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Optimized Cloud Environments Save $100,000 in Operational Costs

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03/11/2021
Optimized Cloud Environments Save $100,000 in Operational Costs

Overview

MetroStar partnered with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s (DoT) to manage their cloud environment and network, which hosts both applications and public websites. This process included managing, maintaining, and where necessary, optimizing, the agency’s cloud environments. 

At the DoT, MetroStar systematically reviewed the environment, consisting of dozens of customer environments websites in their entirety to identify gaps and future recommendations. Furthermore, we helped the agency define their cloud standards and architecturewhile systematically reviewing the entire environment to identify gaps and recommendations.  

Our work with DoT’s cloud stakeholders helped identify areas of improvements, and reduced cloud environment operating costs by approximately $50K+ per year. This was accomplished by enabling reserved instances, decommissioning old instances, snapshot cleanups, and deploying S3 Lifecycle Policies, saving an additional $24K a month. 

Regular reviews and O&M of the AWS cloud environments will provide further cost savings due to fine tuning server specs, run-time, and services offered (condensed or streamlined). 


Key Outcomes

45%

monthly resolution increase

FedRAMP ATO

achieved for Cloud Environments 

300M+

monthly website hits 

$100K

infrastructure and automation costs saved

FIPS 140-2

validated and implemented 

Tech, Tools, and Approach

  • Acquia Drupal was used for the agency’s main public website in order to provide a current, modern CMS for website use and development. The Acquia environment also provided a more stable platform than the previous SharePoint environment. 

  • Provided efficiencies for end-users by reducing the operational costs of security and monitoring the leveraging of the shared services model hosted on top of AWS to deploy Infrastructure as a Service. 

  • Additional methods used were the CloudFormation template, launching instances, security patching, and managing CI/CD deployments.