Cloud computing can be expensive. While there are a variety of techniques available to improve cloud spending, any company with a significant cloud footprint should work to make it easier for them to understand their cloud bill. If you’re having trouble figuring out what you paid for when reviewing a cloud bill, it’s hard to know where resources are being wasted or how to make your cloud more cost-effective.
What’s on the cloud bill?
Cloud bills vary from one cloud vendor to another, but they all share some traditional attributes. They are usually delivered in the form of an interactive web-based console, which summarizes your overall cloud computing costs over some time, and breaks down those costs into different types of services (such as virtual machine events and data storage). Most cloud billing interfaces allow you to dive deeper into these categories to see where and when the specific cost has occurred.
Unstudied cloud usage is often a concern, as developers and business units specify the same specification for a VM without having to go through central IT budgets or ‘lift and shift’ projects at SaaS, they provided underlying hardware to cope with peak demand for the next decade.
Making your cloud bill easier
By identifying where you spend the most. Map expenditures for the various departments and teams within your organization that are responsible. Understand the cost trends for different services or sectors and how the entire company is changing over time. Evaluate how cost trends correlate (or don’t) with other events, such as the seasonal peak in demand.
No matter how much you rely on cost-analysis tools provided by your cloud vendor, you can take several steps to achieve this type of visibility in your cloud bill.
Cloud tagging strategy.
On most cloud platforms, you can “tag” them to help organize and manage different resources. Developing and implementing a standard coding strategy can be useful for many reasons. For example, it simplifies a single action (such as deleting all databases with a “temporary” tag), rather than repeating the action.
Tags are also crucial for quickly explaining your cloud bill. When all your resources are tagged, tag groups can be used to identify which resources are spending the most money, track spending trends, and more.
Ideally, your tagging strategy would allow different teams and departments within your organization to use similar tags to similar sources, while also using their unit-based tags. That way, you can track the cost trends for specific resources across the entire company and individual groups of users.
The need for restraint
A growing stream of large companies is looking for help with their cloud cost optimization as they realize that free-cost cloud recess must end.
No company would consider operating a data center without adequate cost controls, and it would be appropriate in the cloud to avoid cost surprises, waste, and general inefficiency.
This also includes departmentally allocated budgets, which means you can prevent human resources from spending more on material storage than their budget allows. Given the self-hosted nature of public clouds, many cloud users are helping themselves and not thinking about costs.
Reporting and resource utilization plan
Planning your cloud spending means that you can understand what is being spent and, most importantly, the cost patterns. You can detect and take corrective action when extreme events occur. Also, you can make a demand plan based on actual usage data, without having to guess how much for the upcoming year.
Deal with multi-cloud complexity
Adopting a multi-cloud framework has a lot of advantages. But there are also drawbacks, one of which is the additional complexity of tracking cloud costs. When you receive bills from multiple cloud vendors, it can be challenging to keep tabs on where your money is going. This is especially true if you run unnecessary workloads on different clouds (i.e., if you use more than one cloud to host the same application at a time), or if you frequently move the workload between one cloud and another.
This is not to say that you should avoid multi-cloud entirely in the interest of keeping your cloud bill simple.
Concluding it in short
Cloud might be complicated, but managing it shouldn’t be. Various challenges are preventing to achieve cost-efficiency. The cloud end-users can adopt smart strategies like tagging, implementing restrictions, and managing resource allocation. These strategies surely can you get out of the cloud costs tornados.
Centilytics to the rescue
Cloud brings enough complexities and spending unnecessarily due to lack of proper understanding of cloud bills will add more of it. Centilytics, a SaaS platform, is a cloud management platform that keeps you out of worries of cloud bills by providing “Cost Monitoring” for your small to enterprise-level infrastructure.
You can enable your teams to get the ability to pinpointed cost insights within few clicks. Centilytics’ platform provides granular visibility into every cent spent. Leverage the BI dashboards to visualize data with different graphs to make life easier. The multi-cloud capability helps you manage the cloud queries within a single pane of glass.
Check how Cost Monitoring can simplify the cost complexities of your infrastructure.