Lotame is an unstacked data solutions company, helping publishers, marketers and agencies find new customers, increase engagement, and grow revenue through audience data. Lotame appreciates Amazon EC2 Spot Instances pricing model, which makes it easy to predict costs.
"Analytics is at the core of Lotame platform which helps our customers to maximize the value of data. We use Spot instances to run large-scale Big Data Analytics workloads. The new EC2 Spot Instances pricing model makes it even easier for us to acquire Spot capacity at predictable prices, giving us more confidence in the savings and stability we can get by moving additional workloads to Spot Instances."
Cuebiq is a leading mobility intelligence company providing clients and partners with a trusted, high-quality, and transparent currency to map and measure offline behavior. With Cuebiq’s platform, clients can leverage location data based solutions to make more-informed business decisions. Cuebiq is at the forefront of industry privacy standards, follows a privacy compliant framework in its data collection, and was one of the very first location providers certified by leading privacy association, NAI.
“Amazon AWS allows us to push the boundaries of innovation through big data – We use Spot Instances under our EMR clusters, allowing us to scale our computing powers and infrastructure to better serve our customers while savings over our infrastructure costs.”
Walter Ferrara, Chief Information Security Officer - Cuebiq
Spreaker is a universal podtech solution for independent podcasters, small publishers and large distributed teams to effortlessly manage their podcasts. Spreaker tools for podcast hosting, distribution and advertising provides a holistic solution, with different options to customize features in order to suit the needs of any podcast business. More than 80,000 podcasters worldwide are using technology created at Spreaker to host, distribute and monetize more than 200 millions unique monthly downloads.
"Amazon EC2 Spot Instances have been a key enabler to scale from a small startup to an international player in the podcast industry. In the early days, being able to run batch workloads with a 70% off vs On-demand allowed us to keep costs under control while growing our company. Spot Instances are now an essential part of our infrastructure for a variety of workloads, including Big Data analytics and web services with our IAB-Certified Podcast Measurement platform running on EMR, and our proprietary Dynamic Ad Insertion technology, leveraging Spot for delivering audio advertising into hundreds of millions of podcast downloads on a monthly basis."
Rocco Zanni, Chief Technology Officer - Spreaker
Basware is a cloud-based purchase-to-pay and e-invoicing solution; enabling businesses around the world to reduce costs, manage spend and forecast growth. Basware leverages Amazon EC2 Spot Instances for its cost savings.
"Spot instances have been fantastic for our need at Basware. They enable us to run a world class CI infrastructure with hundreds of Windows based EC2 instances at a great price. Saving us upwards of 60% against the on demand cost."
Alistair Gilbert, Director of DevOps - Basware
Revcontent is a content marketing platform. It connects advertisers to engaged audiences through technology and direct partnerships with digital publishers. Revcontent appreciates how the Amazon EC2 Spot Instances pricing model makes it easy to predict costs.
"We use Spot instances to run our Jenkins code deployments and production web server workloads. The new EC2 Spot Instances pricing model makes it even easier for us to acquire Spot capacity at predictable prices, giving us more confidence in the savings and stability we can get by moving additional workloads to Spot Instances."
YipitData is the on-demand, 100+ person alternative data team for hundreds of the world's largest corporations and investment funds. As YipitData pioneers alternative data for investment research, they use Spot Instances to optimize costs for running web scraping and batch workloads. Since 2015, the company has run over 1,000 instances monthly on Spot, and recently they shifted almost all of their workloads to ECS running on Spot. ECS on Spot Instances helped their infrastructure become more robust and cost-efficient.
"YipitData has been able to save 70% on EC2 instances for the past years, allowing the company to expand faster."
Hugo Lopes Tavares, Staff Engineer - YipitData
Audiense is a pioneering Audience Intelligence platform, trusted by enterprise brands across the globe, that helps marketers and consumer researchers to be innovative and develop relevant audience-centric strategies. Through proprietary social consumer segmentation, Audiense provides insights on who your audience really is, and how to engage with them in the most meaningful way.
“Amazon EC2 Spot instances allow us to achieve the scale needed on Amazon ECS to continuously collect public information of more than a billion Twitter users, and compute insight reports for our customers based on Twitter users’ relationships on Amazon EMR, processing the relationships between more than one billion users. We are able to scale compute dynamically to meet customer demand reaching peaks of over 1300 Spot instances to get over 5200 vCPU and 20TB RAM. By using Amazon EC2 Spot instances, we are able to access large scale compute resources to serve our business while saving 70% on compute costs compared to on-demand.”
Alfredo Artiles, CTO & Co-founder - Audiense
"In the Online Gaming industry, the number of customers is changing rapidly and behavior are changing even faster. Snocko Technologies needed a system that provides flexibility of scale performance and nearly 100% reliability. With the strong collaboration with AWS, Snocko Technologies are extremely satisfied with the reliability and security of the ecosystem that AWS provides. We use the tools that are available at AWS to create better working experiences for our infrastructure team, satisfying us with both performances, and scale at a very cost-efficient price. This helps us stabilize our company’s future growth. We use Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), particularly the Managed Node Group for Spot instance reduce our overall compute costs by 70% while maintaining the same performance and reliability without little to no management overhead."
GRAIL is a healthcare company in pursuit of innovation to solve medicine’s most important challenges. The GRAIL team of leading scientists, engineers, and clinicians are on an urgent mission to detect more cancers early, when they are more treatable and potentially curable. GRAIL leverages Amazon EC2 Spot Instances for its predictable pricing and reliable savings.
“We use EC2 Spot instances to perform high-intensity genomic sequencing that requires analyzing large data sets to discover millions of unique patterns to detect early-stage cancer. As our research needs vary week over week, we have spiky computing needs and Spot’s new pricing model gives us the reliability of savings to scale our research with low and predictable prices.”
"Using Spot provides us with the most cost-effective solution for the analysis of many terabytes of metagenomic data. We further benefit from the flexibility of Amazon Spot, as different analysis stages in the pipeline involve different workloads (data cleaning, DNA comparison, machine learning). Each task is best performed by different EC2 instance types, so in each stage we launch a different cluster. Clusters in large projects such as this typically involve several thousand instances that run for dozens of hours."
Elad Kehat, VP of R&D Software - BiomX
At Illumina, the goal is to apply innovative technologies to the analysis of genetic variation and function, making studies possible that were not even imaginable just a few years ago. Illumina appreciates the Amazon EC2 Spot pricing model, which makes it easy to predict costs.
"We use EC2 Spot instances to perform high-intensity genomic sequencing enabling our customers to read and understand genetic variations. We are excited to move our additional genetic pipelines that run for more than 12 hours to Spot Instances as Spot’s new pricing model makes it even easier for us to acquire Spot capacity and gives us the reliability of savings at low and predictable prices."
TRE-ALTAMIRA is a world leader in measuring ground and structural movement from space, with more than 20 years’ experience in developing and improving satellite radar data processing algorithms and workflows. They provides displacement measurements and mapping solutions that are largely used to mitigate risk, optimize operations, and plan future activities in a variety of market sectors, including mining, civil engineering, oil and gas, and natural hazards.
“Since our first steps on AWS, Spot instances have been helping us to reduce the processing costs related to our HPC applications. After a few years using AWS Cloud, our use of the Spot instances evolved following the increase of our workloads and reflecting a deeper integration with AWS managed services. TRE-ALTAMIRA is currently using Spot Instances to process more than 100000 jobs/day on AWS Batch and AWS ECS. Our scaling limits in the last two years have been boosted from some hundreds of vCPUs to more than 40000 vCPUs, achieving 68% savings vs the corresponding on-demand costs. The possibilities offered by the Spot instances played an important role in our Business evolution and represented a key factor to support our most innovative technologies.”
Alessandro Menegaz, IT Manager - TRE-ALTAMIRA
The Data Appeal Company
The Data Appeal Company collects and delivers unique data about any point of interest (POI), geographic territory or brand around the globe and integrate it with real-time customer feedback scores. Their information interprets human experience by revealing why customers behave in a certain way and forecasts their future actions. Data Appeal leverages Spot instances to optimize compute costs for several compute workloads such as data retrieval, big data pipelines and machine learning jobs.
“To keep up with our dynamic workload, we’ve built a scalable infrastructure while keeping cloud costs at bay. We run our data ingestion and API layer on top of EC2 Spot Instances, which are managed by Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), saving around 70% off vs On-Demand. By leveraging AWS services and Kubernetes resiliency features and combining it with Spot, we provide a cost efficient, high available service for our users. We also utilize Spot Instances on our EMR clusters to optimize compute costs and allocations. For Data Appeal, Spot instances plays a key role in allowing us to build and scale our real-time data analysis platform.”
Alessio Schiavelli, CTO - Data Appeal
Barnstorm VFX is a boutique visual effects house specializing in high quality digital effects, design, and production. They have been the primary visual effects studio for the Amazon Prime Original Series Man in the High Castle (seasons 2 and 3), and have also worked on CBS’ Strange Angel. Barnstorm started using AWS Thinkbox Deadline in 2014, and began rendering on the cloud with Amazon EC2 Spot instances in 2017.
"Currently we use Deadline to manage all of our in-house renders. We utilize Spot instances to be able to render projects our internal farm can't handle such as large scale 3D projects. Using AWS to scale our rendering pipeline has allowed us to complete heavy creative 3D projects like Man in the High Castle and Strange Angel. It has also allowed us to have a smoother iterative process. From an artistic standpoint artists are able to render up to 10x as many iterations when EC2 Spot is implemented."
Erik Nelson, Head of Technology - Barnstorm VFX
FuseFX is an award-winning visual effects (VFX) studio that specializes in content creation for television, film, commercials, games, and special venues. FuseFX uses Thinkbox Deadline and Amazon EC2 Spot Instances to render its scenes, enabling it to meet project deadlines. Thinkbox Deadline is a render management solution that integrates with the AWS Portal, enabling VFX studios to take advantage of the reduced rendering cost available via Amazon EC2 Spot Instances.
"Using Spot Instances gives us limitless capacity. We would not be able to make our delivery schedules without Deadline and Spot, and we no longer need to worry about having enough physical capacity for rendering. We can react on a moment’s notice to our daily rendering needs. This allows us to be agile and efficient."
Jason Fotter, CTO - FuseFX
Nexus Studios is an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated studio that specializes in animation, film, and interactive experiences. With locations in both London and Los Angeles, Nexus creates content that ranges from animated films to virtual reality. Nexus started using AWS Thinkbox Deadline and Amazon EC2 Spot Instances at the beginning of 2018.
"We needed to greatly increase our render capacity quickly and easily without up-front costs associated with purchasing hardware. We looked at other cloud providers, however the tight integration between Deadline and AWS made the choice easy. Using AWS allowed us to render jobs/projects that we otherwise would never have been able to render on our local render farm. We can now render basically any type of job, with any level of complexity needed."
Ryan Cawthorne, Systems Engineer - Nexus Studios
Passion Pictures is an award-winning production, animation, and commercial studio, having won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2000 for their work on One Day In September. In 2017 they started using AWS Thinkbox Deadline and Amazon EC2 Spot instances for rendering and haven’t looked back. With offices in London, Barcelona, Paris, New York, and Melbourne, Passion Pictures continues to churn out critically-acclaimed work, including the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series Five Came Back.
"We started using Deadline mid-2017, and starting implementing the use of EC2 Spot in November 2017. We now use EC2 Spot for 90% of our Compute. AWS has helped us move towards a more OpEx business model, providing great flexibility with the machines available as well as the capacity. We are becoming a more agile business, and now we have the ability to grow without massive CapEx."
Jason Nicholas, Head of CG - Passion Pictures
Smadex is the mobile-first programmatic advertising platform of Entravision, an international media company specialized in omnichannel advertising solutions. As a Demand-side-platform, Smadex provides advertisers with access to a wide and high-quality media inventory and ad-exchanges. In order to bid efficiently, their Real-Time Bidding platform decides in less than 100 ms if they want to place a bid and the price of that bid.
"By using Amazon EC2 Spot Instances across multiple AWS regions we are able to handle billions of transactions for ads in less than 100 ms, dynamically scaling our infrastructure based on advertisers demand while saving consistently over 70% of our infrastructure costs. We also use Amazon EC2 Spot Instances to power a set of different Amazon EMR clusters used to process hundreds of TBs of data in real time allowing us to train our decision algorithms and providing our clients a high level of transparency based on our real time analytics dashboards."
Lucas Ceballos, Chief Technology Officer - Smadex
Dingus offers an integral solution for the management and contracting of hotel reservations to more than 1000 hotels in 25 countries and 52 destinations, through a 360 platform that speed up the commercialisation and distribution of consulting services, with over 500 integrations with tourism operator around de world, ensuring a wide distribution capacity with the highest efficiency.
"At Dingus we maintain more than 20,000 active concurrent connections, for the exchange of information between our clients and their sales channels. All this means managing a daily processing load of several billion calculations, generated by more than 200 million price and booking update transactions that translate into the management of over 20,000 bookings per day. By using Spot Instances in the Auto Scaling Groups that process these calculations, we have reached a sustained saving of close to 70%, with the same level of performance and efficiency that we had before with the On-Demand instances."
Dynamic AI56 has been using Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure since 2015. Flexible hardware configurations of instances in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) enable the company to run research and system evolution workloads on-demand. A few ultra high-memory machines are used for coordination, data distribution, and preparation while actual workloads run on a dynamically allocated fleet of up to 400 Spot Instances across multiple US Regions. Dynamic AI56 diversifies Spot Instances across different instance types and different AWS Regions to align with the varying nature of the intense compute workload they run.
“Spot Instances provide the best balance of cost and performance to run what would otherwise be an expensive instance configurations with high CPU, GPU, RAM or all of the above which are required to train its AI/ML models. Dynamic AI56 was able to save 75% Instance cost by using Spot.”
Ievgen Sliusar, Chief of Infrastructure - Dynamic AI56
Keen Eye develops an image-centric platform for pathologists and translational scientists. Keen Eye needed to migrate its AI-ML platform from an outdated hosting platform to a Health Data certified cloud with performant GPUs, in order to scale up, increase the performance of their algorithms, while optimizing the infrastructure costs. The company starting running Kubernetes managed cluster EKS and Auto-Scaling groups to spin on and off EC2 Spot GPU instances used for the data model inference.
“By using ASG and EC2 Spot GPU instances to train and run our data models on our EKS Kubernetes Cluster, the total cost of our infrastructure was divided by 2.”
Florian Grignon, Head of Infrastructure - Keen Eye
Sinergise is a GIS company building large turn-key geospatial systems in the fields of cloud GIS, agriculture, and real-estate administration. In 2016 Sinergise established satellite imagery processing engine in the cloud, Sentinel Hub, which now powers several hundreds of earth observation applications around the world and processes more than quarter of a billion requests per month, crunching more than quadrillion satellite imagery pixels. The Sinergise team uses the machine learning on AWS to tackle the problem of cloud detection, the most crucial step during the pre-processing of optical satellite images.
“s2cloudless is a machine learning algorithm for computing cloud masks on Sentinel-2 imagery. It has become one of the state-of-the-art algorithms for cloud detection and it has been downloaded over 84,000 times and is used in dozens of Earth Observation applications. The scale and performance of Amazon EC2, coupled with petabytes of data staged for analysis in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), allowed us to scale our compute capacity to run our machine learning algorithms and churn through 13 million scenes at peak processing rate of 780 scenes per second. Overall, it took us only 9.5 hours to process 130 Bn km² of cloud masks. We use EC2 Spot whenever we can to keep our costs down. We were able to save up to 70% of on-demand costs. Spot instances automatically pause and resume our work around interruptions, so our applications can start right where they left off.”
Grega Milcinski, Chief Executive Officer - Sinergise