Entering the Cloud: There Are No Stupid Questions

June 21, 2012 by Diana Nolting

You think you’re ready for it.

You’ve done your research, asked around and even attended a webinar or two.  You’re the knowledgeable one on the topic at your office; the person whose job it is to convince and convert everyone that now is the time to take on this new frontier of IT.

Much like a child on their first day of kindergarten, or a fresh-faced 18-year old on your first day of college classes, you think you’re ready. 

But, are you?

Despite your knowledge and confidence levels, you likely still have questions.  And, that’s okay – we encourage it.  Much like that kindergarten teacher or the freshman seminar TA, there are no stupid questions when you talk to us.  High-level, basic or intimate-detail-based question, we’re here to answer those for you as you get comfortable on your cloud journey.

Whether you’re just now entering the cloud or if you’ve been active with virtual datacenters for years, managing costs is the biggest gray area for enterprise companies.  It’s filled with question marks.  How much compute will my application need?  What should I do with my decaying application to save costs?  I don’t know how much RAM my new application will need, what if I guess too little?

Cost is the underlying fear of most of the questions asked.  Performance is proven, but cost is a varying factor that isn’t always predictable.

Think of the public cloud as a pool of digital computing resources.  You must make decisions based on how much CPU, RAM and storage is needed.  Your application will likely need bandwidth too.  No application is the same, so there is no “magic formula” to use when budgeting for cloud infrastructure.

That’s may sound like a curse when you’re trying to budget, but it’s actually a blessing.  Your needs were fluid on a tactile infrastructure, too, but you didn’t think about it because the purchase was solid and in front of your eyes.  With non-cloud based solutions, you can’t return the left corner of your server because you only need to use 44% of the available storage space in May, then re-buy that 66% in June when you suddenly need it.

With Bluelock’s public cloud infrastructure as a service, you can reallocate your resources to get the most use out of your funds.  Don’t need as much storage as you initially thought for your application?  Re-allocate some funds to memory, which you may have underestimated initially. 

The Bluelock difference is that, with good management, you won’t be paying overages for storage and paying for more memory than you used.  If you proactively manage your costs through our self-service tools and managed services, you can reallocate resources to wrench the most value out of every penny.

And, if you still have questions, let us know.  There are no stupid questions when you contact us.  We promise.

Read more tips, tricks and suggestions in the “Managing Cost in the Cloud” whitepaper.  Click to download.

This is part one in a series of four about managing your costs in the cloud. Check back each Thursday for the next installment.

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