Selecting the Cloud for the Biggest Return
Which cloud is right for you? Public, private, managed private, managed virtual private or hybrid?
Well, it depends.
There isn’t one cloud that meets the needs of every workload. Cloud offerings vary in a long list of ways. Selecting the right (or wrong) variation can dramatically impact your costs – and your return on investment (ROI).
It can help to think about the cloud as you would your home. Should you rent or buy? Get a suburban house or a big-city apartment? The answer depends, right? Same with the cloud. Matching your cloud “housing” to your workload needs will result in the most cost-effective solution for your business, technology requirements and budgetary constraints.
Before you decide which cloud is right for you, take time to examine two important factors, the most common drivers of cloud-based savings:
- How efficiently do you currently use your IT assets and capacity?
- What is your average capacity utilization?
The cloud can save you money by offering capacity at a lower cost. That’s why it’s so important to know your average capacity utilization. The lower your virtualization rate or average capacity utilization, the higher the ROI you can expect by moving to the cloud.
And with the cloud, you can much more easily match demand with actual capacity — and pay only for what you actually use. If you expect a project to grow, additional servers can be switched on, literally in a matter of hours. And if that project doesn’t grow as expected, then those same servers can be switched off just as quickly, saving you major costs.
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