For many clients, Cloud costs can sneak up in unexpected ways. Data from different accounts that are not being streamlined? Increase! Unnecessary storage taking up space, putting you just over your subscription bracket? Increase! Forget to close a temporary proof of concept app? Again, your organization will have to foot the bill.
Migrating to the Cloud is no easy or cheap task, but it is a long-term investment that should see returns within a few quarters. If this has not been the case, there might be some sneaky costs that need weeding. Here are four ways that Trace3 helps clients keep their Cloud costs down and returns up:
- Use free resources when possible. Recently, we recommended Google Drive to CIOs, who can use it for free as individuals. The platform offers multiple tools that can create and store information on the Cloud – documents, presentations, and spreadsheets, just to name a few. We Transfer is another great program that allows you to transfer large files over the Cloud by sending the link in an email. It’s wise to connect with others in the tech industry to stay on top of the free tools available. However, you shouldn’t use so many tools that your team is left confused. Sometimes, it may be worth the cost upfront for an integrated Cloud system, to save money and time down the road when the team would be scrambling to collect data from multiple platforms. At Trace3, we produce and attend all the industry’s top events to brief on all of the latest trends.
- Employ auto-scaling. Auto-scaling automatically scales back the work of the server when the data is reduced. It’s quick, it’s automatic, and it just makes sense. Depending on your Cloud server infrastructure, the process of integrating the auto-scaling method will take a different approach: if you’re privately hosting (and perhaps even own your own hardware), auto-scaling will save you hefty electric costs, while those who store off-site will save hosting costs. AWS is the most famous resource for this, but there are also many other options, too! Speak with a representative at Trace3 to learn more.
- Eliminate empty storage. Paying for unnecessary storage is a bit like paying rent for your house and the vacant house next door – you’re not using it, so there’s no point. This one takes some man power and time, but is well worth it. Sometimes it’s not as easy as finding empty folders, and you need a pro to find those sneaky empty costs – paging Trace3!
- Get to know your containers. Software is changing rapidly, and the costs of switching your Cloud storage from one platform to another can add up. That’s why we recommend incorporating containers into your Cloud strategy. Containers integrate isolation boundaries between programs, ensuring that problems in one program stay localized. They are also very portable, allowing for them to move between servers easily.