The cloud has emerged as one of the most revolutionary technologies of the 21st century. One of the most talked about benefits is its ability to drive significant cost savings. But despite this, many businesses struggle to reap the savings and, in some cases, may spend more than necessary.
At Arrow, we pride ourselves on listening to our partners and providing them with the information they need to get the most out of their technology investments.
Here are three simple ways to maximise cloud investments, so you can deliver real value and profitability.
1. Assess and map
When it comes to cloud economics, knowledge is power: the more you know about your business needs and infrastructure, the better chance you’ll have at determining the right cloud configuration and spend. That’s why thorough assessments are so important.
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2. Migrate and test
You’ve assessed the situation, mapped the new configuration and you’ve made the move to the cloud. Now it’s time to run your systems to get the insights you need to optimise your set up (this comes later).
Businesses can gain deep insights into the system requirements needed to run a stable workload in the cloud by performing load testing within the first two to three months. This testing could cover application dependencies, workload compatibility and capacity planning for optimised performance.
The insights you gain over the first few months will be critical in helping to refine your configuration to optimise performance and reduce the transactional and operational costs of running and maintaining applications in the cloud.
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3. Refine and optimise
Many businesses are often surprised by their first cloud bill because it’s higher than the original quote. But herein lies the problem: the very nature of cloud computing is such that it can’t be quoted with 100% accuracy. As such, it’s important partners don’t make any promises they can’t keep when it comes to quoting.
Saving money from the cloud requires the right set up, and determining the right set up for your needs requires time and patience.
Usually businesses will have the insights they need to refine their set up so they can reap the cost benefits by the time they get the third cloud bill.
There are a number of cost management and analysis tools that can help with fine-tuning your configuration.
We recommend: ArrowSphere
ArrowSphere is our easy-to-use cloud marketplace that simplifies the cloud experience, so you can deliver secure and optimised services to your customers while driving profitability.
Using ArrowSphere, you can:
- Display daily cloud service usage for each customer
- Predict end-of-month consumption
- Access detailed information on consumption and resource use
- Export detailed usage reports for end-customer billing
- Define a budget threshold
- Send notifications if:
- the actual consumption has reached the budget threshold
- the predicted consumption will reach the budget threshold before the end of the month.
ArrowSphere consumption analytics. Click to enlarge
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Arrow’s certified team of cloud experts have the experience, skills and systems in place to ensure you reap every penny from the cloud.
Don’t let the cloud opportunity go to waste.