game-changer for our client. Prior to implementing the nOps recommendations, their daily AWS spend amounted to $76 or more. However, after applying the suggested changes, their new daily AWS bill plummeted to nearly $35, resulting in substantial cost savings of over 50%.