If anyone ever tells you the cloud runs itself – don’t listen! Yes, there’s a lot of automation above the infrastructure level that can be managed by tools, but you still need to know what you’re doing. The infrastructure itself shouldn’t be considered as a one-off task either. You need an infrastructure management plan in place.
In the same way, you service your car, the inner working of a cloud environment needs a regular tune-up.
With the right tools or service, you’ll have better oversight of your usage patterns and visibility of how actual usage compares with capacity, giving you the information, you need to reconfigure your environment to better reflect your real-world usage providing immediate opportunities for cost saving.
When you host directly with Microsoft or AWS, you won’t receive any alerts informing you of cost increases throughout the month and only see the damage in your monthly billing.