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RSS Announces New Feature, Savings Opportunities, to Reduce Cloud Spend, an innovative software company providing the leading multi-cloud governance solution, announced today its newest feature to optimize customers' cloud spend across providers to identify savings opportunities. The announcement comes at the start of ONUG Fall 2020, an industry-leading event focused on enterprise, DevSecOps, and automation, where is participating in the Multi-cloud Automated Governance working group, as well as contributing to the ONUG blog on cloud governance.

The newest feature in's roster of offerings will scan customer's cloud environments to identify abandoned and underutilized resources, which will then be displayed on a dashboard as "Savings Opportunities" within the application. Users are able to scan on demand or on a schedule. The near-real-time view allows users to evaluate potential cloud savings that might ordinarily go unnoticed for weeks, months, or even years.

"Moving to the cloud lowers the barrier to entry for companies building applications and managing workloads. While it's easy to spin up resources and access the services needed, it's also very easy to forget about the resources that are no longer needed or are overprovisioned based on the current usage of the system," said CEO and co-founder Brian Price. "When a company is scaling quickly in the cloud, it's difficult to focus the time and be disciplined enough to go back to identify abandoned resources until it's too late. By then, unnecessary costly spends have already occurred."

The Saving Opportunities feature will identify rightsizing and decommissioning opportunities. Rightsizing opportunities identify resources with utilization patterns that suggest where a customer can save money by scaling back, such as Amazon EC2 instances with very low CPU utilization. Decommissioning opportunities identify resources that are not being used and can be decommissioned. In addition to identifying these opportunities, the feature will also display how long resources have been in existence and will provide an estimate of how much money will be saved if action is taken.

"We are giving our customers increased visibility into spending that might ordinarily go unnoticed for some time," continued Price. "Given the pressure many industries are facing to reduce internal costs due to the uncertain duration of COVID-19's impact to their businesses, we wanted to provide this timely feature, making it one less thing our customers need to worry about. The cloud is already complex enough; our goal is to help take the guesswork out of cost savings."

Highmetric's Chief Technology Officer Brett Miller, a strategic services partner and user of the Savings Opportunities feature, stated, "When our team ran's savings opportunities analysis against a subset of resources within our AWS environment, we identified 50% in savings on those resources by simply downsizing the overprovisioned EC2 and RDS instances. Given the success we have seen internally, I'm very excited to see how we can help our customers identify savings and put more money toward higher-impact activities that will improve their business."

Published Wednesday, October 14, 2020 9:50 AM by David Marshall
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