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Keeping Track of Cloud Costs with Brokerages

Keeping Track of Cloud Costs with Brokerages

One of the major reasons that the cloud has found so much success is cost. That the cloud is cheaper than traditional infrastructure deployments because of its more efficient utilization of physical hardware is hard to contest, but lower costs over the lifetime of a deployment are less important than the way in which on-demand pricing allows companies to pay for what they use as they use it. The cloud is a more efficient way to pay for computing resources.

On-demand pricing allows companies to budget accurately, rather than relying on hazy prognostications and pull-a-number-out-of-the-air forecasts. However, the reality of cloud costing has frequently prevented the accurate budgeting the cloud theoretically enables, mainly because cloud platform pricing can be complex and dependent on multiple factors.

Cloud vendors are not dishonest about their pricing, but they do implement pricing models that are difficult to fully understand for non-experts — a lack of transparency which can lead to unpleasant surprises.

The Thing About Multi-Cloud Environments…

We’re strong advocates of multi-cloud environments: to fully exploit the potential business advantages of cloud platforms, it makes sense to build a federated cloud from components provided by different vendors. But multi-vendor clouds compound the pricing problem; it’s hard enough to keep track of costs on a single cloud platform like AWS. Accurately costing and budgeting on multiple cloud platforms is even more of a headache.

The Key to Decreased Confusion: Aggregation

ComputeNext considerably reduces the complexity of cloud pricing. We make budgeting and cost prediction transparent by providing a unified integration layer on top of cloud platforms. Cloud users can see the costs of their cloud deployments at a glance and because billing is part of the ComputeNext cloud marketplace–there’s only one point of payment. Multi-cloud environments are less complex to cost and manage than they would be if users had to track the arcane pricing schemes of multiple vendors.

More accurate costing is not simply a matter of convenience. It opens up the possibilities of bespoke federated cloud environments to companies that would have previously opted to stick with a single vendor to reduce complexity and increase predictability. That’s a valid choice, but it precludes many of the benefits of a fluid market in cloud storage and compute: being able to combine and change vendors is great in theory, but if it’s too complex in practice then the reality is no different from the vendor lock-in of old.

Cloud marketplaces help clients cut through the complexity of cloud pricing models and empowers them to create cloud environments that are specifically tailored to their individual needs.

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