Organizations are embracing cloud to benefit from the scalability, responsiveness and cost-efficiencies that cloud computing offers. The transformation to a cloud environment is a significant enterprise undertaking that has a tremendous impact on the way IT organizations operate and the way services are delivered to business users. A major benefit of using the cloud is the potential for big cost savings. On-demand services provide exceptional value for use cases that requires periodic use of computing resources.
Estimating the costs of cloud computing can be tricky. Just because you’re using the cloud doesn’t mean that you’ll be saving money over other ways to do the same thing. Use cases, for example , that require cloud machines to be kept running 24×7 show less of a cost benefit and actually may be more expensive than using on-premise or other dedicated hosting options. It’s also important to be able to match the right cloud service to the task at hand. Estimating the type and number of servers needed to perform a service or run an application can be complex.
But, as with almost anything, there are dangers of unexpected costs. Cloud services provide a utility that can be turned on or off, as needed. But almost anyone who has used a cloud service like Amazon AWS has experienced accidentally leaving a server running when it was no longer needed. The costs involved with a mistake like that may not be that big of a deal if you’re talking about just one or a few servers.
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