AWS Costs Decreased by 60% by Tristar Medical Group

May 10, 2018


Healthcare groups are, increasingly using the cloud to meet their IT requirements, however, while there are several advantages to be had from shifting infrastructure, applications and data center operations to the cloud, handling cloud costs remains the main Problem.

Several healthcare groups choose AWS EC2 instances for their servers. Although the platform meets their requirements, the high cost of handling AWS EC2 instances – or equivalent instances from other sellers – is compelling several healthcare groups to scale back their cloud migration strategies.

The cost of handling AWS EC2 instances can be huge. Tristar Medical Group, the biggest privately-owned healthcare seller in Australia, operates centers all over the country, spread across several time zones. Its clinics need access to servers round the clock and cloud instances were left operating 24/7.

Tristar quickly found that its plan was proving excessively expensive. Although the requirements of its clinics were being met, the cost of its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution was untenable.

The increasing OpEx costs resulted in Tristar downscaling its servers and instances. “This led us to 2 decisions. Either spend a big amount of capital upfront to raise the effectiveness of our VDI solution or computerize and fine-tune our AWS servers to maximize production,” remarked Tristar CTO Dewald Botha.

Most groups overprovision cloud resources and do not right size resources for their need. Cloud instances are run 24/7 at a substantial cost when a big part of the time those resources are not being utilized.

The easiest solution is to plan resources and switch off instances when they are not required and turn them back on when they are needed. Planning alone permits cloud users to make main savings and minimize their monthly cloud bills, even though complicated hybrid cloud environments need an automated planning solution.

Tristar decided the simplest solution was to find an application that might be used to time instances and optimize cloud expenses and searched for an effective cloud cost management solution.

Several solutions were tried, and while all provided the chance to get rid of inefficiencies and plan resources, the most adaptable and simple to use solution that achieved the maximum savings was provided by ParkMyCloud. After registering for the free test, Tristar found it was able to almost immediately decrease its AWS expenses by between 40%-60%, depending on its operational needs.

With costs reduction and expenses optimized, Tristar has been able to accelerate cloud migration and has now moved several of its existing datacenter instances to AWS. By the time that process is completed, Tristar thinks it will be able to save about $20,000 a month on cloud costs – $240,000 annually.