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Cloud Cost Concerns Won’t Stop Adoption

By: Elizabeth Wallace

Cloud migration is seeing its biggest year yet, and most reports suggest it’s only becoming more important. However, while cloud investment dollars are a sign of interest, they don’t always signify complete operational control. And according to Anodot’s 2022 State of Cloud Costs survey, cloud cost visibility is in crisis. However, this doesn’t seem to be stopping the steady roll of adoption.

Cloud initially began as one way to control costs

New cloud solutions suggested an answer to complicated technology budgets. Adopting a cloud processing model allows companies to scale operations without investing in pricey on-premises equipment at each stage, for example. It also allows companies to share a public cloud to reduce processing costs. In addition, it allows companies to adapt more readily than traditional processing architectures.

A lack of consistency in pricing models has given companies some surprises, with many underestimating their costs each pricing period. This has led to growing pains in the cloud space as providers and companies learn this new environment. Companies are accidentally spending more than they planned without fully understanding where costs arise.

Cloud adoption is becoming more expensive

Although cloud budgets have increased, more decision makers are eyeing growing cloud costs as a potential threat to the bottom line. Cloud migration was touted as a remedy for high operational costs to begin with. Understandably, visibility into what costs will be is an obvious concern.

According to the survey, conducted over a two-week period in June and July, more than half of respondents stated that they had difficulty with visibility into their cloud usage and projected costs. This makes it particularly difficult to budget and plan. Complex cloud pricing and multi-cloud environments were also high on the list of challenges to controlling cloud costs.

This seems true across the board, regardless of company size and cloud budget. Whether companies are spending less than a million per year or many millions, it’s challenging to notice cost spikes before they happen and to understand where costs arise in implementation.

However, leaders don’t feel they can pull back from these cloud investments. A majority of respondents reported that migrating more workloads to the cloud would still be their top cloud initiative. As companies press on, leveraging cloud management tools could make budget planning and cost control more effective.

Cloud visibility is the determining factor in controlling cost

Most respondents pointed to a lack of visibility into cloud usage and associated costs as the reason they could not keep spiraling costs under control. It’s a challenge closely related to the next two concerns on the survey — cloud pricing complexity and multi-cloud strategy confusion. Companies won’t be able to reduce cloud spending until they can reduce or at least manage cloud complexity.

Even the rise of service providers in this exact space doesn’t give companies the full visibility they feel they need. FinOps can help companies manage complexity. However, most still want more control to feel comfortable deploying projects in the distributed cloud environment.

Continued on CloudDataInsights.com

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