Documentation and Best Practices

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Scorecards help you understand how well you're running your cloud. We make it easy to compare different business units within your organization, so that you can identify teams that are leading the charge to adopt cloud native practices. We also benchmark your cloud usage relative to other companies, giving you additional context into how optimized your usage is.

The first step is to identify the dimension that you'll use to compare different business units within your company. Many of our customers use Linked Accounts to isolate team infrastructure for security reasons, which has the added benefit of making it simple to see costs for a particular team. You can also select a timeframe for the scorecards comparison, looking at either 10 or 30 days of history.

Having selected a Grouping Dimension, we now show your different business units compared against each other. The cohort visualization gives you a quick triage to identify teams that are inexpensive and less optimized (Team Ralph) versus teams that are relatively more expensive and more optimized (Team Donatello).

One particular challenge with optimizing your cloud architecture is that there are diminishing marginal returns to optimization. Addressing the most egregiously mis-sized instances will often save our customers 20 percent of their overall bill, but if you reach the point where you're looking at an individual m4.xlarge box and debating between moving to a t3 and an m5a, you might have reached (or long since crossed) the point of diminishing returns.

We show how your cloud usage compares to the distribution of other organizations that use the cloud similarly. We base these cohorts of other organizations on a variety of factors, including monthly spending, services used, historical growth in particular services, etc.



Scoring Metrics

We've identified three components of a Well-Architected cloud that end-users can easily implement. These are all scored on a scale of 0 to 100, with higher values indicating increasing optimization:

Rightsizing Score - Measures how well you've matched the size of a resource to the workload. Note that this excludes spot resources, where there isn't necessarily any penalty for overprovisioning
Elasticity Score - Measures how well you are turning resources on and off in response to changing demand
Pricing Score - Measures how well you're taking advantage of different purchasing options (including Spot and Reserved Instances) to pay the best possible price for a given resource
The Overall Score combines these three components to give you a single metric measuring your overall cloud efficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

What dimensions can I use to group business units?

We support tags, business mappings, account groups and well as Account Name and Account ID.

Does this consider spending beyond EC2?

We currently support AWS EC2 and Azure Compute. We will be adding support for other AWS, Azure and GCP services in the future.

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