Cloud services have different approaches that leverage spend commitment to offer discounts on services. These vary from customized commercially negotiated discounts, to spend-based commitment discounts like AWS Savings Plans, resource-based commitment discounts like Google CUDs and others.
Spend-based commitment discounts and resource-based commitment discounts are the most popular rate optimizations that cloud service providers offer. This is partially because CSP native tooling and FinOps platforms enable you to plan, manage, and benefit from these types of discount constructs.
Each cloud service provider has a slightly different offering with its own specific rules on how it works and the discounts it provides. You must also consider the implementation models that organizations use, based on their needs, and how the overall process should work inside an organization.
Altogether the implementation of these strategies drives an organizations Effective Savings Rate (ESR). It is important to note that under utilization of a commitment based discount would also negatively impact ESR as would significant usage not covered by discounts.
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As a [FinOps Persona], I will [functional activity] so that [desired outcome] is achieved.
Measures of success are represented in the context of cloud costs and may include one or more key performance indicators ( KPI ), describe objectives with key results ( OKR ), and declare thresholds defining outliers or acceptable variance from forecasted trends.
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Dave Van Hoven from HERE Technologies spoke about Green (Allowed) Zone/Red (Restricted) Zone approach to buying Reserved Instances (RIs) centrally — and distributing RIs to product teams across a massive estate of over 10 million unique instances annually.
Kara Mosley of Koch Industries shared her perspective as an IT Finance Manager on how Finance supports centralizing reservations and the journey of moving FinOps from Infrastructure to Finance to Business.
In this breakout session, Josh Bauman of Electronic Arts talked about their journey through cloud products like Reserved Instances, Committed Use Discounts, and Savings Plans, and how they’ve leveraged the products to drive user behavior.
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