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Paying Too Much For Your Cloud Services?

Decrease unnecessary costs -Learn how!

Most organizations today, both smaller or bigger, use cloud services and solutions for their day-to-day operations. As the cloud market is growing at an accelerated pace, cloud spend is quickly becoming the second largest spend after salaries.

It is common knowledge that cloud solutions are less expensive than on-premise ones. Yet, can we save even more money on cloud services and solutions by using cloud optimization tools? Let’s explore this further.

When thinking about maximizing cloud costs optimization, one should consider the following:

Visibility:

Lack of visibility in the cloud environment can lead to poor management of organizational resources. Effective cloud cost management begins with an in-depth analysis of your entire infrastructure. if cloud resources are unused in the organization, since most people do not know of their existence, and what their real usage is, the organization still keeps on paying without getting the right utilization for those resources spent. As a result, cloud costs will continue increasing unnecessarily – and severely cut into the infrastructure’s savings, as well as other financial benefits associated with lack of proper cloud management and planning.

Using a designated dashboard that displays important usage metrics, means receiving accurate data in real-time, in order to find the optimal and required level of cloud investment.

Resources Provisioning:

Provisioning refers to the allocation and management of cloud resources by the cloud provider to its customers. A cloud application development company should be able to anticipate how many resources it requires, so that it doesn’t go over its pre-allocated budget.

Failure to do so, leads to unnecessary cloud costs and inefficiencies. When over-provisioning occurs, clusters may get flooded with servers, while several cloud resources remain idle. The cloud resource user will be forced to pay for these unused resources, which will inevitably lead to unnecessary costs incurred.

Budget Forecasting:

Most cloud platforms, like AWS, provide an auto-scaling feature to control cloud costs by adjusting capacity of resources. However, they find it challenging to forecast cloud costs when there are plans to introduce new services/apps, business demand for existing services change, and when software efficiency fluctuates on existing services.

Forecasting is complex, and requires setting up processes and workflows, deep expertise, and extracting the right data.

Cloud cost optimization can be achieved by planning your cloud resources utilization, smartly selecting your cloud features, and optimizing cloud performance, along with the above-mentioned practices. Of course, partnering with the right managed services provider can definitely contribute to even more cloud cost savings.


Cybrella’s Approach:

Cloud security is first and foremost about shared responsibility. The responsibility for securing cloud workloads are shared between the provider and the consumer.

However, the accountability for data will ultimately belong to the IT department. Our cloud security team will help customers analyze what their share of responsibilities in the specific cloud implementation is, and how they should govern the responsibilities of the provider.

After this initial process, Cybrella cloud security team can assist in achieving the right skill-set and tools, and build a methodology for auditing and monitoring your organization’s information.

Additionally, Cybrella provides the implementation of cloud costs optimization, alongside our partner - Pileus.

Pileus is a cloud service management platform that allows customers to visualize, manage, and optimize their cloud environments. Pileus collects and consolidates our customer’s cloud environment data into a single platform, enabling them to optimize and manage its cloud environment successfully. Pileus’s Service Offering does this by gathering data and metadata related to the customer’s cloud-based services use. The Service Offering collects the data into a centralized data analytics platform and delivers customized analysis and recommendations. Additionally, it provides reporting of trends on usage and cost. Customers can access the Service Offering via a web browser and by using scripts against a public API.

The Service Offering absorbs a variety of data sources that are processed and stored as time-series metrics that can be analyzed, visualized, and alerted for optimization, status reporting, anomaly detection, and troubleshooting of modern cloud infrastructure.

The overall goal of cost control and long-term cloud cost management, like every other business, is to optimize cloud cost, using available financial resources, and getting the most out of every corporate dollar.

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