Everyone wants to avoid the recession; especially given the negative effects it could have on businesses. Therefore, enterprises need to ensure they have sufficient plans in place for business continuity.
Following the COVID lockout, businesses realized the value of switching to the cloud, resulting in Lifting and Shifting whole setups online, leading to overhiring and unprecedented growth during those years. However, they did not understand that what they witnessed was just a spike and NOT the ‘New normal’.
Currently, post-Covid, businesses have expanded, resources have grown, and what has followed is an increase in cloud costs, which occur every second or minute for every cloud resource that is used. Given recent layoffs by major corporations in 2022, the recession for 2023 is now even more clear. Make no mistake: By basic comparison, it may appear that shifting to the cloud was an obvious choice, and it certainly was, as the cloud has been a lifesaver for many businesses in recent years! However, if it is not managed effectively, businesses may end up spending more money on the ongoing cost of using the cloud than they were spending pre-covid. That is to say, the sectors are now left with Cloud solutions that are not scalable, dynamic, robust, or reliable. Many businesses are already considering how they might survive the upcoming year due to increasing costs and resources.
Fortunately, there are some actions you can take to set yourself and your business up for the turbulence to come, and one of the main options is ‘Optimizing your Cloud solution‘.
What is meant by Cloud Optimization?
The process of reducing or eliminating wasteful use of Cloud resources by carefully selecting, providing, and adjusting the quantities of resources allocated to individual cloud features is known as cloud optimization. In the context of DevOps, the term “Cloud optimization” refers to the process of establishing the method that would result in the most effective distribution of Cloud resources across various use cases.
In simple words, Cloud optimization is critical for businesses that wish to reap further benefits from the cloud, such as lowering their overall cloud costs, increasing the productivity of their engineers, and transitioning more operations from on-premises architecture to a setting that is hosted in the cloud.
In the year 2020, respondents report that thirty percent of the money spent on cloud computing is wasted (Statista). As a result of this fact, many companies regard Cloud cost management to be of the utmost importance.
Cloud optimization involves looking out for opportunities to cut off the dead weight you no longer need. Also, it can help you find the bare minimum cloud services you need to get things done. Or you can discover alternative methods to accomplish similar goals in a cheaper, faster, and leaner way.
How to achieve an Optimized and Reliable Cloud Solution?
When you’re looking for a scalable, reliable and optimized solution for your business or organization, it’s important to have the right team on board.
The first step is to determine the your current state. This can be done through thorough Assessment. The choices involved in optimizing your Cloud infrastructure can feel like a minefield with the range of cloud services now being offered by companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google. This Assessment sorts through the noise to provide the most effective and cost-friendly method for optimizing the resources on the cloud. This includes evaluating your current infrastructure, network, security and software stack, as well as the use of your Cloud services. It also means determining what is being run on on-prem infrastructure and what is being run on the Cloud.
Once this is done, the next step is laying out a proper plan from pilot to a production-ready cloud solution with properly proposed cloud offerings that will meet their needs and fit into your budget. This way, everyone has an understanding of what is being done as well as why it needs to be done.
Moreover, identifying and selecting the right team from your own engineering team and bringing external consultants (if required) to ensure that roles and responsibilities are clear from start to end and proper project management is keeping up the team in order, are other important steps in achieving this goal.
Lastly, utilizing the modern-day practice of Infrastructure as Code (IaC), DevOps processes such as CI/CD pipelines, Site Reliability Engineering for monitoring and alerting, and Agile methodology will ensure that your Cloud solution is scalable, dynamic, robust and reliable.
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