The devil is in the detail
You’re probably in your element when it comes to putting together specifications for servers, considering all the parameters involved to generate an accurate price, so you might expect that pricing up a move to the cloud and ongoing costs would also be a reasonably straightforward task to complete.
You may even be planning to use one, or even several of the many tools out there that enable you to price up your expected cloud costs.
But how easy is it and more importantly, will using those tools give you a true price?
The reality is there are significantly more variables than you think. If you break down some of those processes and compare, you start to understand the scope of the task to price a move to the cloud and ongoing costs.
Let’s take an example – changing the location of physical servers to a new room might entail evaluating power supply, networking, air conditioning, and then moving the servers. Whereas a move to the cloud requires you to think about every aspect of running the server, the predicted demand and expectations of performance. Each and every one of these decisions will almost always impact on the cost in one way or another too.
In a simplistic description, it’s more than just going back to the drawing board to reassess infrastructure. You must consider everything you need to do that and how much of it you will consume to do that.
Think cooking. If you were planning to cook a Sunday roast, in the physical world, you would work out how many you’re cooking for and go out to buy your meat and veg and then you’d go home to start cooking.
In a cloud environment, you have nothing in place – no oil, spices, trays, foil, utensils, cooker, power source or even the kitchen. In the cloud, you must build from a blank canvas.
Next, you consider your ongoing costs. How often are you cooking and need the power switched on? How often will you have guests, and will they eat more than expected?
Moving from a physical to cloud infrastructure for even one application or service means everything you took for granted is gone and you must start from the very beginning, crafting an architecture that achieves the required performance today, with the versatility to scale for tomorrow.
It now starts to become clear that a pricing tool will never be able to deliver a complete answer. And in fact, it’s not going to help you manage your costs going forward either.
Mastering the cloud concept – understanding technical jargon, having lots of practical experience, gain industry recognised certifications, building intricate infrastructure and optimising platform performance – is an in-depth process that takes time and dedication.
Achieving Microsoft Gold Partner status for ‘Cloud Platform’ means the team at igroup sit regular exams and technical assessments to stay abreast of the latest Azure developments. But that isn’t enough. Once you pass a test, it’s almost out of date.
That’s why our team constantly read up on white papers, webinars and news from the Microsoft partner channel. We believe this qualifies them to help you modernise your infrastructure and migrate applications and data to the cloud.
Nobody likes wasting money – get it right first time
If you haven’t put any infrastructure in place yet, then our best advice is to talk it through first with an experienced provider first. We can’t emphasize that enough. We hate seeing customers wasting money.
Once the infrastructure is in place, it becomes more complex to unravel and resolve, and you may never achieve a perfect environment. Involving an experienced cloud architect at the beginning of the process ensures both flexibility within the environment and costs going forward.
If you’ve already put, or in the process of putting the infrastructure in place, then you may want a second opinion if it’s not working out or you have doubts. You’d probably be surprised how many businesses do ask for a second opinion on their current provider. It’s prudent to sanity check a large project to ensure it’s on track, moving down the right route, and not costing more than it should.
igroup gives just as much attention to both new and existing customers when it comes to optimisation too.
To us, you’re not just another customer.
The technical team prides itself on knowing each customer’s environment in great detail, understanding the background and needs of the account. We’ll be able to advise exactly where you can make saving based on your business priorities.