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GreenFirst Forest Products

GreenFirst Forest Products is focused on sustainable forest management and lumber production. The Company owns 7 sawmills and 1 paper mill across Ontario and Quebec. GFFP is a significant lumber producer in Canada. GreenFirst’s mills are located in rich wood baskets proudly operating over 9.1 million hectares of FSC® certified public and private Canadian forestland. The Company believes that responsible forest practices, coupled with the long-term green advantage of lumber, provide GreenFirst with significant cyclical and secular advantages in building products.

Overview

Data Centralization through Data Warehousing

THE CHALLENGE

GFFP came to Ollion early 2022 provisioning instances AWS Cloud On- Demand, not aware of the myriad of ways to optimize save. Their focus was ways to save money in the Cloud, while at the same time monitoring their performance usage.

THE SOLUTION

The proposed solution was twofold; Develop a strategy to cover the On Demand compute with a Savings Plan (SP) as well as right size instances so they experienced higher utilization rate.

THE OUTCOME

The Savings Plan was purchased, and the savings were immediate. With the new Savings Plan, GFFP was realizing $120,000 annually in savings by locking in a 3-year commitment.

The challenge

GFFP came to Ollion early 2022 provisioning instances AWS Cloud On- Demand, not aware of the myriad of ways to optimize save. Their focus was ways to save money in the Cloud, while at the same time monitoring their performance usage.

The Solution

The proposed solution was twofold; Develop a strategy to cover the On Demand compute with a Savings Plan (SP) as well as right size instances so they experienced higher utilization rate.

In terms of immediate savings on EC2/Compute Usage, we proposed purchasing a 3-year Savings Plan. Continuing to review opportunities for optimization and further savings, it was determined that several instances were not heavily utilized (low memory and/or CPU utilization) and in turn were identified as being overprovisioned. We also made recommendations to right size the resources, to realize additional savings.

The Business Benefits

The Savings Plan was purchased, and the savings were immediate. With the new Savings Plan, GFFP was realizing $120,000 annually in savings by locking in a 3- year commitment. In terms of Right Sizing, our recommendations of smaller servers that could run the needed workloads proved to be a great opportunity for them to size down and save roughly $50,000 annually. With these adjustments in place, GFFP realized the lowest overall Cloud spend, while saving $170,000 annually.

GFFP came to Ollion needing help in understanding how to lower their Cloud costs. By leveraging the business logic and tools developed both by AWS and Ollion, they were able to optimize their spend while continuing to meet their business needs. With our guidance, GFFP saw the benefit of making a longer commitment, 3-years in this case, in order to achieve higher level of cost savings, while minimizing risk due to the flexibility in Savings Plans.

In addition to the large cost savings, this exercise emphasized the importance of cost visibility. By maintaining an effective cadence of reviewing trends in their utilization data, we demonstrated it was appropriate to right size instances that were not being utilized fully.

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