Tips for Controlling Cloud Costs

controlling cloud costs

A cloud solution opens up new possibilities for minimizing overhead expenses and driving productivity. With so many options, you may be wondering where to begin. One of the most significant benefits of public cloud services is on-demand, scalable resources. However, these on-demand resources can quickly get you into trouble with limitless spending.

If you don’t want to end up like the 60% of organizations that outspend their cloud budgets, it’s critical to partner with a cloud consultant who takes the time to understand your organization’s needs and optimize a cloud platform around your budget. In this post, we’ll explore three of our favorite cloud strategies that can help you take control of cloud spending, so your team can stay within budget while experiencing new levels of productivity.

Trim the Fat

If your organization is planning a cloud migration, we recommend using that time to streamline network operations by paring operations down to the essential. Determine which applications and data your team depends on for day-to-day operations. Chances are there are plenty of network operations behind the scenes that you may be better off without.

Taking the time to figure out which data is worth keeping and which isn’t can not only make it easier to migrate to the cloud, it will also save you money by ensuring your cloud resources are being used for critical network operations. By clearing out old, unused data and applications, you can make room for growth while streamlining network performance.

Leverage Cloud Environments

Whether you’re interested in a public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud platform, make sure you’re using each environment as cost-effectively as possible. Public clouds are generally the most cost-effective solution because you don’t have to worry about the overhead costs associated with installing, maintaining, managing, or repairing on-site server infrastructure. At the same time, you can scale up virtually limitless resources and eliminate what you don’t need.

While a private cloud requires higher initial project costs, your team has more control over how network operations are managed and resources allocated. At the same time, overhead expenses are generally higher because a private cloud requires an in-house team or MSP to oversee and maintain your cloud environment.

Fall somewhere in between? Explore the possibility of a hybrid cloud environment that gives your organization the best of both worlds by balancing private and public cloud resources for your needs. No matter which route you end up choosing, continually leveraging cloud resources is critical to making the most of your cloud budget while ensuring your team has access to the tools they need.

Use Data to Forecast Cloud Usage

As your team uses your cloud platform, monitor usage on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. To take control of cloud costs, you need to clarify how your team is using the cloud. Use data to quantify cloud usage statistics and use that data to drive decision-making, so your team has the resources they need when they need them, and you don’t have to worry about spending on resources that aren’t used.

The more data you collect on cloud usage, the better you’ll be able to use that data to forecast how much to invest in your cloud platform on an ongoing basis. It’s also easier to get a better value from your cloud vendors when you can plan out resource allocation in advance, as opposed to at the last minute.

The Los Angeles Cloud Experts

Whether you’re already operating on the cloud, or you’re exploring the possibility of migrating to the cloud, the experts at Be Structured can help you find the most cost-effective solution for your needs. We customize everything from our cloud migration services to hybrid cloud solutions to ensure your technology platform stays within budget while never slowing your team down again. Get in touch with our experts today, and we’ll start exploring your organization’s possibilities on the cloud.