MotivHealth unleashes growth while reining in cloud costs

1 min read
Jun 30, 2021






United States

Cloud costs and frustrations add up with previous provider 

When they started the company, MotivHealth’s founders knew they wanted to launch a cloud offering. However, the strict data privacy and security requirements of healthcare’s HIPAA legislation limited their hosting options. Ultimately, they chose the only provider available within compliance.

MotivHealth started with their previous provider six years ago.  But they charged more than what was realistic for their HIPAA compliance. The playing field opened up when Google created a HIPAA-compliant cloud that was perfect for MotivHealth’s needs. After just two years, MotivHealth moved to Google Cloud.

Switch to Google improves performance and boosts innovation

After four years with Google Cloud, MotivHealth knew it was time for a more proactive approach to managing expenses. With Pythian’s guidance, MotivHealth explored a variety of commitment agreements and potential discounts available through Google. 

Over a few weeks, Pythian took a deep dive into MotivHealth’s cloud usage, leveraging detailed data provided by Google.  The resulting analysis, forecast and recommendations gave MotivHealth the confidence to negotiate a five-year agreement to optimize costs and efficiency.

What we did

  • Measurable savings. After just a few weeks, MotivHealth reduced cloud costs by approximately 13 percent because of the committed use, sustained use and enterprise discounts in their agreement.
  • More partner opportunities.  When MotivHealth needed a more sophisticated data warehouse, working with approved enterprise resources helped save an additional 3-5 percent.
  • Greater engagement. Pythian and Google support MotivHealth’s goals with information, connections and ongoing collaboration.

Technologies used

  • Google Cloud
  • Kubernetes
  • Linux
  • Variety of open-source libraries

Key Outcomes

"We’re getting a deep savings on services we were already running, and able to upgrade our machine types. The committed use discount is an environmentally friendly way to allocate resources and make the dollars work better at the same time."

Josh Dobbin, Architect & IT Director, MotivHealth

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