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Azure Cost Optimization: Control Wasted Spend & Maximize Cloud Value

Organizations across industries are adopting the cloud as a foundation for supporting transformative technologies. However, economics is a top consideration for executives as they weigh the value of cloud migration. Executives want to know exactly how they are saving money and how it will help them reduce costs. 

As businesses discover opportunities in new cloud projects, embrace cloud migration for the first time, and merge or acquire new organizations, they are met with a new technology landscape to traverse. This new cloud landscape can be ripe with opportunities and fraught with challenges. Without the right tools, strategy, and expertise businesses can’t fully grasp and view the financial impact of their cloud technologies.

$100 billion of wasted migration spend is expected to accrue over the next three years. Organizations need to optimize cloud costs by monitoring spend and utilization. The right cloud cost optimization approach will save organizations money by offering transparency into cloud spending, maximizing cloud utilization, and mitigating inefficiencies.

Why Cloud Costs Can Spiral Out of Control

Businesses favor the agility of the cloud to support modern hybrid remote workloads, pay for what they use, and avoid additional hardware and IT equipment costs. 

As organizations explore the transformational benefits of the cloud and begin experimenting with new data, workloads, and applications they can quickly become surprised by their cloud spending. 

Cloud costs can quickly spiral out of control because organizations lack visibility into the costs associated with cloud technology. Business leaders quickly realize that the cloud is delivering them significant value so they continue to implement new cloud projects. But this results in organizations having unanticipated cloud costs. 

Without the right capabilities and expertise organizations can’t:

  • View and monitor what’s happening from a financial standpoint in their cloud environment
  • Predict what resources they are going to use 
  • Understand how changes in their business impact cloud costs and spend

As a result, they spend way too much money.

The Complexities of Cloud Infrastructure Costs

It can be very difficult for businesses to manage and monitor infrastructure costs. There are often very subtle and complex scenarios that can impact cloud costs. 

For example, as architects and developers make changes to application environments and implement new cloud solutions, additional cloud costs can add up due to implementing new features and designs or scaling applications. These scenarios are very difficult to detect even with traditional cloud cost management tools. 

A business might have the tools and capabilities to manage infrastructure costs. But do they have the expertise to understand how every change across their business can impact cloud costs? Do they have the foresight to adjust internal processes and resources to control their cloud costs? Most businesses don’t have the depth to acquire these skills unless they hire additional personnel dedicated to the cloud.

However, this isn’t always practical in a modern business context. Many organizations are embracing cloud technologies and software-as-a-service (SaaS) business models to enhance their infrastructure without the need for hiring or training additional personnel.

It makes sense to take this same “as-a-service” approach to turn to dedicated cloud consultation services providers who already have the teams, resources, and knowledge a business requires to help them manage the complexities of cloud infrastructures. A business should hire a cloud consultation services partner to guide them along the cloud journey.

What is Cloud Cost Optimization?

Cloud cost optimization is a strategy to develop cost-effective ways to maximize cloud usage efficiently. Businesses can gain deep insights into their cloud costs using cloud cost management tools, like those from Microsoft Azure.

By partnering with an experienced Microsoft Cloud Platform and Azure cloud consultation services partner, companies can learn to control wasted spend and maximize cloud value.

By prioritizing cloud cost management, businesses can anticipate costs and improve budgeting and forecasting because they can see where their cloud technology costs are coming from.

Cloud cost optimization is a central component for businesses in any industry to determine the financial impacts of cloud technologies. Simply put, organizations can plan for the future, allocate resources where needed, and control their costs.

Creating an Effective Cloud Cost Optimization Strategy

There are numerous Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing Services and tools available that can provide savings opportunities. But there is a major advantage to choosing an experienced cloud consultation services partner, like CloudServus.

CloudServus is a top 1% Microsoft Gold Certified cloud consulting partner. Experienced cloud consultation services partners like CloudServus can:

  • Analyze an organization’s existing environment such as an Azure architecture and identify savings opportunities.
  • Provide a full transparent breakdown of all opportunities and the reasoning behind their suggestions. 
  • Ensure that any recommended changes will not impact the performance of workloads in Azure. 
  • Assure that data and cloud environment are secure.

Azure cloud consultation service providers help companies utilize tools like Microsoft Cost Management to take advantage of the capabilities that are included with Azure subscriptions and services from Microsoft.

For example, CloudServus’ Azure Cost Optimization Assessment helps customers uncover areas of opportunity for sustainable cost savings within a company’s Azure environment by reducing and restructuring resources and identifying programmatic savings:

  • Such as removing unused or previous versions of resources. 
  • Consolidating web app service plans, and transitioning SQL Database instances to SQL elastic pools.
  • Utilize Reserved Instances and Capacity for Azure SQL database.
  • Moving resources from Direct Billing pay as you go (PAYG) to a cloud service provider (CSP) with CloudServus.

In this sample scenario based on the results from real companies, businesses can benefit in potential annual savings of $69,360 for annual Azure spend and potential monthly savings of $5,780 in monthly Azure spend.

However, this is only one example scenario detailing the business impacts of a cloud optimization assessment. There are many opportunities to engage with cloud consultants to pinpoint exactly how to create a tailored cloud cost optimization strategy that’s fit for the unique needs of each business within their respective industry.

Experienced consultation services partners act as an extension to a business, being dependable and indispensable cloud experts that can guide businesses in determining the value of their cloud technologies.

Don’t Hesitate to Optimize Azure Costs

Don’t wait for cloud costs to spiral out of control when you can manage, monitor, and optimize your cloud usage. 

Contact CloudServus today to start your Azure Cost Optimization Assessment.

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