Gaining Cloud Control

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Part 1 / Series

As multi-cloud continues to be the defacto standard for a majority of enterprises, so does the responsibility to manage cloud costs. AWS and Azure both offer features that deliver insights into spend, instances, usage, etc but they do not do so from an agnostic POV. 

CloudAdmin delivers the ability to go deep and see beyond each platform for an integrated view, in real-time, on spending. www.cloudadmin.io. We work with both platforms and provide objective insights as well as actionable information that allows you to immediately pivot your spend.

We thought it would be helpful to share our Cloud Cost checklist with you. Today’s post, Gaining Cloud Control, is the first installation in a series of posts designed to help you not only save but optimize your multi-cloud environment. It will keep your budget under control and give your CFO peace of mind. 

Gain Cloud Control

It’s easy to start programs in the cloud and lose track—while running up a bill packed with waste.

  1. Exporting billing data
    1. Detailed billing information will let you know where the money is being spent graphically and with raw data. It’s best to tackle the largest elephant in the room first and optimize there as ROI will be highest.
  2. Rightsizing of instances
    1. Given that each cloud has a large number of instances as you consume more it becomes more and more difficult to understand what is being used and what isn’t being used, and what that translates into in terms of savings. We audit your usage rates to determine whether there are better VM choices without performance impact.
  3. Reducing waste [Unused ELB, Cleaning up old AMIs, Upgrading to the latest generation, Unused EBS]
    1. As time goes on unused resources just keep growing and sucking up money. CloudAdmin analyzes your infrastructure and shows you what resources are sitting around burning a hole in your pocket without being used.
  4. Savings Plans or Reserved Instances
    1. The ability to lock in immediate savings by pre-buying infrastructure upfront on a 1 or 3 year time period.
  5. Setting up alerts for savings target
    1. We ingest your data multiple times a day, and if a savings threshold is crossed we will immediately alert you. So you can have peace of mind that your bill will not spiral out of control.