The cloud is an invaluable solution for today’s evolving business needs, but adopting the cloud platform can spell big changes for an organization. Here are some factors businesses should seek clarity about before moving their workloads and applications to the cloud.
Cloud pricing model structure
Adopting cloud has the benefit of reducing costs drastically. Paradigm of cloud is scalable based on the needs of the business. However, the minimum threshold quantity for the IT economics should be worked out with the Cloud Service Providers. It is advisable to understand the pricing models of cloud providers for Infrastructure, Platform and Application that can unearth key pricing assumptions and hidden fees of subscription if any. In many a cases the software is provided at a nominal rate but the security, auditing and archiving aspects of the subscription are heavily priced. A keen understanding of the pricing model will help the decision makers to list the needs and break the pricing structures before they make their decisions.
Possibility of breaking the components
Cloud presents the option of breaking up the components and subscribing them as per the needs of the enterprise. While the market is mature to give an itemized level costing for Infrastructure, Platform and Software – choosing support services for each of these categories in the form of a Service Catalog is still a challenge. IT leaders should look for reducing service costs also while breaking up their needs on services. For example: A workload may need Disaster Recovery Drill once in a year whereas the backup restore verification service may be subscribed quarterly. Allowing the IT leaders to choose the components across the stack of cloud from Infrastructure to Services and an itemized invoicing helps in better charge back mechanisms and optimizing the budgets.
Experimenting on newer paradigms
Internet of Things, Analytics, Mobile Application Marketplace are some of the paradigms that make cloud platform their foundation. Many of the cloud providers as part of their portfolio expansion offer to use and evaluate these newer services at no costs or lower costs to promote their business. IT leaders should be equipped to understand and identify such possible services when they speak to their cloud service providers and utilize their roadmap to suit their needs.
CMS IT Services can help you in bringing this clarity providing in-depth analysis of your business needs and provide cost-effective solutions.