Size Matters: Getting the biggest ROI with your cloud strategy

July 2, 2012 by Diana Nolting

No cloud strategy is one size fits all.

Disaster recovery workloads, growing applications and decaying applications all have individual needs and quirks to be addressed.  When you try to budget your anticipated cloud costs, you need to factor in the uniqueness of each application.  There is no magic equation where each application uses the same formula to determine cost.

Let’s take a look at disaster recovery workloads.  There are not many resources working under normal conditions and have few users “living” in the environment, so they tend to use very little compute and memory resources. They tend to use more storage, however, because they are replicating a copy of the data into the cloud.  SaaS and production applications use more CPU and RAM, due to the influence of users working in the environment.

Bluelock’s VMware vCloud® Datacenter service, Bluelock Virtual Datacenters (VDCs) promote flexibility in resource allocation, which allows you to gain more value for your dollar when you run multiple workloads in the cloud. 

Let’s say you have four projects running in your Bluelock VDCs.  Project one is a disaster recovery workload.  Project two is an application with unknown potential.  Project three is a decaying application and project four is an application you expect to expand rapidly.

You might think this is a nightmare scenario to try and project your cloud budget with four very different applications, but in fact, you can leverage the peaks and valleys of each workload in your Bluelock Virtual Datacenters to make this the most ideal scenario for ROI.  Fully maximize your dollar spend by moving resources when they are underutilized by one application to an application whose growth requires more resources. 

How is this leverage between applications possible? Bluelock’s trademark and unmatched Portfolio™ tool allows you to see exactly which application is using which amount of resources, and then re-allocate underutilized resources to growing applications.  Your disaster recovery workload won’t need much compute or memory, so move that to your latest and greatest project that is about to expand at a rapid rate. 

By allowing you to move the puzzle pieces (resources) in your own VDCs, you have total control of the full picture.  With properly managed and allocated IT resources, you won’t have to pay for burst on an application that’s doing better for expected while another application is underperforming or decaying.  Move the pieces to where they are needed most, with just the click of a button. 

Find out more strategies for managing your IT costs and gaining the biggest return on investment for your cloud dollars when you download Bluelock’s, “Managing Cost in the Cloud” whitepaper.  Click to download.

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

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