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5 AWS Cost Optimization Tips from GorillaStack

I continue to be excited about hosting informative pieces on cloud-related transformation from our customers and APN partners. In this installment I’d like to call attention to 5 tips on how to optimize your AWS spend from our partner, GorillaStack. Happy reading!

Want to hear about 7 weird tips that will help to reduce your AWS bill? This article explores the fundamental (and scalable) principles that you should think about when setting up your DevOps process. These ideas can be effectively applied to the smallest of environments all the up to large corporates where you can impress your boss today!

What are the different types of Serverless Architecture and the merits to each of them? By examining the pros & cons of each, we figure out the best time to use a Monolith compared to when Nanoservices & Microservices might be a more pertinent choice. There’s also a small exploration into hybrid architectures.

One thing we love about the Serverless framework is that it supports a notion of environment variables, stored in a hidden ‘_meta’ folder and substituted in when the functions are deployed to Lambda. Did you know that Serverless Framework can capture the outputs of a CloudFormation template as environment variables for Lambda functions?

We’ve talked about 7 weird tips for reducing your AWS bill, but did you know there are another 3 tricks that can lead to reduced costs? Find out how to schedule your uptime to meet your usage, how to cut off instances that aren’t being used and how to take advantage of excess CPU that Amazon is waiting for you to bid on.

Why should you move as much compute as you can over to Spot Instances? Users are saving up to 90% on Spot with AWS. It really is a case of understanding best practices and figuring out how to take advantage of the moving market. Once you learn the basics you’ll be realising significant benefits in no time.

Stephen Orban

Stephen Orban

Stephen is the GM (General Manager) of a new AWS service under development, and author of the book “Ahead in the Cloud: Best Practices for Navigating the Future of Enterprise IT” Stephen spent his first three-and-a-half years with Amazon as the Global Head of Enterprise Strategy, where he oversaw AWS’s enterprise go-to-market strategy, invented and built AWS’s Migration Acceleration Program (MAP), and helped executives from hundreds of the world’s largest companies envision, develop, and mature their IT operating model using the cloud. Stephen authored Ahead in the Cloud so customers might benefit from many of the best practices Stephen observed working with customers in this role. Prior to joining AWS, Stephen was the CIO of Dow Jones, where he introduced modern software development methodologies and reduced costs while implementing a cloud-first strategy. These transformational changes accelerated product development cycles and increased productivity across all lines of business, including The Wall Street Journal,, Dow Jones Newswires, and Factiva. Stephen also spent 11 years at Bloomberg LP, holding a variety of leadership positions across their equity and messaging platforms, before founding Bloomberg Sports in 2008, where he served as CTO. Stephen earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from State University of New York College at Fredonia.