AWS cost optimisation
AWS uses a pay-as-you-go model for pricing but it's easy to end up paying for what you don't need. Costs can spiral as your workloads grow and evolve over time, and unexpected spikes in cost can be difficult to pinpoint. Even the most experienced AWS customers find that billing is complex and confusing at times. If this sounds familiar, we can help.
We can optimise your costs and improve your visibility of where you're spending money on AWS.
Reduce my AWS bill? Yes we can, and here are some examples of how
- Remove un-used but costly resources from your account
- Introduce schedules to automatically tidy-up at regular intervals
- Create auto scaling policies to ensure you only use what you need
- Ensure instances are sized appropriately and being paid for efficiently
- Automate provisioning so you can create and terminate resources more easily
- Set up reports and alerts to improve visibility and help you control costs
Start with a free audit to identify cost savings
AWS cloud migration
With cloud computing established as the new normal, there has never been a better time to migrate. Moving to AWS provides significant opportunities to reduce costs, improve performance and increase your agility. While your competitors adopt a basic "lift-and-shift" strategy, you may be able to unlock more of these opportunities using a transformational cloud-native strategy.
Cloud migration is much more than just replicating your on-premise infrastructure in the cloud.Get A Migration Assessment
We have a team of talented people ready to help you re-imagine your architecture for the 2020s.
- EFS & FSx
- API Gateway
- Route 53
AWS design and build
EC2 or Lambda for compute, SQS or Kinesis Streams for queues, Elasticache or DynamoDB for session handling, EFS or FSx for file shares... The list of choices goes on and on. With Amazon introducing new services almost every week, you may find it tough to make well-informed design choices without wasting time and money evaluating all of the different options. That's why we're here.
We can work with you to design and build AWS solutions in quick time that achieve your objectives.Let's Start A Conversation
If your project needs a few days, weeks or even months of expert guidance, we can help.
- Everything from high-level cloud strategy to detailed solution design to implementation
- Scalable, high-availability and self-healing workloads with near zero maintenance
- Automated provisioning to create and terminate resources and environments when needed
- Recommendations based on many years of experience and the AWS Well-Architected Framework
- Full handover and training to help transition ongoing support to your own team
Why is our AWS bill twice as high this month?
How can we monitor and support these new AWS workloads?
Who changed the permissions on this bucket?
Paying a bill when you can't see what it's for. Feeling that you're paying too much. Being responsible for something when you can't see under the hood. Ever felt like this with AWS? You're not alone. The good news is we can help. Through our bespoke training sessions, our AWS consultants can provide all the help and guidance that you need to become completely self-sufficient when it comes to finance and IT support.
For finance people
Learn how to:
- Set up alerts to help you monitor costs and usage
- Use resource tagging to filter and group costs
- Select the most cost effective payment models
- Group your accounts together so you only receive one bill
For IT support people
Learn how to:
- Monitor the performance of your resources and applications
- Set up alarms that can pro-actively forewarn you of issues
- Protect your resources from accidental deletion or termination
- Review and audit all activity within your account
Our AWS consultants
Dan has a proven track record in helping customers leverage their data and technology to gain a commercial edge. He leads the company and serves as principal consultant. During his 20-year career, Dan has worked in roles covering solution design, hands-on development, product management and IT strategy within both SME and enterprise orgs. He is an AWS Certified Solution Architect, a Certified Scrum Master and qualified in business analysis, PRINCE2 and ITIL 4.
Tim is a commercially-focused IT professional with over two decades of experience in solving complex business problems using innovative technology. He has worked within a range of SME and enterprise IT roles covering solution design and development, architecture, IT asset management and DevOps. He is a cloud computing specialist, an AWS Certified Solution Architect, many times Microsoft certified and holds an honours degree in Computer Systems Engineering.
Our simple 4-step process
First discussion to determine your goals and requirements, and the sharing of some initial ideas and suggestions.
Audit and analysis of your current state architecture and utilisation in areas like compute and storage.
Actionable guidance that covers what you're most interested in, and which enables your objectives to be achieved.
Optional implementation of any agreed changes, working in step with your team and change control process.
Case study: Postcoder
Postcoder is an API that handles over 1 million transactions per week for some of the UK's largest organisations.
Hosted on AWS since 2010 and supported by Allies Computing, Postcoder highlights our expertise in delivering performant and high availability services.Get A Free Audit Postcoder.com
To meet the demand from a growing number of API calls, we continuously identify, evaluate and leverage a wide range of new and innovative services including Lambda, Aurora, SQS, Elasticache for Redis and CloudFormation.
This cutting-edge expertise, coupled with a decade of experience, means we are ideally placed to help organisations get the best performance and cost efficiencies from AWS.Dan Cooper, Principal Consultant
Insights: The cloud in 2021
In January 2021, we surveyed 200 people that work in middle to senior IT roles to ask them about their experiences with the cloud. We share our findings along with solutions to the challenges that they identified.
Read our free report to find out how to maximise the value of the cloud to your organisation.Read the Report
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