Posted date: 5 July 2017
Have you tried turning it off and on again……
You’ve heard it so many times it’s not really that funny anymore however in “the cloud” it could just be the soundest financial advice you’ll ever hear. For many, the technical reasons for moving to the cloud made absolute sense but when the bills started to roll in some started to question its commercial value.
So why is this?
Simply put that new infrastructure has been left on 24 hours a day, and to the most part run on virtual machines that offer far more capacity than is required most of the time.
Turn them off when you are not using them
Managing your usage will dramatically affect the price you pay, by analysing when and why your cloud instances are actually needed you can manage consumption far better, dependant on the results you can easily achieve 50% or more reductions. By using tools and good analytics much of this can be automated and amended to react to the demands of the business.
Keep your eye on the capacity
Most organisations have peak times and busy periods, so sizing your environment based on when you need the power and reducing it when you don’t will also provide savings. Flexing your environment can be automated to react to increased demand using metrics such as CPU usage, memory and so on.
The Right Skills
Given the amount of savings that could potentially be achieved, the cost of getting temporary skills to organise your environment to achieve maximum efficiency will easily justify itself in a very short time frame.
Moss once said “I came here to drink milk and kick ass and I've just finished my milk” maybe it’s time to kick ass and start switching off.