Published: May 17, 2024

19% cloud cost savings in 30 days for StudyLink Connect with NCS next FinOps

Maximising the value of every dollar spent in the cloud

NCS helped StudyLink Connect, Australia’s leading cloud-based international admissions solution provider, achieve optimal cloud cost savings that allowed the company to continuously grow and innovate without disruptions.

The challenge:

StudyLink Connect has seen a steady rise in their cloud usage and costs on AWS platform over the past 3 years. Their engineering team was tasked to investigate optimising their costs effectively, with the aim of reducing wastage and identifying underutilised assets. However, this was highly time-consuming and they needed to quickly identify areas for cost savings on a continuous basis.

In order for them to stay competitive and deliver the best experiences to customers, StudyLink Connect required a single dashboard to view all their operational data in their cloud consumption so the team can instantly assess, interpret and take action to control costs, while focusing on continued innovation.

The solution:

NCS NEXT Cloud FinOps used their expertise and familiarity with the AWS environment to add value to StudyLink Connect’s engineering team. This helped to reduce StudyLink Connect’s cloud costs through their expert recommendations delivered via custom reports, asset visibility and continued cost governance, which included:

  • Committing long-term workloads
  • Identification and removal of underutilised instances
  • Identification and removal of wastage

The impact:


Within 30 days of the engagement kick-off, StudyLink Connect's monthly cost was reduced by a staggering 19%.

  • 100% removal of wastage and underutilised resources
  • 75% of long-term workloads with commitments applied 
  • 75% cost reduction through storage optimisation which led to a performance increase
  • Rightsizing on several large instances

StudyLink Connect's cloud optimisation journey goes beyond short-term savings. Following the optimisation exercise, NCS NEXT Cloud FinOps continues to monitor cloud cost and usage with automated policies, while preparing the team to adopt a FinOps Operating Model. This ensures their cloud environment remains optimised in anticipation of their future growth.

This article was first published in ARQ

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