How to save money on AWS Dev and Test environments


When it comes to setting up and utilizing development and test environments, cloud-based platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer a number of major advantages over traditional on-site hardware. But at the end of the day, most organizations are primarily interested in the money-saving potential of an AWS development environment. So in the following article, we’ll take a look at various ways you can save money on AWS development environments can help your company reduce running costs. We’ll also look at how third-party applications like CloudRanger can further decrease the cost of running your development and test environments on AWS.

Cost Saving Features Of AWS Development Environments

AWS provides countless businesses with consistent, extremely flexible environments for development and testing. And thanks to this high level of flexibility, the platform has the potential to save a substantial amount of money for its users.

For example, a company that hosts its own on-site dev and test environments are stuck with the fixed costs associated with hardware, hosting, etc. The company will end up paying these set fees/sunk costs regardless of how much development or testing actually takes place.

On the other hand, a company utilizing AWS ends up paying only for what it uses. For example, if a company ends up needing more server capacity to launch additional development/test environments, AWS makes it easy to quickly scale up without having to worry about physical hardware. And if the need for more servers/environments diminishes, it’s just as easy to scale back down, which drops the price accordingly. And since AWS is only charging users for what they actually need, the sunk costs and space-related constraints associated with onsite hardware is a thing of the past.

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This same pay-as-you-go approach applies to RDS and EC2 instances, both of which can be paused and restarted as needed, or put on a regular schedule. As such, your company isn’t wasting money by running production environments during regular periods of inactivity such as nights or weekends. Some companies have reported saving as much as 70 percent on their AWS bill simply by utilizing this scheduling feature. AWS also allows companies to purchase “Reserve Instances” for future development/testing needs as well as unused EC2 capacity, both of which are offered at substantially discounted rates.

Another cost-saving benefit of using an AWS development environment is the wide array of management tools provided by Amazon. AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodePipeline, and AWS CodeDeploy are just a few of the many services that can be utilized to automate and streamline testing and development, ensuring a seamless transition to deployment as part of the overall DevOps process.

Further Simplify The Process With CloudRanger

The benefits of using an AWS development environment are fairly straightforward. But unfortunately, the same can not be said for the AWS user interface. Utilizing all of the platform’s
cost-saving features requires a certain amount of scripting know how, which puts them out of reach for many users. But by incorporating a third-party vendor like CloudRanger, businesses of any size can greatly simplify the process.

Our intuitive dashboard makes it easy to take advantage of all that AWS has to offer by eliminating the need for scripting. CloudRanger also makes it easy to scale up or down by letting users spin up new production environments and schedule deployments in just a few easy steps.

About CloudRanger

Our newly updated service will save your business both time and money by allowing users to more efficiently manage their AWS accounts. And with our simple scheduling and automation tools, IT and DevOps professionals will be able to automate important yet mundane tasks and focus on more important matters.

Try CloudRanger For Free

Whether you are a small business, a medium business, or an enterprise user of Amazon Web Services, CloudRanger has features that will meet your specific needs. Our AWS cloud management system is easy to install, which means your business can be up and running with CloudRanger in no time. And best of all, you can even try CloudRanger for free for 14 days. So why not experience all the money-saving features and time-saving benefits CloudRanger has to offer?


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