I’m sure you’ve heard by now that running your business from the cloud can be a cost-effective boost for your company. Statistics show that 82% of companies reported saving some amount of money after converting their business. The amount of savings depended on several factors, including the size of the company and their userbase. Only 35% of companies reported the savings being relatively low – around $20,000. Why is it that some companies are able to reap the monetary benefits of cloud technology while others see very little change?

Believe it or not, part of the problem lies with the consumer’s poor habits and lack of capacity planning on behalf of the company. The latter part of the issue stems from companies being unsure as to the appropriate amount of resources that are needed at various times. This leads to an overallocation of resources when they are not necessary and improper utilization of application scaling. Using simple cost analysis tools and monitoring services can help pinpoint when over-utilization occurs so that you can adjust accordingly. The second, and often overlooked part of the problem, comes from client instances that were left static and running for multiple days at a time. Instead of turning off unused instances and saving on data usage, the company is charged for the additional instances.

Aside from monitoring capacity and turning off unused instances, there are a few simple solutions to counteract the bad habits that may be sapping money every month:

  • Configure load balancing and auto-scaling to turn off instances quickly
  • Optimize packet flows from the cloud to the data center
  • Leverage caching between applications layers

Bad habits are hard to break, but if you’re contentious about your company’s practices, you’ll be able to run your business more efficiently and save money in the long run.