Do you want to enjoy the benefits of the Cloud, without having to face a staggering bill at the end of the month? Here are five tips to help you keep the Cloud cost-effective and enjoy its benefits.
As the owner of a business, it is important to keep yourself aware of the hidden costs associated with the Cloud and the steps you can take to bring those costs down. Have you felt that the cost you paid for at the beginning, has added up two or three times more than its worth? Here is how you can pay the right price for the services you receive, without have to spend more.
- Do not opt for standalones
Cloud services come along in different shapes and sizes, of which you can find standalones that contribute to the increase in cost. When hunting for a service provider, choose one that offers a suite of products that function together. This will be less expensive than a group of standalone products. Ask the service provider to give you a single point of contact who can effectively resolve issues within a fast turnaround time.
- Experience counts
If you must integrate a standalone Cloud service into your system, ensure that you hire only an experienced integration consultant who can quickly finish the work, thus making it less expensive. You must keep in mind that mishaps with integration can cause downtime, which in turn can drain a lot of your money.
- Backups are critical
You must keep in mind that performing endless backups can waste cloud storage space. This is why it is integral to examine your Cloud storage data by asking a few questions to a service provider. Check if the storing more versions of data will cost you more. Find out how long data will be stored and accessible (30 days or three years). Will storing it for longer cost more? Finally you will need to ask yourself if you need to access the backup immediately or later. If it can wait, you could archive the data to a less expensive service or offline at your service provider’s data center.
- Remove excess users
Cloud service providers can charge you by the number of users in your system. If you neglect to manage the list of users, you could end up paying for people who have stopped working for you. To save on cost, remove users when they are terminated and schedule a regular audit. Make sure you do this every six months so that your Cloud user list is always up-to-date.
- Proactively monitor your account
Check with your Cloud service provider if they can monitor your account to inform you of potential issues before a problem is caused. This is especially true if you use a pay-as-you-go license that will charge you based on storage.
Using the Cloud is vital to your enterprise’s success, so is knowing how to prevent the Cloud from generating a staggering bill at the end of the month. Do you want to enjoy all the benefits of the Cloud, while outsourcing? Contact us at Outsource2india. We will be happy to assist you. We can keep your enterprise running efficiently at a low cost.
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