How To Avoid Cloud Sticker Shock Syndrome in 2016
A new article from InfoWorld this January covers simple tips for any executives looking to avoid cloud “sticker shock” syndrome. While the cost of migrating to the cloud can often be higher than many organizations anticipated, that’s not actually the sticker shock the site was talking about. Instead, it’s the hidden fees that often come after you adopt cloud communications.
In fact, some entities find that the biggest expenses in cloud computing comes AFTER the migration is over, and after they thought they had prices locked in. Specifically, InfoWorld warns people to watch out for extra fees or costs associated with running a large database on a public cloud network.
“If you build big data systems in the public cloud, you know that it costs money to move data in and out of the cloud — that is, network traffic. Public cloud providers vary on this expense, and it changes all the time. Regardless of the fluctuating prices, if you’re running huge databases in a public cloud, you need to consider the data traffic you’re consuming.”
The site only shares two tips for avoiding these extra costs, like using tools to minimize the amount of data analysis and thereby eliminating unnecessary network traffic. Of course, if you really want to avoid cloud sticker shock, then you’ll need better ways to avoid hidden costs like this, whether you’re running on a public, private, or hybrid network.
Want To Avoid Hidden Cloud Costs in the Future? CSBs Are on the Rise in 2016 For Good Reason
In 2015 the brokerage model began taking over cloud communications. Cloud services brokers are increasingly helping small businesses, public organizations, schools and universities, and startups navigate the world of cloud computing.
When migrating IT, data storage, and backup recovery to the cloud, enterprises may need to reconcile their existing infrastructure with new cloud offerings. Then there’s public agencies or schools, which have unique compliance needs. The elite cloud services brokerage firms can not only help organizations keep down the costs of cloud computing, but also help them navigate complex situations like these.
Of course, the real reason cloud services brokers are thriving is because they’re succeeding in helping keep costs down. Cloud sticker shock syndrome is a real thing, and that’s because there are only a handful of major players in Silicon Valley offering many cloud services. Amazon, Google, Verizon, and a few other major players dominate the industry, keeping competition low and prices high.
But a cloud brokerage service can leverage their own buying power to offer public organizations, schools, or startups more competitive pricing on vital cloud applications. That keeps the initial migration costs down, while also helping to avoid any expensive surprises down the road.