Introducing Data Transfer Cost Visibility

As your organization scales up, you might experience hidden, unexpected charges suddenly appearing on your monthly cloud bill. One of the most significant sources of unexpected AWS charges is the cost of data transfer. While optimizing cloud spending on AWS, DevOps engineers find it time-consuming and hard to understand and reduce data transfer costs.

It becomes a painstaking task due to the inadequate and distributed visibility of the source & destination of the resources or services exchanging data in the form of traffic within or outside the cloud environment. Often, AWS costs are opaque, making it hard for engineers to understand and optimize the hidden costs. Furthermore, among various transfer types available, keeping track of all of their associated costs and then figuring out how to reduce costs becomes a difficult job.

DevOps engineers begin to address this problem by using cloud-native cost-control tools which at their maximum level, provide information about the infrastructure API operations that are causing data transfer costs, but no information about the traffic between the resources or services that invoke those API operations. As DevOps engineers cannot adequately root cause the issues and activities that lead to high data transfer costs, overall cloud expenses continue to rise. As a result, many businesses unwantedly incur large data transfer expenses on AWS, amounting to millions of dollars each year.

To help your organization mitigate data transfer costs, we have launched Data Transfer Cost Visibility. Data Transfer Cost Visibility enables you to identify the resources that incur unnecessary data transfer charges by giving complete visibility of the source & destination of every resource and service exchanging data in the form of traffic within or outside the cloud environment. By identifying these resources, you can make the right infrastructure modification decisions and take control over the data transfer costs. It gives you sharp visibility into the data transfer costs of your AWS deployments and all your data exchange over the Cloud Network. Data transfer Cost Visibility alerts you whenever unexpected spikes in data transfer charges occur and on top of that, It provides you insights on the leakages along with potential cost impacts. It provides cost-saving opportunities for the data transfer taking place and thus helps in improving the architecture.

Building blocks of Data Transfer Cost Visibility

Data Transfer Cost Visibility helps you keep precise accounting of all your AWS data transfer costs by telling you exactly where and how data transfers are charged. It gives you visibility over the data transfer types that are charged only one way, such as transferring data to and from AWS S3 across different regions. You gain visibility over events that incur different costs for transferring data in or out, as when transferring data between EC2 instances on different Availability Zones, VPCs, or regions. It keeps track of how costs can add up by giving you an understanding of how your data is moving around, as well as the charges associated with your transfers.

Using different machine learning algorithms, Data Transfer Cost Visibility determines which services are causing you to incur high data transfer costs and proposes fixes to minimize your overall expense. Data Transfer Cost Visibility provides DevOps engineers complete visibility over Paths of data exchange between IP addresses and AZs, data ingress/egress paths. This helps them view detailed & contextual information about IP addresses and track the most used AZ’s while monitoring incoming & outgoing resources. It gives visibility into the number and map of proportions of data between zones to view every detail associated with the region.

Users can see the cost of data transfer from one region to another region, one AZ to another AZ, and one resource to another resource of the cloud network. Above that, the user can see the cost of data transfer from inside the cloud network to the public network and vice-versa. It also provides visibility over the total amount of data and its distribution across various regions, AZs, and resources. Through this holistic visibility, Data Transfer Visibility completely cuts down the manual efforts and scope of human error in understanding and reducing the data transfer costs.

Benefits to DevOps and SecOps Engineers

  • Data Transfer Cost Visibility gives end-to-end visibility over source & destination regions, resources, and availability zones for any data transfer within and outside cloud environments and insights on how to reduce data transfer costs.
  • DevOps engineers can see their current costs based on the current Network design and know the cost saved by an alternate solution, i.e., transferring resources or changing links or IPs.
  • Gives a measure of impact on cost and resources for any architectural change and provides recommendations for improving architecture to reduce DT Cost.
  • Helps engineers identify any public data transfer happening to find data leaks and fix any security vulnerabilities.
  • DevOps Engineers can easily see and apply recommendations and actions to save on their data transfer cost and avoid cost Leakages.
  • Data Transfer Cost Visibility automatically generates insights you can use to save 30-50% or more on your infrastructure spend. It makes root cause analysis a breeze by enabling you to take quick actions and save on data transfer costs immediately.

Conclusion

If your organization depends on AWS and you need help navigating AWS data transfer costs, try Data Transfer Cost Visibility yourself for some suggestions on how you might mitigate them. We have a straightforward and user-friendly way to help you determine just how much you can save by taking the necessary actions. Just schedule a demo with us, and we will give you a complete walkthrough of it and tell you more about how it can benefit your organization.

If you like it, it will be up and running in your environment within 48 hours of signing up with us. Feel free to contact us for other DevOps-related queries at contact@opslyft.com. We will be ready with more DevOps magic in the coming weeks, so do come back when you get the time!

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