So you managed to convince your IT and executive leadership teams that the cloud is the way to go. They bought into your carefully constructed argument that by investing in cloud-based solutions, the organization would reap numerous benefits include operational efficiency, resource optimization, flexibility, scalability, etc. A year or so later, your predictions all came true. Except your CFO is looking at the numbers and wondering if you’re spending too much on your cloud. Now is a good time to assess whether or not your cloud is lean and mean, or if it’s bloated due to “cloud sprawl.” Read on to learn more.
Common causes of cloud sprawl
Cloud sprawl is generally defined as the unplanned use of cloud resources that aren’t generating economic benefit to the company. Some common causes of cloud sprawl that the HOSTING team has uncovered for their clients include:
- Internal teams utilize the cloud for test/dev activities, without setting a completion date. As a result, cloud resources remain on indefinitely.
- Individual departments deploy their own applications in the cloud that haven’t been vetted by IT. The teams that go rogue on you are also known as Shadow IT.
- No one in your organization has centralized control over cloud costs. This is often coupled by a lack of adequate reporting on cloud usage from the organization’s cloud service provider (CSP).
- Cloud provisioning and expense controls are handled by separate entities.
- Cloud vendors don’t provide automated processes for controlling resource deployments.
- Organizations jump into the cloud but fail to create, implement and enforce cloud usage policies.
Controlling cloud sprawl with HOSTING Managed Cloud Services™
HOSTING serves as a trusted cloud advisor to 2,000 customers. We collaborate with our clients on crafting cloud-based solutions that are right-sized for their technology and business needs – as well as their budget parameters. By leveraging HOSTING Managed Cloud Services, companies can control cloud sprawl via the following activities.
- Develop use case scenarios for effective, “real world” capacity planning
- Leverage performance metrics to assess and redeploy resources as necessary
- View networking usage, costs and performance trends in a single dashboard
- Analyze costs over time via actual and amortized reports
- Develop monthly and annual spend projection reports
- Create custom cost and utilization alerts
Is cloud sprawl keeping you – and your CFO – up at night? Read our blog post, Is Cloud Sprawl Ticking off Your IT Team? for tips on how to address cloud sprawl in your organization. You can also contact HOSTING anytime to schedule a comprehensive cloud assessment.