May 12, 2018
Healthcare groups are, gradually, applying cloud-based systems to meet their IT needs, but while there are many reasons for moving infrastructure, applications and data center operations to the cloud, the high cloud expenses make it an unappealing option. Several healthcare groups buy AWS EC2 instances to apply this on their computer networks. While this specific platform meets their requirements, the exorbitant cost of operating AWS EC2 instances – or similar instances from other IT sellers – is leading to several healthcare groups in reducing their cloud migration plans. The cost of operating AWS EC2 instances can be extremely high. Tristar Medical Group, the largest privately-owned healthcare seller situated in Australia, operates help centers all over the country, spread across several time regions. These clinics need access to computer networks 24 hours a day and cloud instances were left operating 24/7. Tristar soon found that this particular strategy was proving exorbitantly expensive. Although the requirements of its clinics were being met, the expenditure of its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution was far too high.
The increasing OpEx expenses resulted in Tristar decreasing its instances and computer networks. “This led us to two decisions. Either expend a large amount of money upfront to enhance the efficiency of our VDI solution, or automate and fine-tune our AWS computer networks to maximize output,” said Tristar CTO Dewald Botha. Most groups adapt too many cloud resources and don’t right size resources for their particular requirements. Cloud instances are operating 24/7 at a substantial cost when a large part of the time those resources are not being used. The most efficient solution is to plan resources and turn off instances when they are not required and turn them back on at a time that they are needed. Planning alone means that cloud users can make major savings and minimize their cloud bills, even though complex hybrid cloud settings need an automated planning package.
Tristar found the easiest solution as an application that might be used to time instances and optimize cloud costs and explored for an effective cloud cost management package. Several solutions were tested, and although all provided the possibility to get rid of inefficiencies and schedule resources, the most flexible and simple to use solution that achieved the most savings was delivered by ParkMyCloud. After signing up for the free test, Tristar found it was capable to virtually at once decrease its AWS expenses by between 40%-60%, depending on its operational logistical needs.
With expenses reduced and spending optimized, Tristar has been capable to move along with cloud relocation and has now shifted several of its current data center instances to AWS. As soon as that process is completed, Tristar thinks it will be able to save nearly $20,000 a month on cloud costs – $240,000 per annum.