FloSports was in trouble. Streaming subscriptions for their live sporting events were climbing, but so were costs – especially their Amazon Web Services (AWS) bill.
The sports network’s AWS spend was growing 8.6 percent compounded monthly, far outpacing revenue growth. They needed to relieve this pain point quickly without interrupting product development or diminishing user broadcast experience.
“We did some simple things ourselves, like turning off a few expensive servers that we knew weren’t in use, but it didn’t make much of a dent,” said Truong-An Thai, FloSports’ Director of Engineering. “When we talked to Exstratus, they promised to cut at least 15 percent in two weeks, and we honestly didn’t believe it was possible.”
This cost graph illustrates the challenge, showing the relative growth in FloSports’ AWS spending over the prior 12 months.
How Exstratus Took Action
Exstratus analyzed AWS usage at a granular level, thoroughly cataloging costs across FloSports’ linked AWS accounts. Within days, Exstratus found creative cost-cutting opportunities that the team hadn’t considered.
Then Exstratus went deeper, running performance profiling on all production servers, both during baseline and peak traffic periods. Using the data, Exstratus created a list of the production resources that could be immediately downsized and assisted the team in executing the server migrations. Downsizes saved 50 to 75 percent each.
Finally, Exstratus developed custom cost-tracking processes and tools. FloSports’ AWS activity was monitored continuously for out-of-band increases, allowing the team to act quickly on new savings opportunities.
It was incredible what Exstratus was able to accomplish in such a short time… The ROI was massive and immediate. I wish every engineering project could go like this.
Thuong-An Thai, Director of Engineering
After just 10 business days, Exstratus and the FloSports team had reduced AWS expenses by 35 percent. And with new monitoring and accountability, the costs stayed low.
“It was incredible what Exstratus was able to accomplish in such a short time,” said Thai. “The ROI was massive and immediate. I wish every engineering project could go like this.”
“I truly can’t believe that it was possible to achieve these savings,” said Tim Sullivan, FloSports’ VP of Product. “We’re thrilled with the work Exstratus did for us.”
With their cloud infrastructure costs in check, FloSports can now focus on accelerating growth into new markets.