"With AppScale, we can leverage the performance and scalability of Google App Engine while maintaining greater control over our costs."
- David Hardwick | CTO

Overview

  • BetterCloud is a SaaS provider with freemium model
  • POC scaled to 35,000 Datastore RPS on AppScale
  • Proved that moving to AppScale could cut monthly bill by 70%

About BetterCloud

BetterCloud provides critical insights, automated management, and intelligent data security for cloud office platforms.

About AppScale

AppScale Systems, Inc. develops and supports AppScale, the world's leading open source rapid development model for building scalable web and mobile applications.

BetterCloud Uses AppScale to Cut Monthly Costs and Implement Hybrid Cloud

BetterCloud is a venture-backed cloud management and cloud security company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Their flagship cloud management and security tool, FlashPanel, is used by IT professionals in over 40,000 organizations around the world to manage their Google Apps domains. FlashPanel was built on Google App Engine and uses a number of Google Cloud Platform technologies.

The Challenge

Like many companies, BetterCloud was drawn in part to Google App Engine because it could scale up and scale down based on their traffic. As FlashPanel grew in popularity (to over 20 million users), however, BetterCloud’s monthly bill in Google App Engine grew as well. In addition to working with the solutions teams at Google, they turned to the team at AppScale to complete a proof-of-concept to explore moving a portion of their workload to Google Compute Engine.


geert-circle“As a company that uses a freemium model, we needed to ensure that our cloud strategy allowed us to keep costs low while also providing the best possible service for our users. Using AppScale together with Google App Engine makes this possible.”

David Hardwick | Chief Technology Officer, BetterCloud


The Solution

AppScale worked closely with BetterCloud’s team to complete a proof-of-concept for reducing their monthly bill. By migrating a stub of the FlashPanel application to Google Compute Engine and simulating loads, AppScale was able to demonstrate that BetterCloud could save over 35% on their monthly bill.

AppScale also showed the validity of implementing a hybrid cloud model using Google App Engine in conjunction with an external Datastore. In this case, the Objectify library was used to direct different users to an alternate Datastore. This solution opened the door for BetterCloud to use high-priority resources for paying customers while cutting the cost of supporting a growing number of freemium users.

Conclusion

AppScale Systems works with some of Google App Engine’s biggest customers to address concerns that arise as they grow. In the case of BetterCloud, AppScale was able to show that they could reduce their App Engine costs and, with minimal effort, implement a hybrid cloud model that would enable them to best serve a mix of paying and freemium customers..

Are you the next BetterCloud? Has your App Engine app gained traction with a large number of freemium users? We’d love to talk with you about your options for keeping costs down.


BetterCloud Uses AppScale to Cut Monthly Costs and Implement Hybrid Cloud

BetterCloud is a venture-backed cloud management and cloud security company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Their flagship cloud management and security tool, FlashPanel, is used by IT professionals in over 40,000 organizations around the world to manage their Google Apps domains. FlashPanel was built on Google App Engine and uses a number of Google Cloud Platform technologies.

The Challenge

Like many companies, BetterCloud was drawn in part to Google App Engine because it could scale up and scale down based on their traffic. As FlashPanel grew in popularity (to over 20 million users), however, BetterCloud’s monthly bill in Google App Engine grew as well. In addition to working with the solutions teams at Google, they turned to the team at AppScale to complete a proof-of-concept to explore moving a portion of their workload to Google Compute Engine.


geert-circle“As a company that uses a freemium model, we needed to ensure that our cloud strategy allowed us to keep costs low while also providing the best possible service for our users. Using AppScale together with Google App Engine makes this possible.”

David Hardwick | Chief Technology Officer, BetterCloud


The Solution

AppScale worked closely with BetterCloud’s team to complete a proof-of-concept for reducing their monthly bill. By migrating a stub of the FlashPanel application to Google Compute Engine and simulating loads, AppScale was able to demonstrate that BetterCloud could save over 35% on their monthly bill.

AppScale also showed the validity of implementing a hybrid cloud model using Google App Engine in conjunction with an external Datastore. In this case, the Objectify library was used to direct different users to an alternate Datastore. This solution opened the door for BetterCloud to use high-priority resources for paying customers while cutting the cost of supporting a growing number of freemium users.

Conclusion

AppScale Systems works with some of Google App Engine’s biggest customers to address concerns that arise as they grow. In the case of BetterCloud, AppScale was able to show that they could reduce their App Engine costs and, with minimal effort, implement a hybrid cloud model that would enable them to best serve a mix of paying and freemium customers..

Are you the next BetterCloud? Has your App Engine app gained traction with a large number of freemium users? We’d love to talk with you about your options for keeping costs down.

About BetterCloud

BetterCloud provides critical insights, automated management, and intelligent data security for cloud office platforms.

About AppScale

AppScale Systems, Inc. develops and supports AppScale, the world's leading open source rapid development model for building scalable web and mobile applications.

Margaret Van SicklenBetterCloud Uses AppScale to Cut Monthly Costs and Implement Hybrid Cloud, at 35,00 Datastore RPS