When it comes to migrating your workloads to the cloud, the related costs are the first thing that is put up for discussion. Cost is the driving factor that leads to organizations opting for a cloud in the first place. And a common mistake most companies/System Admin users make with regards to cost and cost estimation for locus are twofold:
Considering the current unpredictable circumstances, cloud services present themselves as the ideal solution. Although investing in cloud services is the best way to maintain a remote workforce, the costs involved can quickly spiral out of control if not kept in check. We’ll discuss some ways that can help you keep your cloud costs in control.
The first and foremost step in cloud migration is analyzing your current infrastructure expenditure and whether GCP cloud will be able to reduce it or not (in the short or long run; a 3 year TCO(Total Cost of Ownership) is the most common cost metric). In almost all cases, GCP services allow companies the benefits of greater flexibility at low costs. However, if left unchecked, these services can lead to unplanned cloud costs. The first stage calls for the organization to make a budget for cloud services and work accordingly. Google has an online pricing calculator to help you plan and budget.
Granular visibility into the cloud infrastructure allows you to monitor and ensure optimal performance, identify security indicators, and correct degradation. Cloud visibility ensures that you can forego unused or underutilized resources while monitoring threat identifications. Monitoring and logging services are available to identify malicious traffic by source and monitor traffic at every link of the network. Visibility also allows users to ensure every single resource of the company is optimized, thus eradicating any wastage, and saving on costs.
Once you are ready, plan for migration! Migration needs to be carefully planned and budgeted for! Whatever migration method you choose, there are costs to be incurred! From resources that the migration mechanism would consume to migrate ( yes, you need a cloud server alias Migrate for Compute Engine to run the migration loads!!)Network and VPN costs from your on premise and sometimes technical consulting fees to enable seamless migration. Whatever the case , plan for Migration and allow for testing, countercheck data authenticity and similarity with current setup migrating from before going live! We recommend doing at least 3 tests in this layers:
Next week, we shall run you through the “things to watch out” once you are live to avoid cost overruns and surprises! Good thing, these “shocks and surprises” happen a lot in the first 3-6 months as organizations stabilize into the cloud way!