How EE Increased Their Efficiency And Cloud Governance In AWS

Lydia Parker
Cloud Tech Journalist
Aug. 16, 2019
3 minute read

EE is the UK’s largest 4G network provider. Therefore, it’s imperative that the IT team at EE is able to ensure sufficient infrastructure capacity to support traffic during both normal periods and peak traffic events such as device launches and flash sales. A large part of the IT team’s job depends on maintaining efficiency and effectiveness within their AWS environment. 

“We began to identify inefficiencies in how the company was utilizing Amazon EC2 and RDS Instances, from a cost, deployment, and time perspective,” says Tyrone Forbes, Senior Capacity Performance Manager. “We decided to purchase a cloud service management solution in the hopes that manual calculations would no longer be necessary. The burden of manipulating Reserved Instances (RIs) across multiple environments, accounts, and availability zones became time consuming,” Tyrone continued.

EE needed a cloud service management solution that would optimize Reserved Instance (RI) management while providing unprecedented visibility into their multiple AWS accounts. To meet these needs, EE turned to CloudHealth.

CloudHealth’s cloud management platform has afforded EE the visibility and governance capabilities required to realize these goals. EE utilizes CloudHealth to maximize return on investment—identifying underutilized instances, facilitating instance purchasing, and keeping cost and usage in check while the company scales. 

The team at EE quickly realized the value of the CloudHealth platform’s automation capabilities in RI management, which the EE team has put into use to manage more than 2,000 Amazon EC2 Instances. EE has also taken advantage of CloudHealth’s governance capabilities, creating Perspectives and setting policies around things like elastic IPs. For example, certain actions trigger an automated alert, allowing the team at EE to maintain visibility with minimal effort. 

As a result of CloudHealth’s reporting capabilities, manual data calculations at EE have become a thing of the past. “I’d say we save at least a week of manpower every six months, using CloudHealth to analyze performance and usage instead of doing it ourselves,” says Tyrone.

To learn more about how CloudHealth helped EE achieve greater efficiency and visibility in AWS—including implementing automation policies and cost thresholds—check out the full case study.