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9 Tips for Managing Cloud Services on a Budget

We share 9 steps you can take to save on the cost of cloud services, with the keywords being shop around, planning, and diligence.
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For early adopters, cloud computing was sold to IT leaders as a means to significantly reduce IT spending. While the Interop ITX State of the Cloud Report shows a shift from CapEx spending to OpEx, the cost savings never materialized for most organizations. In some cases, year-on-year costs, surprisingly, went up. If you find yourself in a situation where cloud costs are accelerating like a runaway freight train, perhaps it’s time to figure out some ways to tighten the belt.

If your primary focus is on cutting costs during upcoming cloud projects or migrations, you have the greatest number of options available. Many budget slimming measures can be implemented during design stages. This way, savings are built into the overall cloud architecture. Focusing on the budget during the design process also allows one to better determine what cloud services and cloud service providers (CSP’s) are likely to meet your organization's specific needs both from a functionality and financial perspective.

If, however, you are looking at your monthly, semi-annual or annual cloud computing costs for services already deployed in the cloud, there is still plenty you can do. Many exorbitant cloud costs can be curtailed by simply having better visibility and oversight into what you’re paying for. In all likelihood, you’re going to find areas that can be trimmed to lower bills while still providing end-users the same level of service they expect today.

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Also, keep in mind that the days of being locked into a cloud vendor are rapidly coming to a close. Advancements in technologies such as containers and multi-cloud management tools are allowing enterprise cloud customers far more flexibility in terms of moving applications, data and services from one public cloud provider to another. So, if you think your application is stuck in an expensive cloud service for the remainder of its lifecycle, you may want to see which technologies can help you move to a better cloud home in 2017.

Join us as we go through our list of 9 tips to design and manage cloud costs on a budget. Afterward, we’d love to hear your personal experiences on how cloud costs crept up in your organization, and how you worked to reduce them.

Andrew has well over a decade of enterprise networking under his belt through his consulting practice, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs and prior experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines and the ... View Full Bio

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