How VMware Optimized Their Public Cloud Spend

Lydia Parker
Cloud Tech Journalist
Jul. 17, 2019
2 minute read

VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology, is committed to providing dynamic cloud computing and platform virtualization software and services. The first commercially successful company to virtualize the x86 architecture, VMware has continued to expand and innovate, with more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners globally today. 

As VMware started expanding its solutions across multiple cloud platforms, a common issue for cloud users arose: little visibility into skyrocketing costs. To combat this challenge, VMware required a platform that would bring a greater level of structure and transparency to their public cloud usage.

Initially, the VMware team attempted to consolidate all of their public cloud accounts into one single account but found it nearly impossible to get consistent cost data across their multicloud environment. It was similarly difficult to drill down into this data and associate spend with key business dimensions like individual business unit, cost center, etc. By design, public cloud platforms and their native tools—like AWS Cost Explorer—only provide insight into their own clouds. This is where CloudHealth came into the picture.

Utilizing CloudHealth’s comprehensive cloud management platform, VMware sought to improve visibility, optimization, and proactive management of their public cloud usage—with great success on all fronts. Thanks to CloudHealth, VMware is now able to present teams with consolidated data that clearly outlines how much is being spent on specific cloud services. 

With increased transparency into their cloud environment, VMware has been able to create a culture of accountability across the organization, and teams have been taught to employ cloud management best practices to clean up their cloud usage and spend going forward.  

The CloudHealth platform has allowed VMware to optimize their cloud spend and negotiate with vendors for better pricing based on actual usage and volume. Increased visibility enables the team to optimize discount pricing programs, such as Reserved Instances (RIs), far more effectively than before. 

To learn more about how CloudHealth optimized VMware’s use of Reserved Instances (RIs) and helped implement custom policy options that reduced public cloud compute cost by more than 35%, check out the full case study here.