Four Cloud Strategies to Avoid Cost Overruns
Almost every business that uses public cloud services, which is almost every business these days, has encountered an unexpectedly inflated bill at some point. Unfortunately, experts predict the condition will get worse before it gets better.
Cloud computing has helped make data processing resources available to businesses of all kinds and sizes that were previously unimaginable. Every business has access to virtually unlimited computing, networking, and storage resources. However, with nearly infinite resources comes the possibility of unlimited spending.
According to Gartner60% of infrastructure and operations (I&O) managers will experience public cloud cost overruns that negatively impact their on-premises budgets by 2024.
Here are some strategies on how IT managers can control their cloud spending.
Prepare migration plans
The cost savings of migrating to the cloud are only possible if the cloud-based solution is efficient. If the new cloud-based system (or the migration process) encounters problems, it can lead to significant cost overruns, which is why migration planning and performance analysis are essential.
Businesses can track and modify their initial strategy over time by measuring key performance indicators (KPIs) and noting unsatisfactory performance. Businesses can only benefit from a cloud-based system if they can utilize the practical benefits that come with it.
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Good asset management
End-user departments spend a lot of money on the cloud because it’s so easy to access cloud resources without even telling IT. Unfortunately, this investment in the cloud ends up finding its way into enterprise IT budgets. The CEO and board may worry about total IT spend at any given time.
IT will never be able to remove phantom IT spending from users. However, it can develop an enterprise-wide IT asset management system that can detect new services as they become available. The services used surreptitiously, as well as their charges, are thus immediately visible.
Constantly monitor the situation
This is intriguing because it is not immediately obvious why constantly monitoring migration duration can affect costs. Most companies have sensitive information that they would like to keep private. This can include everything from trade secrets to confidential financial information. It may also include employee information or anything else that is not intended for public (or concurrent) consumption.
A hacker could steal this sensitive data and force the company to demand a ransom, exploit the information for their own benefit (or that of their company), or wreak havoc as an act of malice or revenge by erasing the data if the transfer to the cloud goes wrong. The ransomware attack, which encrypts information until a cryptocurrency ransom is paid, is a current security danger. Businesses may not realize that their critical data has been accessed until it’s too late if a hacker is sneaky.
Funding must be included
When companies undertake cost-of-return-on-investment (ROI) modeling in the cloud, finance is uniquely qualified to decipher complex cost formulas and assist in the extrapolation of planned spend. Computers, on the other hand, are not very good at this. Engaging finance assistance in estimating cloud-related expenses is beneficial for businesses.
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