Up to 45% of all cloud spend may be wasted, according to research from RightScale. Common reasons why businesses are spending more on their infrastructure than they need to include:
- buying capacity to handle peak loads, but leaving much of it sitting idle for most of the time
- being locked into contracts for obsolete hardware and services they no longer use
- not using the most cost-effective cloud solutions for their needs– which can be hard to figure out in the murky and complex world of cloud infrastructure pricing.
- employing additional support staff because their cloud provider doesn't supply tools and features that minimise the cost and effort involved in running that cloud infrastructure.
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) provides numerous ways to lower your cloud infrastructure costs and ensure you get maximum value from your IT budget:
- Pay only for the capacity you use. If an application doesn't have any load, then it shouldn't be consuming resources, and you shouldn't be paying for them. GCP offers per-minute pricing on many services, so you only pay for what you actually use.
- Get extra capacity in seconds. When loads increase, GCP can automatically spin up new servers – configured exactly the way you need them – in less time that it would take you to notice there's been a spike in traffic. When demand drops, they'll be closed down just as quickly. You no longer need to size and pay for infrastructure for peak loads.
- Spend less time managing and supporting production systems. With GCP, you can take advantage of "serverless" computing, a way of providing cloud-based infrastructure that hides the detail of the clusters and nodes running your applications. All you see are application-level constructs, while GCP takes care of everything about the underlying server infrastructure, from monitoring and logging to OS management, rolling out security patches, load balancing, and spinning up servers (and closing them down) to match your current load.
- Reduce the cost of storage while improving access and security, and simplifying archiving and disaster recovery. GCP offers a range of highly scalable cloud-based storage, archiving and search solutions for both structured and unstructured data. Users can access data from anywhere at any time, at speed, without worrying about where it's stored, and benefit from GCP's end-to-end security and business continuity measures.
- Run batch jobs and fault-tolerant workloads on the cheapest possible server infrastructure. For workloads that need a great deal of computing power in the short term, but don't need to be handled in real-time, GCP offers preemptible servers. Available at a lower cost than standard servers, they're allocated to you when you kick off a job, but can taken back if another user needs them. A controlled shutdown will save progress so far and automatically fire up the job again as soon as another server becomes available.
Helping you to eliminate wasteful spending on your cloud infrastructure and reduce your cloud infrastructure costs is just one of the many benefits of cloud computing that Google Cloud Platform can provide. Click here to find out more about Google Cloud Platform.