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Tips for Cost Optimization for Transferring to Cloud

Updated: Oct 11, 2019

While there are a lot of things to think about when it comes to a decision of moving to cloud, a factor i.e. cost, is indeed one of the most crucial factor on the list.

In the previous post, we talked about the benefits for the businesses that come along with cloud transfer.

This post addresses one of the major concerns i.e. cost and the ways to optimize it effectively.

Calculating the cost of migration to cloud is difficult; however, there are the ways to do it right.

The Cost Inefficiency

Before determining the ways for cost optimization during cloud migration, you, being a business, must know the sources that result in the cost inefficiency of the cloud. Underutilized cloud resources make the top reason for cost inefficiency.

Businesses let databases, virtual servers and other cloud services to keep running even they are not actively utilizing those, and that’s an evident waste.

As most of the cloud proves charge businesses based on the tenure a server runs, not the volume of work being done by them, a business may be left paying for its server despite of not using it actively anymore.

Another factor behind cost inefficiency is a cloud server having excessive number of resources assigned to it. A business may also end up selecting the wrong kind of cloud server by operating, for instance, a dedicated, costly physical server when the virtual one would enough to do the job.

Cost Optimization Strategy for Cloud Transfer

1. Server Right Sizing

Cost optimization begins with right sizing of the cloud server instance once you set them.

It means selecting the server instance kind that is the 100% fit to your workload requirement.

Using an instance kind having very few resources, leads to deficient performance under heavy demand period. On the other hand, having excessive resources would bring redundant costs. Right sizing demands your careful evaluation of your workload’s existing resource needs and projection of how these may fluctuate with time.

2. Automatic Scaling

Aside from using the right sizing strategy for server instance, take the benefit of the automated scaling qualities to help provide your workload access to more cloud resources than required.

This ability scales back resources if not needed in future. Automation also lets you maintain a low usage profile while meeting the times of high demand.

3. Data Transfer Planning

Data transfer often comes with a cost, hence plan data transfer with care.

The specific kinds of data transfer that cost differ from cloud to cloud; hence make sure to be fully aware of the service provider’s fee schedule. After that, you may device a cloud infrastructure that help minimizing data transfers that come with a cost.

If you are planning to move to cloud in near future, these tips would surely save you enough in terms of cost.



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