In terms of budgeting, a cloud-based infrastructure is an entirely different animal than traditional on-premise architecture. In the past, businesses were mostly worried about the purchasing and maintenance of hardware and the procurement of costly software licenses. In a cloud-based infrastructure, businesses are generally focused on the resources that they are deploying and the service levels that they are purchasing. Because this can be unfamiliar, it can also potentially lead to heads of IT paying more for their cloud-based infrastructure than they truly need to. Here are a few tips to cut cloud infrastructure costs without losing functionality.
1. Transition Everything to the Cloud
Businesses will usually save the most money if they transition their entire infrastructure to the cloud and integrate their applications and services into a single ecosystem. Attempting to maintain on-premise equipment in addition to cloud-based equipment is not only expensive but can also damage productivity, especially if there are issues in integration between the on-premise and cloud-based systems.
2. Get the Right Service Level for Your Business
A business negotiates a service level based on the amount of resources that their organization requires and the help and support that they need. When signing up with a cloud based service, it is easy to purchase more services than your business needs unknowingly. Also, depending on the company's size and their technology utilization, they may be able to negotiate better packages with their cloud service providers. Businesses should assess not only their current needs but also the needs that they will have in the future.
3. Invest in a Third-Party Audit
Third-party IT audits will go over the organization's spending and determine whether there may be inefficiencies or unnecessary costs. These audits can be completed by neutral third-party specialists (such as managed service providers) and are often able to catch things that those on your team may not have noticed.
4. Consider Engaging With a Managed Service Provider
One of the major improvements of a cloud infrastructure is its ability to make it easier to outsource IT. Optimizing a cloud infrastructure does require a thorough knowledge of the technology involved -- and constant monitoring and maintenance. A managed service provider can help you build a plan to reduce your organization's expenses both now and moving forward. MSPs save an organization in many ways: they eliminate the need to keep on call staff, and they can fine-tune and customize infrastructure services.
There are many ways to optimize your cloud infrastructure, but one of the best ways to get started is to start talking to an MSP. An MSP will be able to assess the needs of your organization and your current infrastructure and will be able to ensure that your organization can meet its own needs without having to spend more than it should.