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Flexsave

DoiT Flexsave helps businesses manage and optimize their cloud-compute discounts for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud (GCP) without the commitment management or forecasting challenges.

Flexsave delivers the equivalent savings of a 1-year commitment without the commitment! There's no reservation management needed, no costs to enable, and guaranteed savings on all covered workloads.

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Benefits

  • No commitment AWS and GCP provide cloud-compute discounts (SPs, RIs, and CUDs) with mandatory commitment periods lasting one year or more. Flexsave provides the same cloud-compute discounts with no commitments.

  • No risk Flexsave will automatically apply discount mechanisms to cover your stable workload. We handle capacity planning and optimization.

  • Zero cost Flexsave costs nothing. There are no hidden fees, and you are guaranteed to save money.

  • Easy to use Flexsave runs on auto-pilot, continually applying the optimum cost-saving strategy to your account. You can enable or disable Flexsave whenever you like.

How it works

Flexsave is a Machine Learning (ML) powered solution that provides simplified, automated management of on-demand compute workloads for optimized cost and agility.

Flexsave enables you to automatically attach the ideal blend of discount mechanisms to your billing account. Flexsave continually re-adjusts your mix of discount mechanisms as your resource utilization changes to maximize your potential savings.

We will automatically convert your Flexsave savings to account credits and deduct them from your monthly invoice.

Start saving

Within the DoiT Console, select Savings from the top menu bar, then select Flexsave from the drop-down menu. If Flexsave isn't active, you'll see the Flexsave start page:

A screenshot of the Flexsave dashboard inviting you to start saving

At the top of the screen, you can see:

  • Your estimated savings rate (based on your on-demand spend history)
  • Your estimated monthly savings as a result of using Flexsave
  • Your estimated monthly on-demand spend after applying your Flexsave discount

To enable Flexsave, select the START SAVING button on the bottom left-hand corner of the page.

Note

Required permissions: Flexsave Admin

Default roles with this permission:

Caution

Customers should expect to see some changes in their AWS Console or Google Cloud Console after enabling Flexsave:

  • AWS customers with dedicated billing accounts will see AWS accounts with names like fs-xxxxx attached to your AWS organization. These accounts will contain some combination of commitments. See the AWS FAQ for more information.

  • GCP customers will see projects with resource commitments and names like doitintl-fs-xxxxxxx attached to your billing account. See the GCP FAQ for more information.

Monitor your savings

Within the DoiT Console, select Savings from the top menu bar, then select Flexsave from the drop-down menu. If Flexsave is active, you'll see the Flexsave dashboard:

An example screenshot of the Flexsave dashboard

In the example screenshot above, Flexsave for GCP has only been active for one and a half months and has already saved the customer a total of $248,145 on their on-demand cloud-compute spend.

In the top right-hand corner of the screen, a Time range drop-down menu allows you to select the time range you want to view. Above the bar chart, there are three essential statistics for the specified time range:

  • Time range savings rate The effective discount applied to your on-demand spend
  • Time range savings Your savings as a result of using Flexsave
  • Time range net On-Demand spend Your net on-demand spend after applying Flexsave discounts

In the bar chart shown above:

  • The dark blue area of each bar represents the net GCP on-demand spend for that month
  • The light blue area of the bar represents the on-demand spend you would have paid without Flexsave
  • The shaded regions represent forecasted numbers based on the current usage patterns

Invoicing

On your monthly invoices, you will see a line item for Flexsave credits with information like this:

  • Description: Flexsave Savings
  • Units: -1
  • PPU: $206,967.51

Because Units is always set to -1 (indicating a credit), the Flexsave Price Per Unit (PPU) amount is subtracted from your total spend.

Here's an abbreviated example:

DescriptionUnitsPPUPrice
Google Cloud1$574,813.82$574,813.82
Flexsave Savings-1$206,967.51-$206,967.51
Total$206,967.51

FAQ

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For platform-specific information, see:

How much can I save?

In most cases, your savings will be equivalent to (or higher than) the applicable AWS Convertible Reserved Instance 1-year Full Upfront or 1-year Google resource-based committed use discounts.

How is using Flexsave better than purchasing discounts directly from AWS or GCP?

You must commit to at least one year of consistent usage to receive a discount when purchasing directly from AWS or GCP.

Flexsave does not require any commitments, allowing you to adapt your workload and machine types to suit your changing needs without the hassle of capacity planning and the risk of under or over-provisioning.

Why don't I see the option to enable Flexsave?

Flexsave will be unavailable if either of the following is true:

  • You recently connected your AWS or GCP account, and we haven't finished importing and processing your billing data.
  • You do have not yet met the minimum seven days of qualifying on-demand spend needed for Flexsave to begin analyzing your resource utilization.

If we are still importing and processing your billing data, you can select the NOTIFY ME button to receive an update when Flexsave is available.

Can I turn off Flexsave?

You can disable Flexsave at any time. If you want to disable Flexsave, please create a new request for our support team.

Is Flexsave compatible with cloud security auditing?

Yes. However, you are not permitted to interact with any AWS or GCP account operated by DoiT International. The accounts we attach to your organization are empty (i.e., contain no resources), except for the commitments we have made available to you for credit or discount sharing.

Contact us

If you have any additional questions about Flexsave, please contact our support team.