Moving to the cloud seems to be in every CEO's to-do list nowadays. But in spite of the hype, almost 60% of businesses think that most of the big cloud providers have over-promised and under-delivered, as per a report commissioned by consulting company Capita.
According to the report, one cause distinctly sticks out as the push factor to adopt cloud computing: 61% of businesses started the move on the cloud to reduce the costs of keeping data on-premises.
But the companies are not getting expected results as some of the cloud providers might be ripping you off. The cost cloud providers offer initially is far different from the bills you receive. Because there are many hidden costs behind the bar. There will be an extra cost for everything you use instead of the given configured box. They charge you extra for bandwidth, data transfer, lock-in periods, etc. Keep in the mind, the prices given do not include the additional cost of $.02 per GB for linking your source server to the CDN or the cost for each HTTP and HTTPS request to your web/application.
The companies who have started migrating by being focused on just cost-saving and rushed in without a strategy have not seen the outcomes they expected. The escalating costs of migrating to the cloud is coming like a thunderbolt to some businesses – especially so because they started the move to cut costs. From speaking to users, it is very clear that cloud expense is one of their main concerns. The main thing in their heads right now is how to control the spend.
My response to them is better planning. If you plan to move your workloads on the cloud, kindly make sure you architect it so that you get the best return on investment, and then monitor it. The cloud is dynamic – it's not a one-off event.
Researchers recommended that companies with an innovation mindset, and keeping the original goals that cause their move to the cloud, combined with a better strategy, including better administration and skilling up the workforce, the report predicts that a fresher vision will let organisations reap the real benefits of cloud computing.
The right topics for discussions should be on the things like correct-sizing of cloud infrastructure as well as workloads (because over-provisioning happens in the cloud too), making extra machines under their control, ability to predict future demand or visits.
By choosing a correct provider you can easily control your cost. E2E Networks, an emerging cloud provider in India offers the same configuration servers at 40-50% lesser cost. E2E Networks has more than 2000 satisfied customers because of their Best availability, Ultra-low latency, High reliability and of course very affordable cost.
That last issue is often conveyed in terms of lock-in, but E2E Networks does not have any lock-in period, they help their customers with pay as you go model. You can check their prices here: https://www.e2enetworks.com/pricing
Nothing comes free in enterprise IT, so it's wise to consider where you're paying for a higher value and where you’re just paying for more stuff.