Cloud costs not optimized? That’s on you

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It’s Monday morning and you get an irate call from the CFO. A public cloud bill just came in and it’s three times higher than last month. The overage is not in the budget and just what do you suggest to make up the difference?

Most of us have fielded these types of calls, and there is no good response. 

It’s almost too fast and easy to use the cloud and provision its resources. Without specific automated controls and reporting in place, you’re bound to get an eye-widening cloud bill at some point. It’s hardly a new phenomenon. This happens at home with sudden rises in electric or water bills that reflect seasonal usage, or cable TV bills that mean the kids have been binge-watching pay-per-view. It’s the same with the cloud.

In this IDG Cloud Computing Survey, 40% of respondents cited the need to control cloud costs as an obstacle to their ongoing use of cloud. Most of those who don’t currently control costs have no idea of their ongoing…


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