EBS and Pileus: A match made in the cloud

As we speak about cloud spend and cloud waste – what are the nuts and bolts of this? How can we, Pileus, bring added value and deliver the best bang for your buck. Our recommendations are one of the pillars of this puzzle. We can save you up to 40% on your very next cloud bill! The full list of recommendations is vast and powerful. It is unfair to our platform to try and summarize them all at one go. So, we will focus on EBS recommendations just to get the ball rolling

Elastic Block Store (EBS) is a block storage service based in the AWS cloud. EBS stores huge amounts of data in blocks, which work like hard drives (called volumes). You can use it to store any type of data, including file systems, transactional data, NoSQL and relational databases, snapshots, containers, and applications.

The performance and pricing of your EBS storage will be determined by the type of volumes you choose. Amazon EBS offers four types of volumes, which serve different functions. Here are the key features you should know before choosing a volume type:

Solid State Drives (SSD)-based volumes:

Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1 & io2 ) — configured to provide high performance for mission-critical applications. Ideal for NoSQL databases, I/O-intensive relational loads, and application workloads.

General Purpose SSD (gp2 & gp3) — this is the default EBS volume, configured to provide the highest possible performance for the lowest price. Recommended for low-latency interactive apps, and dev and test operations.

Hard Disk Drives (HDD)-based volumes:

Throughput Optimized HDD (st1) — provides low-cost magnetic storage. Recommended for large, sequential workloads that define performance in throughput.

Cold HDD (sc1) — uses a burst model to adjust capacity, thus offering the cheapest magnetic storage. Ideal for cold large sequential workloads.

Once you have chosen your EBS volume type and attached it to an EC2 instance the fun begins! What we have noticed, as organizations transition fully to the cloud they will go with the larger and fastest volumes to ensure that everything runs smoothly. In the past when building out your own data warehouse, bigger and quicker was the correct path but today thanks to cloud technologies this is not the case as you can scale with ease. One of our recommendations could very well be an EBS type change. Without any compromise in performance, changing from an io1 8700 GiB to a gp2 can save you annually around 50%. If your organization runs many volumes imaging the savings opportunity.

Many times, when an EC2 instance is terminated, the EBS volume(s) that were attached to that instance, simply fall between the cracks, and continues to get billed. Our recommendations to terminate such EBS volumes can quickly save you thousands of dollars over the course of the year.

From time to time AWS releases a new generation of disk storage like io2 & gp3 for example. Our recommendation engine automatically finds all your old disks and will help you to upgrade to the latest version to improve your performance & cost efficiency.

A final recommendation is to delete Snapshots that have been stored for a duration that no longer serves any practical purpose. While saving Snapshot that spans a year might not break the bank, we believe that every dollar saved can be repurposed for innovation.

Our team is hard at work finding new and innovative ways to save you money in the cloud.
Pileus’ understanding of cloud waste enables our developers to continuously push the envelope and find meaningful ways to save you money on your cloud spend. Navigating cloud cost is no simple task and yet the simplest things can cost so much.
Our EBS recommendations do just that, helps you save where you might overlook.