Minimize Cloud Costs with Good Routing Logic

    December 15, 2015

    By John Miecielica

    The cloud may be able to give you an infinite amount of storage, but we’re betting that you wouldn’t want to pay for that. To make the most of your cloud budget, you need software that can determine the optimal distribution of workloads at a moment’s notice.
    No company today can do business without some degree of reliance on the cloud. The appeal of cloud computing lies in its unlimited amount of memory and storage space. Whether it’s enterprise-owned or rented from a provider, the goal is to achieve the highest level of service for the lowest possible cost.
    But IT environments are so complicated and rapidly changing that deciding how to optimize cloud use is impossible for any IT staff to do on its own. Attaining the right workload placement, or a balanced management of resources spread across the multiple hosting environments that cloud usage entails, can be difficult. This article is aimed at giving you a better idea of what poor management can lead to, and how TeamQuest software can help you avoid those costly mistakes.

    The Hazards of a Cloud Creative

    In order to effectively utilize the cloud, your company will need to be able to predict what your general workload will be in relation to the resources you currently have. Most of the cost of running this system will stem from how you allocate these resources.

    While cloud management platforms will be able to determine which environments each workload is routed to, many of them require that you supply a great deal of additional information, according to Cirba. These specifications can include technical requirements of these workloads, business policies, resource and memory requirements, and total budget.
    Some of these measurements may be easy to come by, while others are more abstract — which can lead to expensive mistakes. One of the greatest risks for any company attempting to manage its cloud resources is that of stranding resources. Despite the potential range of a multi-environment program, overloading one of these clusters with excess information can shut down the entire system. Additionally, storage must be balanced to make the entire system run smoothly.
    Another concern is over-licensing software. If your company is able to concentrate its workloads to software that is licensed on a per-processor basis, you’ll be able to cut down excess expenses significantly. The next concern is matching your workloads with the right resources. If you over-service your workloads, you will find yourself spending too much on storage. On the other hand, under-servicing by initially investing in too little storage may prove even more costly in terms of both lost revenue during crashes and in damage to your reputation with customers.

    Finally, plugging your workloads into the wrong environment will lead to the server having to rework in order to fix the problem. This will cause all cloud environments to lag or crash and will incur additional costs and man hours to repair.

    Cloud Management Made Easy

    Luckily, making full use of the cloud’s benefits is easily manageable — if you have the right partner. With the diagnostic capabilities of TeamQuest software, you’ll always have a good idea of which resources aren’t being properly utilized, using advanced routing logic to keep systems running optimally in real-time.
    TeamQuest software will notify your company in advance if customers are experiencing slower response time and will provide tips on how to avoid the lag. Additionally, it will analyze performance across cloud portals in an ongoing manner, enabling progressively more accurate predictions that will allow your company’s IT team to plan accordingly. All the while, TeamQuest will be keeping your initial business model in mind, zeroing in on whatever technological components may be standing in the way.

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    Tags: teamquest, cirba
    Category: cloud