3 practical ways to fight the recession by being cloud smart

As COVID begins to almost seem like a distant memory, you think we’d all be taking a break. But no, the threat of recession now darkens the horizons. So now is a great time to smartly learn how you’re using the cloud and ensure it delivers short- and long-term value to your organization.

In this article, we offer three specific ways to realize real cost savings or maximize the benefits (and cost savings) of your cloud and cloud applications.

1. Save more when you choose a cloud-native app

Depending on where you are on your roadmap to cloud adoption, you might want to take a look at some of your legacy line-of-business applications and ask yourself if they will serve you as well in your transformed state.

If you have the budget, virtually any application can be retrospectively retrofitted to run in the cloud. And, not wanting to be left behind, some vendors have redesigned their apps to run in the cloud, with varying degrees of success. But it is important to realize that unless the application was specifically designed to run on the cloud (i.e. cloud native), it may not provide ROI or allow your business to keep up with the current pace of change.

Think of it this way: it’s like adapting your gas-powered car to run on an EV battery. While innovation can extend the life of your beloved vehicle, it will never perform at the level of an all-new, state-of-the-art Tesla.

Cloud-native applications are designed from birth to be inherently efficient; to perform at a much better level than apps with non-native functionality and to cost less to run.

Let’s take a closer look at these benefits:

  • Additional efficiency: Because cloud-native apps are designed to use cloud-native features and application programming interfaces (APIs), they use the underlying resources more efficiently. Results? Better performance and generally lower operating costs.
  • Essential performance: Cloud-native apps typically let you access the native features of public cloud services — so again, they perform better. And you can take advantage of features like autoscaling (add/remove compute, storage, and network services to meet fluctuating workload demands without compromising availability and performance) and load balancing (routing incoming traffic to the most cost effective cloud server or network without, again, affecting availability or performance).
  • Controlled costs: Cloud-native apps are designed to run efficiently from the start, so they cost less to run. Most cloud providers will bill each month for the number of resources your organization consumes, so obviously if you can do more with less, you’re saving money.

2. Check out this cloud proliferation

It’s easy to rack up spikes on your cloud bill when your organization has gone cloud crazy. Cloud mining occurs when your cloud resources have proliferated out of control and you are paying for them, often unknowingly.

So how is it going? This usually happens due to a failure to eliminate services that are no longer or were never part of your overall cloud strategy. It’s like continuing to pay for an auto insurance policy on a Ferrari when you’ve done a reasonable downgrade to a Toyota wagon.

Cloud sprawl can happen when departments add or test cloud applications and then don’t unsubscribe. Or to keep unnecessary storage space despite deleting the associated cloud server instance. Or the services you needed when you first migrated to the cloud, not when they were retired.

Make your cloud strategy a living document to ensure you only pay for what you need and use. One that is shared and compared regularly with the actual status quo. Implement policies to control these random or one-time cloud application trials when they are completed. Discuss with your technology partner setting up automated provisioning to shut down old workloads that are no longer valuable or could be handled off-peak and, therefore, more cost-effectively.

And compare each bill to see if you’re paying for cloud services you no longer need or use. If that all sounds a little overwhelming, a cloud analytics status check from your managed services partner could provide a great return on investment.

3. Get more value from your legacy apps that are far from dead

While cloud-native apps may seem like they have it all, we all know that sometimes giving up your investment in a legacy solution just isn’t practical. In this case, an elevator and shift (think of it as uplifting your home – as is, where is – from a slightly rundown suburb to a more upscale suburb with better facilities) may be the best option for bring aging technology to life without having to invest in renovations (or buy new servers).

When done right, lift and shift is a very cost-effective way to move your organization to the cloud. Just know that while you’ll save money by not modernizing your application, you won’t realize the true cloud benefits of native builds (i.e. cheaper storage, elasticity, or added security) .

Don’t forget to count your savings

If you’re wondering where else you can find immediate or long-term savings, remember that your initial decision to migrate to the cloud has provided your organization with a positive return on investment since day one.

And if you chose fully managed services, you saved even more.

You’ve already avoided the significant overhead of expensive servers stacked in a dust-free, temperature-controlled environment, interruptions caused by software upgrades or server downtime, and the need for IT resources to manage your environment and protect your data against cyber-attacks. And you said hello to a low-risk, secure, and highly available environment, no matter where your employees are working, anytime.

If you want to discuss how to maximize the benefits of your cloud and get practical, thoughtful answers, contact us here.

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