We love to hear from our Partners about how they work with Matillion to help their clients make their data more useful and get the most out of their cloud investments. This week, Holt Calder from InterWorks shares how the new Matillion Hub is helping them and their clients simplify how they consume Matillion.
The cloud has changed the way that organizations use and consume software and has also changed the way we pay for them. In the world of analytics, Snowflake led the charge with “Pay for What You Use” and paired it with easy on/off switches for the primary cost driver, the virtual warehouse. This revolution forever changed the way that companies think about consuming compute resources. Now, with the introduction of Matillion Hub, the idea of an easy on/off switch for your ETL pipelines is closer to becoming a reality.
What is Matillion Hub?
Matillion Hub is a centralized billing portal that provides flexibility around upgrading, canceling, and activating subscriptions to Matillion ETL. Along with this new portal comes a new way to deliver Matillion ETL that aligns with the rest of the industry: Instead of paying hourly for an instance type, we now pay Matillion for credits that are decoupled from a specific instance. We can spend these credits on one or many Matillion instances that are on when we need them.
We can also use these credits to add users to our Matillion environment, making it a platform that can scale to exactly what an organization needs. This culminates in a platform that looks a lot more like Snowflake’s virtual warehouses than the legacy Matillion interface, which was limited to each cloud provider’s VM console.
Matillion Hub is now the place to manage all your Matillion instances, as well as view the consumption of the Matillion universal credits for Virtual Cores and users.
How is the Hub different?
Organizations who are already Matillion subscribers might be curious how this differs from their current agreements. There are a handful of details here that are appealing from my perspective.
Scalable features, regardless of instance size
One of our favorite new developments is that features are no longer dependent on the size of the underlying resources. In the past, if a customer needed to utilize the Git integration, the only way to offer that was to set them up on one of the largest instances available. With the introduction of the Hub, there are now different tiers of credits and these tiers directly tie out to the way companies pay for enterprise features. Instead of having to pay a consolidated fee for the larger instance with the platform fee, companies now can pay for the right sized instance for their use case and spend credits for the features they want.
This concept is huge when you look at the DEV/PROD process we typically recommend to clients. In my opinion, the only way companies should be moving jobs between instances is with the Git integration. Before the Hub, we had to recommend companies spin up two identical large Matillion instances–even if the actual traffic on the boxes was wildly different–just so they could both have the same features.
More flexible user access
On top of the ability to scale features independently of the instance type, we now also have the option to scale out the number of users in our Matillion environment independently of the instance type. These two features represent a fundamental shift that separates Matillion from other integration vendors, where organizations are required to pay for “shelfware” to get what they need.
In addition to the simplified process for access to enterprise features, we also now have a single pane of glass for organizations that are employing a multi-cloud strategy. The Hub provides a centralized environment for instances launched into AWS and Azure, and will at some point support GCP.
No bills for unused time
If you look at Matillion Hub as a pricing shift, you might notice the credit price has increased when compared to the historical hourly instance price. While this is true, it does not tell the complete story of Matillion Hub.
One of the primary benefits of the Hub is the introduction of per-second billing. In the past, organizations were billed hourly. For organizations that right-sized their Matillion use by implementing “on/off” switches, there was always a bill for unused time.
This per-second billing really simplifies the process of using multiple Matillion instances for different use cases. While it wasn’t a large cost to pay per hour vs per second, any amount of unused compute an organization is paying for made it difficult to justify isolating workloads properly and the Matillion environment turned into a “what else can we throw at it while it’s on” product. The Hub changes the landscape here and makes it easier for companies to consume multiple Matillion instances for departmental and development use cases.
How to sign up for Matillion Hub
Customers who have existing Matillion instances are not required to enroll in the Hub immediately, but they can enroll at any time. All the information about registering for the Hub can be found here.
A move toward simplifying ELT consumption
Matillion Hub is a move in the right direction for Matillion and a big step toward simplifying the way organizations consume ELT. Immediately, organizations can leverage the Hub to forecast, budget, and better understand their Matillion usage across clouds and across data platforms. We are excited to see how the Hub changes the way our customers consume Matillion and are always around to answer questions!
Try Matillion Hub for yourself
Check out Matillion Hub and spin up a trial. If you’re an existing customer who wants to move your Matillion accounts to the hub, do one of the following:
- If you are a Pay-as-You-Go customer, you can sign up for the Hub and transfer your accounts.
- If you have a larger account, talk to your Matillion sales representative.
About the author
Holt Calder is a Data Architect with InterWorks and a longtime user of Matillion. To learn more about how InterWorks can help you optimize your cloud data architecture with Matillion, visit www.interworks.com.