Despite the well-documented advantages associated with the cloud – such as greater speed, flexibility, agility, scalability – many businesses find their spending...
Achieving well-maintained and well-managed cloud services, while keeping costs down, causes a headache for most businesses. And with the majority of your critical applications and processes running via the cloud these days, it’s easy to see why.
To ease this challenge, it’s crucial to take a proactive, rather than a reactive approach to cloud maintenance and optimisation:
- Put processes and responsibilities in place to monitor and manage your cloud infrastructure
- Conduct regular reviews of the configuration, allocation of resources, bandwidth, and any other relevant areas you can gain insight into
- Then make decisions about how to optimise your cloud deployment accordingly, to minimise unnecessary spending.
Of course, this is easier said than done.
Maintaining a cloud-based IT infrastructure can be a full-time responsibility, and should be treated as such. Nothing stays still when it comes to this technology, especially not the role of the person maintaining it.
But hiring someone to do this, or training existing employees in this area, are time-consuming and costly investments.
So, what can you do to make things easier?
When dealing with technology as complex and vast as the cloud, we recommend leveraging other technology solutions to help you manage it.
Automation tools can support you by conducting regular monitoring, reporting, and analysis of your cloud systems. Not only that, but it’s actually a more efficient and cost-effective way to keep your cloud spend under control.
This will allow you and your team to devote more time to focusing on further business growth and innovation, and less time worrying about staying on top of your cloud systems.
Automation tools will also provide:
- Significant cost savings
- Opportunities for improvement and innovation
- Optimisation of cloud performance
- Greater ROI
- Competitive differentiation.
If you’d like to discover more about how automation can help you optimise the performance and lower the costs of your own cloud deployments, check out our latest guide here.