cloud utilization

As business enterprises are looking for ways to optimize IT infrastructure, cloud spending has continually risen. Given the many advantages of a hybrid cloud or cloud-based model, it’s not a surprise that many businesses are switching to this technology. One of the biggest benefits of moving is to save costs by only using what you require, and when you need it.

In spite of all the hype regarding cost cutting, many enterprises tend to overspend on resources they don’t need. According to a study, over 30% of expenditure is wasted on cloud, with just under 20% utilization of the same. An enterprise should look forward to maximizing cloud utilization, without overspending.

Buy As Much Capacity As Required

In order to ensure sufficient resources to handle their present and future growth, enterprises end up buying more capacity than what is actually required. Often, they are uninformed about the extent of utilization for each application, resulting in a large amount of unused resources constantly running and adding to the expenses.

Use Of Containers

Containers are scope-limited and a temporary thing, meaning that they should spin down and spin up as required. But the underlying infrastructure keeps running continuously, therefore destroying the value of pay as you utilize the cloud model. This only aggravates the problem of not embracing the utility-based cloud approach. For better utilization of computing resources, enterprises must start and stop their instances. To get the best returns on investment, they need to continuously monitor cloud utilization and spend, and also need visibility into their networks.

Monitoring Tools and Cloud Automation

To control costs and maximize cloud utilization, monitoring tools and automation can come to rescue. There are certain bots which will easily detect which instances have very low capacity utilization or have been running for long. They can even schedule downtime for instances, such as QA, testing or development environment that are not used at night. Also, large capacity instances that have been used a few days for a month, for risk assessments or financial closings.

Complex Rules For Cloud Automation Tools

Enterprises can have tighter regulations on cloud automation tools. Say, a resize bot can compile a list of instances with lesser utilization over the last month, and then resize them to an even smaller level to save as much as 50% on instances. This will continue to execute until the lowest available level, leading to significant cost-cutting. If you completely ensure that applications are not under-utilized when they are running and you are carefully monitoring cloud resources.

Maximizing utilization of cloud-based approach continues to be challenging for enterprises. Even large-scale enterprises struggle to get at least 10 percent of utilization from their infrastructure. As the cloud matures, evolution of business models is also required. The primary objective of using only what you need and when it is needed is far from reality for most enterprises. For all the cloud users, optimizing existing cloud usage needs to be a thing of top priority.