No More Counting Clouds At Night: Sleep Sound With Confidence Only Cost Transparency Can Bring

July 12, 2012 by Diana Nolting

Many cloud service providers will present their cost management strategy, but at the end of the day, you’re left crossing your fingers that your money is being used correctly and to its fullest advantage.

Why put up with that philosophy in enterprise IT when you don’t put up with it in real life?

Let’s say you move to a new city and you aren’t familiar with much of the neighborhood in which you now live.  Your car needs an oil change, though, so you’ve narrowed it down to two local mechanic shops, both on your block.

Over the span of six months, you’ve tried each shop once and now you want to compare the two before deciding which to become a regular customer of.  The people were friendly and helpful at each, the car ran great after getting the oil changed at each and location and other factors are all equal.  Price is even the same at both.  

But, let’s take a closer look at each receipt.  

Here’s the receipt from Shop #1:

Here's the receipt from Shop #2:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which are you more likely to become a regular customer of?

If you value your money, you’ll frequent Shop #2 from now on because they give you the confidence in knowing exactly what you’re paying for.  There’s total transparency in the bill and you don’t have to wonder what the mark-up was or how they came to the final price.

Why should it be any different when managing your IT costs? Don’t take the word of another cloud services provider when they say what you should pay and tell you what kind of resources you get in return.

With Bluelock Portfolio, you will not only get total access to a breakdown of your resources used, costs and predictions for budget use in the future, but Bluelock also allows to use that information immediately and adjust your resources proactively.  

This not only allows you to watch your budget being spent at any time, but it also allows you to adjust compute, memory, storage and bandwidth on your individual applications so your overall budget resources aren’t underutilized or overprovisioned.  

Bluelock Portfolio breaks down cost so you can answer any question that is asked about where your IT budget is going in the cloud.  And answers provide piece of mind for you, and for your bosses, so you can sleep at night.

To read more about Managing Cost in the Cloud, and how Portfolio can help you track your spending and get the most from your dollars, click here.

This is part four in a series of four about managing your costs in the cloud.  To read the previous installments, choose from the following topics.

Week 1: Entering the Cloud: There Are No Stupid Questions
Week 2: Whose Bill Is This? Managing Costs Between IT and Business Units  
Week 3: Size Matters: Getting the Biggest ROI With Your Cloud Strategy
 

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