IT Best Practices.
Why your cloud computing isn’t saving you money
While cloud integration is designed to simplify your operations, poor implementation can be costly.
In the past year, 57% of companies have moved their workload to the cloud, in order to improve their business operations. Companies recognize that the need for innovation and cloud computing is a booming industry that has grown over the past several years at an extraordinary rate. However, not everyone is seeing the types of results they were promised from cloud migration.
There are a multitude of reasons why a company might not see a return on their investment, and it’s not typically due to cloud providers or the cloud itself. All the same, these mistakes are costing companies capital instead of saving them money.
Wasteful spending on cloud infrastructure
Unfortunately, the appeal of the cloud may outpace the understanding of the type of services to be gained from cloud computing. A good plan of action is to determine what your business needs consist of and how cloud computing may fit in to fill those needs.
The costs associated with using the cloud most often come from improper utilization. Without active monitoring from dedicated financial operations, the cloud services being utilized can be out of sync with the actual business needs that the cloud is supposed to be aiding. It’s like driving a car without a speedometer, with no way to understand of how fast or slow you’re actually going. In the case of the cloud, you have no way to see how much of your resources you’re actually using.
Optimization through proper management
The best way to take the guesswork out of cloud optimization is to understand the value of the cloud services while spending as little as possible to reach that value. The problem of optimization can sometimes be compounded when a company is using several cloud management platforms to perform different functions in their business. It’s often the case that these platforms can’t effectively communicate with each other. This creates an issue with how to measure the amount that each platform utilizes.
So, the first step must be to properly measure utilization and then optimize accordingly, to maximize value from cloud computing. Additionally, continuous monitoring afterwards is required to ensure that all instances are still being properly managed and that there are no problems with cost creep.
However, much of this guesswork can be managed by utilizing the proper cloud platform combined with dedicated IT professionals. Global IP Networks offers these services through their unique CloudKeySM Platform and a team of experts that have been helping businesses grow for over 20 years. Get started today by going to our contact page, so one of our experts can reach out to you and determine how we can best serve you.