Calculating the Cost of Cloud Ownership

Mar 15, 2018 5:21:48 PM / by Laura Shumaker

Which cloud is right for me and what will it cost?

Cloud computing has become more than a significant trend. It is the new normal and for good reason. The many benefits offered by the cloud have made it an irresistible choice for businesses. 


Azure vs AWS top choices

Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s AWS cloud platforms are the top choices when it comes to enterprise-level IaaS.  According to Right Scale's 2018 State of the Cloud Survey of the latest cloud computing trends, AWS continues to lead in public cloud adoption. But Azure continues to grow quickly, reducing AWS’s lead, especially among enterprises. But what is the cost of cloud ownership?

Good news? Cloud prices falling

Prices continue to fall for cloud providers. The not so good news is that it can still be a complicated process to figure out the true costs.  Fortunately, the recent AWS shift from hourly pricing to by-the-second pricing for its EC2 and EBS services puts them in line with Azure. While costs are roughly comparable between the two, making a clear comparison can still be tough. One unit of computing power on AWS, for example, might not equal one unit on Azure.

Calculating costs

While both providers offer calculators that helps estimate costs based on your needs, you have to know what you want and how you want to use the services. Fortunately, there are IT services platforms that go beyond these calculators to help businesses predict cloud costs:

BitTitan for Azure

A global leader in managed services automation, BitTitan has partnered with Cloudamize, a leader in cloud-computing analytics, to provide HealthCheck for Azure. HealthCheck for Azure is a network assessment and migration planning tool that measures the readiness of your network infrastructure for migration to Azure, and also provides migration planning tools. HealthCheck for Azure observes network traffic for a two-week period, assembles the data it collects, and then provides an assessment report. The report details a summary of the network infrastructure and traffic, including both physical and virtual network components.

The Assessment report provides total cost of ownership (TCO) estimates on four items:

  • Compute: The cost for the CPU and RAM mappings.
  • Storage: The cost for physical storage, as well as for observed IOPS requirements.
  • Network: The cost for total network usage. Note that "total" usage includes both internal data center traffic as well as data served to the web.
  • Total: The sum of all costs.

The report provides a chart that compares three pricing plans reflecting three approaches to hardware mapping:

  • Hardware Mapping Pay-as-you-go Pricing Plan. This is the most expensive of the plans, as it does not try to find overprovisioned servers to map to more appropriate servers, and it uses pay-as-you-go pricing.
  • Workload Mapping Pay-as-you-go Pricing Plan. The customer should see significant savings here, as many in-house systems are overprovisioned and can be mapped to smaller, more appropriate instances.  It usespay-as-you-go 
  • Workload Mapping Pre-Pay 12 months. This option combines the savings of workload mapping, with a pre-pay discount offered by Microsoft Azure.

BitTitan.pngCloudamize for Azure vs. AWS vs. Google Cloud

If you are shopping for the best possible cloud platform for the lowest possible cost, Cloudamize can also help you compare precise TCO calculations across Azure, AWS and Google Cloud to identify your best cloud option. Like HealthCheck for Azure, Cloudamize Assess measures your existing physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructure to understand your current application workloads and their performance profiles, so you can accurately identify your optimal cloud configuration and pricing plan.

In addition to predicating precise TCO, the Cloudamize Assess tool optimizes your Cloud environment with:

  • Workload Mapping: Right-size instances based on data analysis to identify the best cloud configuration for optimal performance at the lowest possible cost.
  • Planning and Forecasting: Run "what if" scenarios by changing regions, pricing plans, instance types, and more, so you can right-size your infrastructure based on your performance target.
  • Pricing Plans: Find additional cost savings by determining the ideal pricing packages based on your usage profile.
  • Projection Analysis: View a projected performance analysis that shows your current performance vs. your performance with your recommended cloud configuration.Cloudamize.png

Like HealthCheck, Cloudamize also provides migration planning tools.

Let Menlo Technologies take care of you

We’ll help you sort through these cloud assessment tools so that you can choose cloud platform that make the most sense for your business.

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Read Amazon AWS vs. Microsoft Azure in 2018: a quick cloud comparison


Topics: AWS, Cloud, Azure, Cloud Cost

Laura Shumaker

Written by Laura Shumaker

Laura Shumaker is on the marketing team of Menlo Technologies. She's been writing about health and tech for over 10 years.


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