In an on-premise environment, you know where your IT money is going. There is an upfront capital cost, and any additional spending requires provisioning and planning. In a cloud environment, however, the pricing is new and varies to match the flexibility that your cloud infrastructure provides. You’re charged for what you provision and use, which is definitely an advantage. But the same plus point can become a problem. For instance, if someone in the office forgets to turn off a virtual machine or provisions something that’s not really needed, your cloud costs could spiral out of control. Cloud offers a lot of elasticity making it easy to subscribe to multiple resources at any time. And if you over-provision, you will spend more than what was required. Without strict cost-management measures, your cloud costs could become very high.
Let’s look at some simple steps you can take to check cloud cost sprawls.
Optimizing workloads and resources in the cloud is a great way to reduce the possibility of unexpected cost spikes. Your IT team needs to check for outliers like abandoned resources, incorrect provisioning, unused resources and so on, and plug leaks and optimize under-used or forgotten resources in order to control costs.