Following the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are utilising cloud infrastructure to host workloads and promote better collaboration between their employees.
Unfortunately, due to the rapid adoption of the cloud, many businesses are paying far more than they should for their infrastructure. This can be due to a multitude of different reasons such as paying for unused capacity, having a bloated environment with unnecessary functionality, poor structuring of payments, and much more.
At Wizard IT, we specialise in helping businesses create the most cost-effective and efficient cloud infrastructure for their specific requirements. As a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner, we specialise in the cloud platform Azure, so that’s what this blog will be based around. If you don’t use Azure, it’s okay, almost all the points we make will apply to any cloud platform!
If you aren’t currently keeping a close eye on your cloud infrastructure statistics, you need to start. Without knowing what your usage is, it will be impossible to optimise your resources and reduce costs.
Microsoft Azure has comprehensive reporting capabilities, enabling you to produce detailed reports on a variety of different metrics. These tools can also be automated, providing regular updates to you and your team and making recommendations easy to see and implement.
Whilst these tools do have a steep learning curve, they are more than worthwhile as without them you won’t be able to make the changes you need to create a truly cost-effective cloud infrastructure.
A business’ requirements change over time, leading to your cloud infrastructure being used for different purposes. When this happens, functionality can be left behind but still be paid for as part of your monthly costs.
When you’re creating or automating your cloud usage reports, make sure that you build a report that details how each piece of functionality is used within your cloud infrastructure. This will allow you to identify areas that you can remove, saving you money and reducing your cloud complexity.
Once you know more about your cloud usage, you can look for opportunities to optimise your costs and reduce the amount you’re paying for your infrastructure.
A great example of this is Azure Spot VMs. This allows your organisation to buy unused computing capacity from Microsoft at a discount. If you have a workload that you’re waiting to run, you can set a maximum price for this capacity and once the price drops below it, the workload will automatically run. This is a great way to get extra computing power when and if you need it for a price that works for your business.
You can also gain large discounts on computing power by committing to a certain level of usage in advance. If your business has a sustained and predictable usage, as evidenced by your cloud usage reports, committed use can provide a great way of saving money when compared to pay-as-you-go usage.
It’s important to avoid your teams becoming siloed in their cloud usage. For large organisations, it can be easy for different departments to adopt different cloud solutions, leading to an incredibly inefficient infrastructure that costs a lot more than it should do.
By moving all your departments onto a centralised cloud infrastructure, economies of scale allow your organisation to pay much less for its computing requirements. This has the simultaneous effect of your IT team only having to apply optimisations across one infrastructure rather than multiple.
If you haven’t been regularly reviewing your cloud infrastructure over the last several years, you aren’t currently monitoring your cloud usage statistics, or you have poor visibility of your infrastructure, you’re probably spending too much.
Get in touch with Wizard IT today to find out how we can optimise your Azure infrastructure to save your business time, resources, and money. As a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner, we have the expertise and experience with Azure to help you realise your cloud aspirations.
If you would like to chat about your Businesses needs, get in touch with our IT experts.