Cost challenges of maintaining a Cloud infrastructure

March 7, 2022

Cloud Infrastructure

A recent study by Gartner revealed that the Infrastructure as Service (IaaS) sector is poised to grow exponentially and is projected to reach $201.83 billion by 2027, from $50 billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 23.2% from 2020 to 2027. But the same report also highlighted that many IaaS companies were cumulatively set to lose more than $17 billion in cloud spending due to idle cloud resources owing to a lack of oversight and cost-effective governance. 

In this blog, let us take a dive into the cost challenges most enterprises face while maintaining a cloud infrastructure.

  • Absence of cloud governance: Though most companies can usually understand the total usage costs for their cloud resources, breaking it down to decipher the usage cost of each cloud resource becomes challenging. This lack of clear understanding leads to a complete lack of oversight and the organizations keep scaling their resources haphazardly – a situation referred to as cloud sprawl. Cloud sprawls are the most common reasons for extremely high usage bills.      
  • Incomprehensible bills: Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a platform that has become infamous for this recurring issue. Though its bills and usage metrics appear quite detailed, most clients find it difficult to make sense of the heavy technical jargon that comes with it. In fact, a recent survey highlighted that almost 95% of AWS users find it challenging to make sense of AWS bills, which greatly affects their ability to make meaningful decisions when it comes to reducing their cloud bills.
  • Strategic misalignment among teams in cloud cost optimization: There is a common misconception among enterprises that cloud cost optimization measures are applicable only to IT teams, whereas the cloud resources are used by other teams too. As such, cloud optimization strategies targeting only IT departments are bound to fail and in turn exacerbate already burgeoning cloud bills. 
  • Managing cloud costs manually: For most enterprises, it was a common practice until very recently, for DevOps teams to manually examine the usage stats of the cloud resources and decide a cloud strategy based on the information gathered. As with all other manual processes, this leaves a lot of room for human errors, besides being cumbersome and time-consuming.

Taashee Linux Services Private Limited (CMMI Maturity Level 3 Appraised and ISO Certified), based in India, is an AWS Consulting and Technology Partner and has a proven track record of end-to-end effective cloud management services. With more than a decade of collective experience in AWS cloud solutions, Taashee is a partner of choice for many global businesses in implementing cost-effective and highly efficient cloud solutions. 

Taashee Linux Services offers a software solution that ensures that the cloud resources are only utilised strictly for the business purpose, thus allowing only need based utilisation of cloud resources. This tool limits the exposure of the end users to the AWS console and helps in keeping their  focus on the AWS resources granted by their manager for achieving the business requirements. For instance, if a manager thinks that the new Big Data cluster required for testing the new application feature needs to be provisioned for a month’s time, they can create a template which automatically provisions the  cloud environment with chosen EC2 instance types and sets a runtime limit. They can then  grant access to the developers without even logging into the AWS console. After the task is completed or the consumption limit is near, the software allows the user to request for extension  from their manager with valid reasons or the system would automatically terminate their environment after taking a snapshot (optional)  of their data. This ensures that no expensive resources are left running that keeps inflating the billing amount without the knowledge of the finance team.   

For more information, visit us at Cloud Computing Services and Solutions | Taashee Linux Services. You can also mail us at info@taashee.com or call us at +91-9154910504.

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