Cutting cost on Cloud

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January 13, 2021

Just put everything on the cloud and all your problems will be solved. Not necessarily, but it’s a good start.

It’s not about a quick, one-fix solution. If a business just transports everything from a data center to the cloud and thinks all cost and functionality problems will instantly disappear, it’s in for a rude awakening. 

But the cloud does offer a lot of benefits over traditional data centers that you’ll want to keep in mind. Will you receive some instant benefits such as security, reliability and hopefully a few initial dollars? Sure. But there’s a lot more that goes into it -- and you’ll want a team of experts helping the transition.

One of the most impactful benefits of changing over to the cloud is eliminating over ordering and cutting unnecessary costs. The cloud helps eliminate waste by turning off when it's not in use, but still provides that same powerful computing capacity when in use. 

Gartner estimated that 70 percent of cloud spending is wasted. How can you avoid falling into that category? Here are a few things to keep in mind -- all in which Atlas7 can help make your transition easier. 

1. Reporting

If you don’t know how your money is being spent, how much can you truly protect yourself? It’s vital to have access to data that explains where your expenses stem from. This will allow protection from overspending and there are partners such as Amazon’s AWS that can help offer solutions.

You’ll also want to ensure you implement a consistent tagging strategy across your cloud estate. This allows breaking down spending to individual customers, departments and teams. 

2. Cloud native features

The public cloud can help you automate and orchestrate and ensure you are taking advantage of features that will automate daily management tasks. This won’t only save time, but provide significant savings.

Developers will be able to access powerful resources within the public cloud and build reproducible platforms through orchestration.

3. Reviewing all options

Like anything else, budgeting must always be on your mind when it comes to public cloud utilization. Businesses should look into public cloud environments to find different pricing strategies that favor your current position. There are different options, and understanding which is best for your company and your situation is vital to cutting costs. The Atlas7 team can help you figure out how you get the most of your money via the public cloud, whether you decide to order resources on-demand, use reserved instances, spot instances, or others. On-demand may be more costly and spot instances means resources may not always be there when you need it, so it’s important to discuss and weigh your options prior to any decision.

Cloud usage isn’t one size fits all. But understanding how your company utilizes the cloud -- and could potentially expand its role in your business -- could significantly cut costs based on your usage.

Don’t let cloud usage become an afterthought. Many development teams focus on new features and trying to keep up with the latest trends -- which is certainly important -- but not at the expense of overlooking and missing out on opportunities to save.

With these three steps above, you’ll see benefits both functionally and on your bottom line. But don’t go at it alone. With a team of experienced experts, you’ll feel safe that you are getting the most for your money and that nothing will slip through the cracks. Schedule a time to meet with our team of experts and learn how to save money on the cloud without losing any functionality here: