35% of cloud spending wasted

Written by:
Lucie Sadler
Date Posted:
4 July 2019

How can a cloud adoption strategy help your business?

The full value of the cloud
With cloud adoption not showing any sign of slowing down, it is predicted that nearly 70% of IT infrastructures in enterprises will be cloud-based by the end of 2020.

Businesses face challenges with cloud adoption, which is why in a recent report by RightScale, findings revealed that 35% of cloud spending is wasted. Budgets are being allocated to underused resources and poorly planned migrations, meaning that businesses are not getting the full value of their cloud service.

Cloud adoption
One way to avoid careless migrations and idle resources is to implement a cloud adoption strategy that can be used as a roadmap for successfully migrating to the cloud.

This project plan should detail research into existing problems with the infrastructure, suggested areas for improvement, and a comprehensive time scale for migration, testing and deployment, amongst other elements.

Cloud adoption strategies improve processes and help businesses architect platforms that can grow with the company. Systems that are not properly architected can cause many issues further along the line, which is why a cloud adoption strategy is a vital part of digitally transforming a business.

Optimising spend
Many businesses do not benefit from the true value of their cloud platform. Projects can be over-provisioned, not optimised for individual businesses, or costs simply aren’t being managed efficiently.

Some resources can be charged as a reoccurring payment but only used in non-production environments, such as development, testing, staging and QA servers. These resources would not need to run 24/7, which is an area that cloud users can often waste money on.

Automation
Following a cloud adoption strategy is the best way to eliminate wasted cloud spending. After the infrastructure has been deployed, businesses need to perform a regular manual clean up of unallocated resources.

Automation is a critical part of maintaining an efficient cloud platform and helps to find, fix and prevent waste. Key areas that would benefit from automation would be alerts on underutilised instances and deleting old snapshots etc

Monitoring cloud spend
Businesses should also monitor how much they spend on their cloud services to plan for future growth. The complexity with pricing and billing can also cause issues with wasting cloud spend, especially as some billing models can contain hundreds of line items that can spiral out of control if they are not correctly allocated and monitored.

Having a cloud adoption strategy in place not only reduces overheads for the business but ensures that IT processes are able to scale up and down as required. Being unfamiliar with the performance characteristics of cloud instances or applications that you are deploying may mean that users select the wrong sized instance or resources. By simply managing IT systems better, users will be able to save costs.

Find out more about cloud adoption by calling our sales team today on 0800 612 2524.

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