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StormForge Success Brief

The Value of Application Optimization

Key Success Metrics seen by StormForge Customers

Optimizing Kubernetes environments using an automated, machine-learning powered approach with StormForge has several benefits, both tangible and intangible. These include reduced resource usage and cloud costs, improved application performance, improved developer productivity, and deep insights into application behavior. This page provides a summary of key benefit areas, based on the experience of our customers.

In 2021, StormForge customers saw real and quantifiable results for decreased cloud costs and improved performance.

On average, StormForge solutions have delivered to our customers:


Average Cloud Cost Reduction


Average Performance Improvement

Other benefits realized by StormForge customers:

  • Improved developer productivity
  • Increased focus on innovation
  • In-depth application insights

Decreased Cloud Costs

When running a Kubernetes application in the cloud, the cost of running that application is based on the resources consumed – mainly CPU and memory. Picking the right level of CPU and memory to allocate for a particular application is a challenge.

When getting started, a DevOps team will typically over-provision just to be safe. As usage of the app ramps up though, costs can quickly spiral out of control. In our experience, customers typically see a cloud cost reduction in the range of 35-60%.


Reduction of Cloud Costs

A recent customer example, where StormForge identified an opportunity to reduce latency by a whopping 82% while still reducing costs by 12%.

Improved Application Performance

Application response times are key for a positive user experience. Studies have shown that any response time longer than 1 second can result in a less-than-optimal experience. Amazon found that every 100ms increase in latency resulted in a 1% drop in sales.

Kubernetes Optimization can identify opportunities for significant improvements in application response times and throughput. While there is always a trade-off between performance and cost, StormForge customers typically identify performance improvements in the range of 35-60%.

Deep Application Insights

One of the intangible benefits that customers see from StormForge is the result of the scenario analysis that takes place as part of the pre-production Rapid Experimentation process. During this analysis, customers gain an increased understanding of their cloud native application and gain confidence in how their application will behave under various scenarios.

These in-depth insights, which can often be counterintuitive and difficult to find otherwise, are used by customers to drive key application architecture changes that eliminate performance bottlenecks, improve resource utilization, and make applications easier to manage.


Developer Time Saved

Improved Developer Productivity

A “soft cost”, but nonetheless extremely important, is the productivity of your development team. A recent study by OverOps found that 69% of developers spend at least one day a week troubleshooting production issues. Reacting and firefighting production issues means less time developing new and innovative capabilities that will help a company deliver competitive advantage.

StormForge automates Kubernetes resource optimization as part of the release process, so performance issues are less likely to make it into production. Most StormForge customers see a reduction in developer time spent troubleshooting production issues in the range of 40-70%.


2021 was filled with numerous challenges but application performance and application optimization should not hold you back from an optimal performance on your applications. We invite you to learn more about StormForge solutions by requesting a demo.

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