Rappi Saves Big During Latin America And AWS Expansion

04.05.19
Jackson Lucas
Cloud Tech Journalist

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Rappi is an on-demand delivery startup set on acheiving something monumental—becoming the defacto ‘everything’ store for Latin America. Seem like a lofty goal? It might not be. The once-small startup now boasts thousands of employees and has experienced aggressive growth across Latin America, branching out from their Colombian headquarters to reach markets in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.

As Rappi began expanding into other Latin American countries, they needed to focus on scaling their AWS cloud ecosystem at an equally proportionate rate. While the team found it relatively easy to grow their AWS services portfolio, they soon encountered some challenges trying to properly manage all their new growth.

We take a look at how they found a solution to help control their growing AWS footprint.

 
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“On a daily basis, I get an alert to approve a workflow to create snapshots and then deleted unattached EBS volumes. This has saved us $5,000 a month.” —Jesus Sanches, Rappi

Rappi invests in AWS expansion

As a born-in-the-cloud startup, Rappi invested in AWS early because of their strong presence in Latin America. Expanding Rappi’s AWS portfolio was natural and easy, scaling seamlessly alongside their growing business footprint. But as Rappi’s AWS portfolio grew, so did their AWS bill…and not quite as proportionally as they had originally projected.

Alejandro Comisario, Vice President of DevOps and Infrastructure, and Jesus Sanchez, Project Manager of DevOps and Infrastructure, were tasked with finding a solution that could provide visibility across Rappi’s rapidly scaling environment and to help reduce their monthly AWS bills.

While reducing cloud spend is a worthwhile endeavor for any organization, for early startups looking to scale fast on limited budgets, efficient spending in the early days can be the difference between success and failure.

Rappi ultimately ended up selecting CloudHealth for its cost reporting, optimization, and governance capabilities. With CloudHealth’s tagging policies, Rappi can now analyze their AWS deployment by country to understand how much each country is costing them.  

“We had a goal of saving $5,000 a week. We exceeded that goal by identifying $16,000 in the first 10 days of using CloudHealth, and we now see savings of $40,000 a month.” —Jesus Sanchez

Rappi is also taking advantage of CloudHealth to help identify cloud waste and implement automated policies to help maintain control over their AWS environment. Not only does this help reduce costs, but it helps establish and maintain best practices for the rest of the organization to abide by moving forward.

Read the full case study to learn more about how Rappi is using CloudHealth to help reduce spend and regain control of their AWS ecosystem.

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