08-19-20 | Blog Post
A 2019 Technalysis Research study found that medium to large businesses on average use 3.1 Cloud Service Providers with 3.4 cloud workloads per provider; over 85% of these businesses were also running a private cloud. Additional data was offered regarding the 13 most popular workloads deployed across public, private and hybrid clouds, from databases (72%) down to security (46%.) Other categories included Analytics, IOT, Software Development and Backup/Disaster Recovery. All of this data reminds us that businesses need to review their own cloud usage and assure an optimized plan exists that aligns cloud and storage models with workload performance requirements and risk profiles. Creating or revising a cloud usage plan has significant impacts beyond performance and security; key among those is the economics of cloud usage.
Cloud-onomics Has Significant Impacts on the Business
When a business doesn’t have an optimized plan for cloud usage, there are many potential side effects. A survey by 451 Research and Apptio offers that inferior cloud management has a negative impact on innovation, provides a lower quality of service, promotes sprawl and underutilization of resources, and leads to higher costs. Some estimates put the 2020 “wasted cloud spend” at $17.6B, made up of categories that are largely correctable with a properly optimized cloud plan. The categories include: nonproduction (44%), oversized (40%), overspend (50%), and idle workloads (76%).
Reviewing and segmenting workloads is a key step in optimizing a cloud usage plan. Following is a high-level overview of workload considerations for public, private and hybrid cloud services:
Commensurate to the value of the workload and the cloud service the workload is segmented into, SLAs are a key component of the cloud usage plan. As previously noted, the workloads that require private or hybrid cloud should also have more stringent SLAs for availability, RTO, RPO, security and compliance. In either service, public or private cloud, higher SLAs normally have a higher cost which should be justified against the value of the data or workload protected. All cloud service SLAs should consider:
Developing or revising a cloud usage plan should include segmenting of workloads, optimizing those workloads to the appropriate level of cloud services and selecting commensurate levels of DRO and business continuity. These choices involve complex decisions, complex decisions that the industry’s best expertise can assist with. If your organization, large or small, is preparing to develop or optimize your cloud usage plan, we can help! Otava’s fully compliant public and private cloud services answers your workload requirements and Otava disaster recovery as a service, powered by Zerto, helps you stay up and running in the face of cyber-attacks, natural disasters and system failures. When you sign up for 12 months of Disaster Recovery as a Service, your first month is free! Contact us to learn more.
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