About the Company
This managed services company delivers cloud-based recurring revenue management solutions to companies around the world, helping them drive growth through the company’s comprehensive data management, analytics, automation and services capabilities. The company manages $14.5 billion in recurring revenue for the world’s largest and most respected technology and B2B companies and sells both managed services and a SaaS product, used by major brands including Dell, IBM and Blackboard, Inc.
In 2010, the company chose to launch its SaaS offering on AWS, instead of hosting the new application on its internal data center. The move was part of a broader strategy to outsource select expertise and services, enabling the company to better focus on core business activities such as development and R&D. The company realized the need for sophisticated IT operations management expertise that didn’t exist internally. Specifically, it needed help with monitoring and measuring of customer applications and executing a variety of repeatable tasks such as build and deploy, provisioning, moving workloads, and creating and managing test and demo environments. AWS referred the services of cloud management and monitoring provider 2nd Watch.
2nd Watch Partnership
2nd Watch’s first order of business was to analyze and optimize the company’s cost and usage on AWS and to take over performance monitoring in order to set up proactive alerts to know of issues before a customer called. 2nd Watch essentially fulfilled the NOC (network operations center) role for the organization.
2nd Watch also helped in standardizing and deploying operational tasks, which included applying and managing top IT automation and change management tools such as Chef, Puppet and AWS CloudFormation.
Results with 2nd Watch
Cost savings.Through its proven capacity planning and management practices, usage monitoring and recommendations on AWS configuration and utilization, 2nd Watch was a pivotal player in hefty cloud cost savings achieved by the company. The organization has realized a monthly savings on AWS of more than $100,000, a figure predicted to continue to increase. The company’s team is also getting much better at managing its AWS footprint for cost effectiveness.
Responsiveness. The company also points to the highly professional and responsive staff at 2nd Watch, when problems or questions arose that needed quick attention. For instance, the organization wanted to take advantage of the AWS Auto Scale “self-correcting” features in the AWS infrastructure design, an effort that 2nd Watch had ample experience developing for other clients. The company relied upon the expertise of 2nd Watch to design, implement and manage the environment on Amazon.
Stability. Important to the company was the constant ability to know about any issues before a customer does. 2nd Watch brought that peace of mind to the table by being proactive about watching the site and minimizing performance issues and downtime.