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Many organizations move to the cloud in hopes of saving money. However, this isn’t always the case. Despite performing all the necessary due diligence to research costs up front, it often happens that companies end up with unexpected and unnecessary expenses. A study by DIG even estimated that 38% of companies end up moving back to on premise data centers after moving to the public cloud. How can these pitfalls be avoided so enterprises are successful using the cloud from both a technology and cost perspective?
First, it’s important to have a clear understanding of cloud pricing models. It’s necessary to get really clear on all the variables that affect pricing in the cloud as it isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison to on-prem.

Next, enterprises need to determine the best way to run each application. This could be a public cloud,  but also running in an existing environment, SaaS application, private cloud, or third party. It’s important to balance cost and performance when making these determinations.

Third, larger enterprises want to make sure they are using an effective cost-analysis tool for their business. When running a diverse range of IT resources across multiple public and private clouds across multiple vendors and geographic locations, the ability to manage the environment becomes more and more complicated. It’s important to always have eyes on the risk of redundant and over provisioned services as spending is often higher than anticipated due to how easy it for users to deploy and enable additional resources/capabilities

Once effective cost-analysis is in place, it’s important to act on the insights gained from it. The organization can use the information to quickly adjust to changes in demand, usage and costs by managing their workload and even renegotiating their contracts with cloud providers.

Lastly, organizations should always be looking to the future to ensure their cloud strategy is scalable. The clear understanding of costs and workloads allow companies to build a cloud roadmap and utilize the data from knowledge of their infrastructure to leverage the cloud.

About the author:

Vinnie Lima

Vinnie Lima is the Managing Director for VVL Systems & Consulting, a small business focusing on IT Optimization for Cloud, Infrastructure, and End Users. Based out of Baltimore, Maryland, Vinnie Lima has over 21 years in IT Automation, Orchestration, and Cloud. Mr. Lima’s career has been focusing on helping customers drive value from their IT investments through the use of leading edge technologies and approaches, driving innovation in a wide spectrum of industries such as DoD, Federal, Health Care, and Financial.

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