Like many organizations, we struggled as our cloud environments grew with wasted and underutilized cloud resources driving unnecessary spend. While our existing tools were adequate from a billing perspective, they left much to be desired when it came to the number of resources and the accuracy of the recommendations they were providing.
We chose Densify because of their robust, configurable recommendations, available across a number of cloud resources. Because Densify’s recommendations are available via API, we were able to easily integrate with the custom portal that provides a seamless experience for our developers, making it easy for them to get the information they need—quickly and efficiently. The accuracy of Densify’s data greatly increased our customer adoption, their willingness to work with us, to take action on those recommendations, and ultimately, the money we were able to save the company.
In our experience, tops-down and bottoms-up transparency is the best way to affect change. We want to show senior management what they are spending, what they are using, what it costs to deliver the products that they are working on. From the developer’s perspective, they don’t have a lot of time to spend on the optimization. Of course, your primary focus is delivering product. So, our goal is to provide the most accurate, true recommendations, and build confidence.
Auto Scaling Groups are a key tool in our cloud resource toolkit. Previously, developers had very little insight into how they are actually consuming them. In many cases, people may be configuring them correctly, in other cases, not so much. So, Densify has greatly enabled our developers to actually learn how to better use these tools. And, of course, we’re becoming more efficient in saving money at the same time.
Application owners are interesting. Of course, everyone wants to do the best for the company, but people don’t have time and they have other priorities—so the quality of data is key, and building confidence is key. Building a relationship where they know they can take action based on what we’re saying and that it’s not going to impact the application. So, that takes time, and again, it’s a confidence-building exercise. But it is achievable, and Densify helps us do that.
Sr. Manager, Cloud Architecture and Insights,