Firstly, to clarify the definition of what we’re asking, Cloud Optimisation is: the ongoing process of improving your cloud workloads to make optimal use of cloud products and services to deliver secure, best value for money efficiencies from your cloud investment
So, why should you do this?
1) To ensure each of your cloud assets is visible, managed and accounted for
Optimisation means knowing where your cloud assets are, what their purpose is, when they are running and who’s accountable for paying for it.
2) To ensure you are using the most reliable and up to date cloud services
There were over 1900 AWS products released last year – keeping up-to-date with the suitability for your architecture and future roadmap can be a time-consuming job. Working with a partner who reviews and stays abreast of the latest developments is far easier – especially if that partner is all about collaborating to help drive your applications in line with your business goals.
3) To ensure you are running cost effectively
Managing your cloud assets and taking advantage of the newest pricing models and discounts can also be a time-consuming activity – some call it FinOps, but whatever the name, specialist partners like KCOM can help you realise virtually zero risk advantages for very little effort.
4) To ensure your organisation is aligned to operating in the cloud
It’s important to recognise that operating in the cloud needs to be different – it isn’t just a change to where your hardware is hosted. The increased agility and flexibility the cloud brings unlocks the potential to work in a vastly more dynamic way – and organisations are often playing catch-up. To harness the power of the cloud, you should consider adopting appropriate and agile ways of working – invest in a Cloud Centre of Excellence and DevOps culture, or work with a Cloud management company to guide you on best practice governance, working methods and appropriate architecture to help achieve your business goals.
5) To reduce spend and risk
You also need to be aware that IT teams now have the power to spend your IT budget like never before – Finance Directors need to have a steer on how to operate efficiently to maintain control of cloud spend. Management tooling provided by CloudHealth provides insight to this spend and, when coupled with an optimisation service, can lead to some incredible cost savings. Optimisation isn’t just about saving money, it’s about making the best use of the cloud to minimise operational and security risks – workloads in the cloud are actually more secure than those in data centres.
6) To ensure your Digital Transformation succeeds (ok this is a 6th reason but it’s important so you can have it for free!)
Migrating a workload to the cloud is not a destination you reach, rather it is and ongoing journey, continually working to seek improvements and efficiencies. In order to be successful in your Digital Transformation strategy, you need to recognise that there are a number of operational and organisational differences that need to become the new culture within your organisation. Only then can you harness the potential that cloud brings. The KCOM Cloud Team have built and refined a robust approach to managing and optimising cloud hosted services and are ideally placed to help out a diverse set of customers with their business challenges.