March 14

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Cutting Through Cloud Complexity – Seven Steps to cut back on cloud costs

Is Cloud Sprawl costing you the earth? Whether businesses like it or not, many operating in the cloud are in some way or another experiencing cloud sprawl.

Most people who work in technology are aware managing cloud infrastructure-as-a-service expense is complicated, and becoming more expensive than initially anticipated. From not understanding the different pricing plans to under-utilised resources, there are many potential pitfalls for overspend along with missed opportunities to cut costs. It’s happening but it’s also totally avoidable.

We’ve got a handy list of seven low-cost and low-risk steps recommended by Gartner which businesses can (and should) do today to realise immediate cloud cost savings.

Seven Steps to cut back on cloud costs

1 – Design and adhere to a tagging plan

Always apply more than one tag to a resource e.g. owner, function, environment.

2 – Rightsize Resources

Choose the right resource prole (number of CPU’s, amount of RAM, network bandwidth) to match the service-level expectations (performance, availability, reliability) of the business.

3 – Choose an appropriate pricing model

Introduce more predictability into the spending pattern by invoking incentives pricing models in conjunction with capacity planning.

4 – Scrutinise and limit data egress

Watch out for typical culprits such as unnecessary or redundant data transmissions.

5 – Reclaimed orphaned resources

Review the active resources for each cloud account and delete those that have been orphaned or forgotten on a weekly or daily basis.

6 – Throttle poorly utilised resources

Pause unused resources to yield significant savings, when applied consistently across large server groups.

7 – Use the free tools

Leverage basic, free, platform-native tools for immediate relief to the tedious task of consumption along with cost monitoring and planning.

Right, now you’ve got the basics in place, why not take the extra step to secure the full benefits for your business of our free cloud health check we are offering in partnership with Cloud Health? Click here, sign up its really is as simple as that.


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