Cloud FinOps: Financial operations optimization for cost-effective cloud management.

Cloud FinOps

Maximising Value and Minimising Costs in the Cloud Era

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A beacon for enterprises seeking not just to leverage the benefits of the cloud but to do so in a financially disciplined and optimised manner.

Business Scenario

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital transformation, businesses are rapidly embracing cloud technologies to drive innovation, enhance agility, and stay ahead in a competitive marketplace. However, with the myriad opportunities presented by the cloud comes the challenge of efficiently managing the associated costs. The need for precise financial control and strategic optimisation in the cloud environment has never been more critical.

Large organisations face several significant challenges when it comes to managing and controlling cloud resources and their consumption. These challenges can impact their ability to optimise costs and effectively use cloud resources. Some of the main challenges include:

Complexity and Scale

Extensive and complex cloud infrastructures with numerous accounts, workloads, services, and resources. Managing this complexity at scale can be challenging and may lead to increased spending.

Lack of Visibility

Gaining full visibility into cloud usage and spending across multiple teams and business units can be difficult. Without clear visibility, it is challenging to identify cost drivers and opportunities for optimisation.

Resource Sprawl

Over time there is an increase in resource sprawl, where unused or underutilised resources accumulate, driving up costs. Managing and eliminating this sprawl can be time-consuming.

Complex Pricing Models

Cloud providers offer a variety of pricing models and options, including on-demand, reserved instances, and spot instances, each with its own complexities. Choosing the right pricing model for each resource can be challenging.

Data Transfer Costs

Data transfer costs between cloud regions, zones, and services can be significant and are often overlooked. Managing and optimising these costs can be complex.

Inadequate Cloud Governance

The absence of robust cloud governance practices can lead to unchecked resource creation and configuration changes, resulting in higher costs and potential security risks.

Legacy Systems Integration

Some legacy systems need to be integrated with cloud services. This integration can introduce complexity and costs that need to be carefully managed.

In this dynamic scenario, Celfocus’s Cloud FinOps Offer is tailored to empower businesses to harness the full potential of cloud resources but also to do so with a strong focus on cost-effectiveness and financial transparency.

Our Approach

How Celfocus is helping Enterprises with Cloud FinOps

Celfocus proposes a multi-cloud solution that will become the foundation for the existing and future cloud architectures, aligned with the FinOps Foundation Framework and compliant with the organisations' business, security, and operations requirements.

The framework foundations will ensure a set of best practices and capabilities, allowing:


The FinOps Foundation Framework will allow a standardised set of best practices and guidelines for cloud financial management.

FinOps Processes

Designing well-defined processes for cost tracking, analysis, optimisation, and governance will allow the establishment of guidelines for resource provisioning, budgeting, cost allocation, and chargeback mechanisms.

Cost Monitoring and Reporting Tools

Cloud cost management tools enable visibility into cloud spending, track costs, generate reports, and provide insights into cost drivers and optimisation opportunities.

Cost Attribution and Chargebacks

In larger organisations with multiple teams, FinOps facilitates cost attribution and chargebacks, allowing to track cloud costs associated with different projects, departments, or clients.


The FinOps Framework promotes collaboration between finance, operations, and development teams, essential for aligning cloud spending with business goals and awareness for all stakeholders.

Risk Mitigation

FinOps practices allow organisations to mitigate financial risks associated with cloud spending, reducing the potential for unexpected cost spikes.

To achieve a central model of FinOps Cost Management, Celfocus proposes a solution with different layers aiming to collect the necessary information from the accounts and workloads of Cloud Providers.

Cloud Sources Layer

Collect data from the different cloud providers in scope, such as Workloads, Network, Storage, and Costs.

Resource Tags and Labels Layer

Implement an account structure and tagging dictionary to map costs and usage according to workloads and organisational structure.

Tagging Identification

Celfocus uses an in-house developed accelerator to find missing tags in cloud resources.

Application Layer

Celfocus adopts a solution to implement a central intelligence for FinOps Cost Management.

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Celfocus’s Cloud FinOps approach delivers the following key benefits:

Visibility of Cloud usage and costs
Performance Tracking and Benchmarking
Real-Time Decision Making
Cloud Rate Optimisation
Cloud Usage Optimisation
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Use Cases

CSP Tier 1

Celfocus supported the implementation of a FinOps solution framework for cloud optimisation on AWS Cloud. The FinOps solution used a spot instances model implementation for the workloads (balanced for production environments, full Spot in non-production), aiming to switch the demand for short-lived situations.

One of the main challenges was the lack of best development practices that caused applications to be deployed without any information about the minimum specifications required for their operation, causing the Kubernetes cluster to become unstable as it was unable to make the best decisions about how applications should be accommodated. Vertical Pod Autoscaling (VPA) was brought into the dynamic assessment of each application's consumption baseline, and Karpenter was configured to analyse the required workloads and decide the number and type of instances that should be deployed for a cost-effective environment. These mechanisms instantly adapted to new situations and baselines.

By having spot instances, right-sizing, and intelligent autoscaling, the cost of the EC2 service was reduced by more than 40% when compared to its previous full on-demand one instance type fits-all approach, while providing an overall more stable and resilient platform.

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Use Cases

Global CSP

Celfocus supported the implementation of Next Generation Monitoring (NGM) on the AWS Cloud with FinOps optimisation by design. NGM is a near real-time AI operations service monitoring with autonomous anomaly detection over core service events. Overall service response times were reduced by performing faster pinpoint of probable root causes with Machine Learning, and automating ticket creation & tracking.

Projects involving real-time data streaming require a lot of computing resources, and keeping cloud costs low can be a challenge to maintain. With non-production environments with automatic shutdown and startup policies, spot instances for project sandboxes, and right-sizing of production infrastructure to avoid over-provisioning, it was possible to achieve approximately 35% cost reduction.

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