Real-World Cloud Computing
Five Areas to Consider When Estimating Cloud Costs
The challenges of using multiple clouds
By: Toddy Mladenov
Jun. 18, 2014 10:27 AM
At the Prepare for Multi-Cloud Future panel yesterday the guys from Equinix, Redapt, RightScale and Datapipe offered great insights about the challenges of using multiple clouds. One of those is of course estimating the cost of running your application in the cloud or in multiple clouds. With that in mind I wanted to elaborate a bit more on what should you think about when doing the estimate.
Quite often you will see IT or business teams estimate the cloud costs only based on the compute power and storage that they need. One quite often overlooked component of the cloud cost is the traffic (inbound and outbound) that can become significant charge depending on your application and its architecture.
Here is the list of things you will need to consider when estimating the cloud costs for your application:
In majority of the cases you will not be able to properly estimate the costs the first time you do it. It is good to keep a check list as well as your historical costs because this can help you estimate the growth or use for other applications. RightScale's Plan For Cloud tool can be very helpful to get you started.
Latest Cloud Developer Stories
Subscribe to the World's Most Powerful Newsletters
Subscribe to Our Rss Feeds & Get Your SYS-CON News Live!
SYS-CON Featured Whitepapers
Most Read This Week