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How to Get the Most Out of the Essentials Summary Page?

The Essentials Summary Page on nOps provides a comprehensive overview of your cost-saving opportunities and savings realizations. Here’s a guide to help you understand and utilize this page effectively.

Overview of the Essentials Summary Page

The Essentials Summary Page consists of several key sections:

  1. Filters

  2. Savings Summary

  3. Total Savings Chart

  4. Opportunities Summary

1. Filters

The filters section allows you to customize the data displayed on the Essentials Summary Page. You can filter by:

  • Date Range: Select a specific time frame to view data.

  • Cloud Account: Choose the cloud accounts you want to include in the analysis.

  • Opportunity Type: Filter by different types of cost saving opportunities such as Idle Resources, Rightsizing, Storage, and Scheduler.

2. Savings Summary

The Savings Summary provides a snapshot of your potential and realized savings:

  • Lost Opportunities to Date: Money you could have saved, if you purchased Essentials. In the last 60 days.

  • Estimated Total Savings: Estimated savings for the specified time period (MTD, 7 Days, 30 Days, 60 Days, 90 Days).

  • Net Savings %: The percentage of costs that you saved vs on-demand

  • Estimated Annualized Net Savings: What you will save in a year with Essentials (Estimated savings vs On-Demand with Essentials)

3. Total Savings Chart

The Total Savings Chart visualizes the potential savings over the selected time frame. Each bar in the chart represents a day, week, or month (depending on the selected view), with color-coded segments for different types of savings opportunities:

  • EC2 Rightsizing (Blue)

  • ASG Rightsizing (Sky Blue)

  • Storage (Green)

  • Scheduler (Dark Blue)

  • Idle Resources (Red)

This chart helps you quickly identify trends and the impact of different savings strategies.

4. Opportunities Summary

The Opportunities Summary section breaks down the potential savings by category:

  • Idle Resources: Savings from identifying and terminating idle EC2 instances and EBS volumes.

  • ASG Rightsizing: Savings from optimizing Auto Scaling Groups (ASG) with basic and enhanced recommendations.

  • EC2 Rightsizing: Savings from right-sizing EC2 instances with basic and enhanced recommendations.

  • Storage: Savings from optimizing storage usage such as upgrading from gp2 to gp3 EBS volumes.

  • Scheduler: Savings from scheduling workloads to run during off-peak hours.

Tips for Getting the Most Out of the Essentials Summary Page

Utilize Filters

Adjust the filters to focus on the most relevant data for your organization. For example, if you are only responsible for certain cloud accounts, filter out the others to avoid noise in your analysis.

Monitor Savings Summary

Regularly check the Savings Summary to track your progress. Aim to reduce the “Lost Opportunities to Date” and increase your “Net Savings %”.

Analyze the Total Savings Chart

Use the Total Savings Chart to identify which types of opportunities are contributing most to your potential savings. If you notice a significant portion of your potential savings is coming from a specific category, consider diving deeper into that area for more opportunities.

Act on Opportunities

Review the Opportunities Summary and prioritize the highest potential savings. Implement the recommendations for Idle Resources, EC2 Rightsizing, ASG Rightsizing, and Storage optimizations to maximize your savings.

Schedule Regular Reviews

Set up a regular cadence (e.g., weekly or monthly) to review the Essentials Summary Page. This helps you stay on top of new opportunities and ensures that you are continually optimizing your cloud costs.

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