Cloud Finance

Balance costs, performance and capacity throughout your cloud journey by applying the right strategies, tools and resources.

Here to help.

The Cloud is inherently a more cost effective approach over on-premises infrastructure, however, achieving those benefits are easier said than done.

AWS Catalyst Program

Get more from your AWS investment through Aligned’s AWS Catalyst Program. By becoming a Catalyst Member, you have immediate access to a range of value-centric services designed to simplify your cloud operations, optimize your cloud spend and ensure both your cloud compliance and cloud security.

Managed Cloud Services

Driving increased value throughout your cloud journey.

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Cloud Financial Management & Cost Optimization

Billing & Payment

Manage Billing & Payments centrally for multiple accounts and monitor trends to understand the cost drivers and any concerning factors.

Pricing Models

Select Advantageous Pricing Models to match your unique requirements including the use of Savings Plans, Reserved Instances and EDP’s (Economic Discount Programs).

Tools & Resources

Identify and Implement Tools and Resources for estimating, budgeting, and dynamically adjusting services to meet changing business needs.

Balance Cost/Benefit

Balance Costs, Performance & Capacity with powerful tools as you optimize resource and services usage.

Funding Program Management

Identify, Obtain and Track funding through unique programs offered to AWS clients and partners.

AWS Cloud Cost Optimization

Our AWS Cost Optimization offering leverages a comprehensive suite of tools, methodologies and experts to drive 10-30% savings across your cloud environment.

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AWS Well-Architected Framework Review

Aligned’s AWS Well-Architected Framework Review (WAFR) provides a robust analysis of your AWS environments in regards to best practices adherence and alignment for all Six Pillars as described below. WAFR helps cloud architects build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure for a variety of applications and workloads.

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The full Story
of Cloud Finance

Cloud Financial Management and Cost Optimization cannot be done the same way in which your organization manages legacy technology services and infrastructure today. These consumption based services power the business for ultimate innovation and flexibility however, they must be tracked, optimized and supported with a greater level of granularity and real time visibility. 

Aligned is here to help you get the most from your cloud investment.  Whether you are new to the cloud, or have some experiences behind you, our experts will help you understand the strategies and nuances of cloud pricing, the segmentation of service costs and available tools and resources which help you proactively manage your cloud financials.

Ultimately we guide you to achieve balance in your cloud utilization and investment, so that your financial team can consistently and accurately forecast your cloud spend while empowering business agility.

Planning on making a significant investment to move an application to the cloud or migrate on-prem services to the cloud? Aligned can help you build the proper business case for funding and other benefits offered by AWS. 

Real Customer Stories

Technology is a tool or instrument that is part of a bigger picture. Our mission is to help you and your organization develop, execute, and manage your strategic business initiatives more efficiently and effectively to achieve your business goals.

Healthcare Technology Organization

42% Cost Savings 

Issue:

Client manages and supports a dozen data centers across the globe, with consistent pricing pressures, there was a need to identify ways to reduce cost while not impacting customer production environments.

 

What we did

  1. Data Center Review
  2. Cost Optimization
  3. Contract Negotiation

Result:

  • ATG drove 42% cost savings for the client through service consolidation and cost optimization efforts.
  • Customer was able to reduce data center footprint while shutting off aging or end of life equipment without impacting production systems with customer facing environments in operation.

National Insurance Company

18% Cost Savings

Issue:

Client maintained an in house data center with two colocation facilities on the east coast. Client was interested in moving out of one of the data center facilities and opening up a new DR solution in central US.

 

What we did

  1. Data Center Review
  2. Disaster Recovery Planning & Business Continuity Planning
  3. Cost Optimization

Result:

  • ATG was able to work with client to build a disaster recovery plan and work with various stakeholders to coordinate business and technology needs.
  • ATG drove a 18% cost savings in existing data center footprint while also deploying a new DR facility in Central US region
  • ATG worked with client to eliminate the need for all on-prem infrastructure in existing building resulting in full data center turndown.

Regional Healthcare Organization

51% Cost Savings per Month

Issue:

Small AWS deployment with little management oversight and a lack of cloud skills internal to the organization moving from traditional infrastructure to SaaS and cloud based solutions.

 

What we did

  1. AWS Audit
  2. Cost Optimization Review
  3. Ongoing Monitoring

Result:

  • Eliminated unused storage volumes and the old application server no longer in use, the charges for AWS resulted in a savings of 51% per month.
  • We’ll continue to monitor AWS billing and finance to ensure maintenance of savings and identify other future changes.

Real Money Gaming Organization

Cost Savings of 15%

Issue:

Customer was consistently seeing a month over month increase in their AWS spend which was driving service profitability down with limited visibility for the leadership team.

 

What we did

  1. AWS Review
  2. Cost Optimization Review
  3. Cloud Management Platform

Result:

  • ATG conducted a service review with the client and AWS in order to validate services in use and drivers in the business that were generating the demand for growth in service usage.
  • ATG worked with AWS and the client to drive both technical and commercial recommendations which generated cost savings of 15% on their primary services.
  • ATG implemented, maintained and supported a cloud management platform to provide both technology and business teams with visibility on past service and cost usage, forecasting of upcoming services, security recommendations and other useful insights.

International Technology Firm

Cost Savings of 36%

Issue:

Customer had a renewal coming up in 1 week and had not spent any time adjusting cost for their services or validating product need. They were planning on renewing their services as is with no adjustments for 12 months.

 

What we did

  1. Data Center Services Audit
  2. Cost Optimization Review
  3. Services Negotiation

Result:

  • With a 1 hour customer call, we were able to collect all necessary information to help kick off their data center project aiding consolidation of services from various providers, optimizing cost and adjusting services
  • ATG recommended a more modern approach for network services and backup solutions resulting in more service for less cost.
  • ATG was able to drive a 36% cost reduction for all services moving forward.

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Cost Optimization

Issue: Small AWS deployment with little management oversight and a lack of cloud skills internal to the organization moving from traditional infrastructure to SaaS and cloud based solutions.

 

What we did

  1. AWS Audit
  2. Cost Optimization Review
  3. Ongoing Monitoring

 

Result:

  • Eliminated unused storage volumes and the old application server no longer in use, the charges for AWS resulted in a savings of 51% per month.
  • We’ll continue to monitor AWS billing and finance to ensure maintenance of savings and identify other future changes.

Cost Optimization

Issue: Small AWS deployment with little management oversight and a lack of cloud skills internal to the organization moving from traditional infrastructure to SaaS and cloud based solutions.

 

What we did

  1. AWS Audit
  2. Cost Optimization Review
  3. Ongoing Monitoring

 

Result:

  • Eliminated unused storage volumes and the old application server no longer in use, the charges for AWS resulted in a savings of 51% per month.
  • We’ll continue to monitor AWS billing and finance to ensure maintenance of savings and identify other future changes.