Cost-Effective Strategies on Cloud Without Compromising Performance

Managing cloud costs without sacrificing performance is a challenge many businesses face today. In this post, we break down strategies to optimize your cloud investments. A must-read for professionals seeking a balanced approach to their cloud journey.

AUTHOR
Varun Bansal
POSTED ON
August 24, 2023
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The digital age has ushered in many opportunities, but with it comes the challenge of managing costs, especially in cloud computing. As businesses increasingly migrate to the cloud, the need for cost-effective strategies that maintain performance becomes paramount.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, many organisations jumped head first into the cloud. Different business units began sourcing applications and their cloud infrastructure independently. It was like everyone in a family shopping for groceries without a list. Now, centralised IT teams are realising there's significant wastage due to this lack of coordination.

Let's dive into some strategies that can help you strike the right balance:

Quick-Win Optimisations:

  1. Right Sizing Your Instances:
    Think of it like renting an office space. If it's too spacious for your team, you're wasting money on unused square footage. If it's too cramped, productivity suffers. In the same way, selecting the right instance sizeensures you're not overpaying for resources you don't use or under-provisioning, which can impact performance.
  2. Increase Elasticity & Instance Scheduling:
    The beauty of the cloud is its flexibility. Increasing elasticity allows you to scale resources up or down based on demand. Consider a batch-processing application that processes large datasets only during nighttime hours. If the server for this application runs constantly, you're paying for idle time during the day. By using instance scheduling, you can ensure the server is active only during the night when the batch processing occurs, and it's scaled down orturned off during the day. This way, you only pay for the resources when they're in use.
  3. Pick the Right Pricing Model:
    Choosing the right cloud pricing model is similar to selecting between an annual SaaS subscription and a monthly one. The monthly plan might be more expensive per month, but it offers the flexibility to opt-out without any long-term commitments. On the other hand, the annual plan provides a price advantage, often coming at a discounted rate, but it locks you in for a whole year. One model might be more suitable depending on your cloud needs and commitment preferences.
  4. Match Usage to Storage Class:
    Not all data is accessed frequently. You can save costs by matching your data usage patterns to the appropriate storage class. It's akin to storing seasonal clothes in the attic instead of your main wardrobe.
Optimisation Strategies

Architectural Optimization:

Design for Cost:
When architecting solutions, always have cost in mind. This doesn't mean cutting corners but rather making informed decisions that provide value without unnecessary expenses.

Regular Monitoring:

Measure, Monitor, & Optimize:
Just as you'd regularly check your car's mileage to ensure it's running efficiently, it's crucial to monitor your cloud usage and costs consistently.This helps in identifying and rectifying inefficiencies. Make use of the cloud's flexibility: suspend resources during non-productive hours like nights and weekends, and routinely assess to delete any unused resources. By doing so, you manage and optimize your cloud operations effectively.

In conclusion, optimising costs on the cloud without compromising performance is a delicate balancing act. But with the right strategies in place, it's entirely achievable. Remember, it's not just about cutting costs; it's about making smart decisions that align with your business goals. So, the next time you look at your cloud bill, think of these strategies and make your cloud journey efficient and effective.

 

References:

  1. IBM Blog on Cloud Cost Optimization: This article delves into the intricacies of cloud cost optimisation, highlighting the potential for significant cost savings and the importance of monitoring and optimising cloud spending.
  2. Mastering Cloud Cost Optimization by IBM: A comprehensive guide on the principles of cloud cost optimisation, emphasising the challenges and solutions in managing cloud costs.
  3. AWS helps demystify cloud financial management: This article delves into the importance of cloud financial management and the strategies AWS recommends for effective cloud cost optimisation.

 

AUTHOR
Varun Bansal
POSTED ON
August 24, 2023
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Cloud
Cost Optimisation
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