Hybrid Cloud Cost Optimization: The Challenge and the Solution

October 25 2015 | by Yoav Mor

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Over the past decade, cloud computing has transformed from a mysterious, risky concept into the norm for business implementation. Today, companies rely heavily on cloud computing technology to run and host entire departments.

Part of this “invisible revolution” is the increasing popularity of the hybrid cloud, an integrated solution that incorporates functions from both public and private clouds, offering a premier, all encompassing advantage over the two individual environments. Peer 1 Hosting conducted a recent survey that tracked the growth of hybrid cloud adoption throughout the world, indicating that earlier prediction models had vastly underestimated the pace at which hybrid cloud use would spread. The study suggests that the top drivers are cutting IT costs, and improving processes and operational efficiency. But with all this in mind, are global corporations ready to fully utilize hybrid cloud deployment and maximize their cloud ROI?

The Challenge: Unified Cloud Cost Optimization

There is currently a need for an agreed upon platform for overall cloud cost optimization. However, a unified cost model for hybrid clouds is still missing due to the fact that public clouds are modeled so that costs are based on actual usage, whereas private cloud cost models are constructed individually—the owner (enterprise IT) purchases and maintains the hardware. The challenge is to model on-premises data centers’ TCO in a similar manner to that of the public cloud. This entails taking all of the different public cloud cost models into account, then deriving “on-demand” price rates for different flavors of resources and services, which can then be multiplied by usage rates. The ability to create a unified pricing model across the two environments facilitates simple and reliable internal enterprise showback or chargeback processes, which have become rather complex processes when it comes to hybrid cloud configuration.

The ability to view complete cloud deployments from a single interface will allow enterprise IT to analyze the cost benefits of porting workloads or resources from private to public clouds and vice versa. This will enable IT organizations to continuously optimize their hybrid cloud resource utilization levels, which will create constant efficiencies. In addition, proper and adaptive resource mapping between the two environments will allow organizations to balance between the need for performance and optimized costs, generating qualified recommended actions within both private and public clouds.

Cloudyn’s Hybrid Cloud Management

The solution to the challenge described above is not simple, but rather one that involves modeling the cost of the private cloud as a whole, as well as accounting for all of the information mentioned above. At Cloudyn, we have extended our public cloud cost and performance optimization capabilities to support the hybrid cloud use case. I welcome you to learn more about our hybrid solution below.

Holistic Management for Multiple Enterprise Clouds

Smart, Managed and Efficient Cloud Growth

Running your organization’s business processes, applications and products in the cloud offers extraordinary agility, with virtually unlimited capacity available when you need it. The abundance of resources in the cloud and the ease with which they can be provisioned should not, however, lead to uncontrolled, unmanaged growth that is not proportional to the development of your business, resulting in under/overutilization and inflated costs.

Cloudyn is there for you as you develop your business, monitoring your hybrid cloud usage and costs, aligning its growth to your business growth and ensuring you have the most efficient deployment, in both performance and costs.

Hybrid Cloud Management from a Single Interface
Managing cloud usage, costs and performance should be a single task, regardless of the number or characteristics of the clouds involved. The metrics are the same (hours, dollars, GBs, percentage of utilization, etc.). The practices are the same (cost modeling, chargeback/ showback, optimization, etc.). And the users are the same (DevOps, developers, IT managers, etc.).

Cloudyn provides a holistic framework for managing all of your public and private cloud assets and services. It helps you build a cost model for your private cloud, so that you can measure usage, cost and performance just as you would in the public cloud.

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Hybrid Cloud Porting Analysis
Porting applications is one of the cornerstones of cloud computing, particularly with the hybrid cloud. Workloads are consistently ported between different public clouds and between public and private environments. Cloudyn’s porting recommendations provide the optimal mix of clouds, based on performance and costs, while accounting for the limited resources available in private clouds.

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Hybrid Cloud Optimization
Performance and cost optimization are even more critical practices with private clouds, due to the fact that resources are limited and scalability may require heavy CapEx investments. Cloudyn understands this, and protects your private cloud investment by continuously monitoring your deployment and looking for performance inefficiencies. This helps you save on operational costs, allows you to maximally utilize private cloud CapEx investments, and intelligently assess your scalability needs.

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