The cloud has revolutionized the software industry in so many ways. Recently, businesses have started moving to the cloud in droves because of increased features, flexibility, and cost efficiency.
One of the reasons companies are opting for cloud computing today is to optimize their costs. This is where cost optimization allows you to design an appropriate architecture for your applications. Cloud computing presents many advantages, including flexibly moving between services and saving money.
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While every business needs to use the cloud for cost optimization, sometimes you must choose between cost savings and performance.
This article will reveal how cost optimization with the cloud impacts architecture and application design.
What is Cloud Cost Optimization?
Cloud cost optimization is optimizing your cloud spending by identifying and eliminating waste while meeting business demands. It’s important to remember that cloud cost optimization is more than saving money. Cloud cost optimization is also about ensuring you get the most out of your cloud investment.
Any effective cloud cost optimization strategy aims to reduce costs without reducing service levels or customer satisfaction — otherwise known as “doing more with less.”
To do this, you’ll need to do things like:
Optimize your application configurations to use less memory, CPU, and storage.
Use spot instances when appropriate to save money on new EC2 instances.
Choose the right region for your workloads based on cost and latency requirements.
Automate and schedule regular snapshots of your data volumes for backup purposes.
Cloud Cost Optimization Impacts Application Architecture
Cloud cost optimization can impact your application architecture in several ways. If you’re using a public cloud provider like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform, you’ll want to consider the following:
Cloud cost optimization often includes a geographic dispersion strategy. This strategy spreads workloads across multiple data centers in different regions and countries. There are several reasons why this is beneficial:
With more than one data center available, the service can withstand outages at any location without compromising availability. In addition, if an entire region goes down (for example, due to a natural disaster), customers still have access through other regions — which may not be affected by the same problem.
Faster Networking Throughput
When multiple data centers exist close to each other, there’s less latency between them than if great distances separate them. Latency is the delay that occurs when information passes through a network from one place to another. It’s caused by many factors, including distance, traffic volume, and equipment failures or slowdowns on either end of the connection.
Faster Networking Throughput
This is a big one that causes many applications to be designed differently. The cloud allows you to provision resources at scale to meet peak traffic demands. This means you can buy some of your networking infrastructure upfront and amortize it over years or decades of use. Instead, you can pay for what you need in real-time as it is needed, which allows for faster networking throughput (all else being equal). Note that this doesn’t mean that the costs are necessarily cheaper; it just means that they are more flexible and adjustable.
Better System Choice
Cloud providers offer virtualization technologies that allow for faster provisioning and redundancy of servers, storage devices, network equipment, etc., which means you can get better systems for less money than if you were buying them on-premise.
Productivity and Innovation
Cloud cost optimization can help companies increase their productivity and innovation by helping them to streamline their infrastructure costs. Companies implementing cloud cost optimization strategies have seen significant improvements in cost savings and employee productivity. This is because they can use their IT budgets more efficiently, which allows them to spend more time focusing on business goals instead of worrying about budget constraints.
Aspects of Cloud Cost Optimization
You may achieve cost transparency and control by adhering to industry best practices.
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Here are five efficient cloud cost optimization strategies you may implement to reap the rewards.
Create a Plan: Set clear goals and targets for your cloud spending, then create project plans that align with those goals. This will help you monitor progress as you go along and make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
Increase Spend Visibility: With so many different tools available, it cannot be easy to get a clear picture of how much money you’re spending on each one — especially if you’re working with multiple vendors or providers. This makes it hard to know where to start when it comes to optimizing costs. You’ll need a single source of truth for all your spending data so you can compare apples to apples and identify opportunities for savings without having to go through dozens of spreadsheets first.
Evaluate and Right-size Your Resources: You need to know how much it will cost to run your application in the cloud before you make a move. Look at past costs and projections, and consider what future needs might be based on growth or changes in business needs. Cloud providers often offer free trials or small-scale projects to help you get started with their services.
Align Your Budget to Your Goals: Be sure that any spending plan aligns with organizational goals, such as growth or cost reduction. Assess whether any changes require additional resources or if fewer would suffice.
Audit Your Cloud Costs Regularly: When reviewing budgets for organizations of all sizes, auditing is key — especially when it comes to cloud computing expenses because they tend to be more complex than other types of IT spending. Regular audits will help identify areas where savings can be found.
The cloud is changing how we build applications, which doesn’t just mean simply shifting to a platform’s cloud version. It’s important to think of cost optimization as a benefit of cloud architecture, but not just that—a driver behind its increasing popularity.
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