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Businesses are continually seeking ways to optimize their operations, reduce costs, and enhance performance. Cloud computing, with its promise of scalability and flexibility, has become a cornerstone of modern IT strategies. However, managing cloud costs and performance can be a complex endeavor.  

According to a report by Flexera, 73% of enterprises cited optimizing existing use of cloud (cost savings) as their top initiative. Additionally, a study by Gartner predicts that through 2024, 60% of infrastructure and operations leaders will experience public cloud cost overruns that negatively impact their on-premises budgets. This is where AWS Optimization and Licensing Assessment (OLA) comes into play.  

What is AWS OLA? 

AWS OLA is a no-cost program offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that helps businesses optimize their cloud usage and licensing. AWS OLA’s main goal is to provide insights into cost savings and performance improvements by analyzing existing workloads and providing recommendations for better resource utilization. The assessment considers various aspects such as licensing, infrastructure, and operational practices to deliver a comprehensive optimization strategy tailored to the organization’s specific needs.

A recent report conducted by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) shows that on average customers can save 77% on Windows Server and 45% on SQL Server licensing cost. The Optimization and Licensing Assessment will enable you to model your deployment options using your existing licensing entitlements and reduce overall costs by an average of 36% in the process. 

Why is OLA Essential? 

  • Complexity of Enterprise Licensing: Navigating the myriad of licensing options and understanding their implications can be daunting. 
  • Overprovisioned Resources: Organizations often overestimate their needs, leading to underutilized resources and increased costs. 
  • Identifying Optimal AWS Services: With numerous AWS services available, choosing the right ones that align with specific business requirements is crucial but challenging. 

AWS OLA helps address these challenges by offering a structured approach to evaluate and optimize cloud resources, ensuring that businesses can make informed decisions and avoid unnecessary expenditures. 

Benefits of AWS OLA 

Cost Reduction: One of the most significant benefits of AWS OLA is cost reduction. By analyzing current cloud usage and licensing, OLA provides actionable recommendations to eliminate waste and optimize resource allocation. On average, businesses can reduce their overall cloud costs by up to 36% through the assessment. 

Enhanced Performance: AWS OLA not only focuses on cost savings but also on performance optimization. The assessment identifies underperforming resources and suggests improvements, ensuring that workloads run efficiently and reliably. This leads to better application performance and user satisfaction. 

Improved Licensing Efficiency: Navigating the complexities of software licensing, especially for Microsoft workloads, can be challenging. AWS OLA helps businesses understand and optimize their licensing entitlements, ensuring they are not overspending on unnecessary licenses while fully utilizing their existing investments. 

Increased Visibility and Control: Through AWS OLA, organizations gain greater visibility into their cloud environment. The assessment provides detailed insights into resource utilization, helping businesses monitor and control their cloud spend more effectively. This visibility enables better governance and decision-making. 

Scalability and Flexibility: The recommendations provided by AWS OLA are designed to enhance the scalability and flexibility of cloud operations. By aligning resources more closely with actual needs, businesses can scale their operations up or down with ease, adapting to changing demands without incurring unnecessary costs. 

Strategic Planning: AWS OLA empowers organizations with the data and insights needed for strategic planning. By understanding current usage patterns and future requirements, businesses can develop more effective cloud strategies that align with their long-term goals. 

AWS OLA by Eficens DiscoverCloud 

Eficens DiscoverCloud is an Advanced Tier Services Partner for AWS specializing in serverless app migration and full infrastructure migration. Our expertise extends to boosting business IT harmony and workforce efficiency through seamless cloud integration. Our AWS consultants help clients to optimize existing cloud infrastructure or embark on a new cloud journey by guiding them every step of the way, ensuring success and driving innovation for the business.  

Explore the stellar advantages of performing OLA with Eficens DiscoverCloud in our ebook:

Conclusion
In an era where cloud computing is integral to business success, optimizing cloud resources is more critical than ever. AWS Optimization and Licensing Assessment (OLA) offers a robust solution to help businesses navigate the complexities of cloud management, reduce costs, and enhance performance. By leveraging AWS OLA, organizations can ensure they are making the most of their cloud investments, driving efficiency, and positioning themselves for future growth.

Are you ready to optimize your cloud resources and unlock significant savings? Embrace the power of cloud with Eficens DiscoverCloud’s no-cost OLA. Take the first step towards a more efficient and cost-effective cloud strategy with our AWS consultants!

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