Whether you have yet to migrate your organisational data to the Cloud or you have already done so but you’re not happy with the results, the suggestions in this article are sure to come in handy. We are going to look at ways in which you can keep control of your data storage costs in the Cloud and take full advantage of the potential for savings that it has to offer.
Staying in control of your cloud data storage costs
With practically unlimited space and associated services, the data storage provided by companies who offer cloud services in Australia is ideal for even the largest of organisations. In addition to unlimited resources, it also offers companies the ability to control their data storage costs more efficiently. Unfortunately, many organisations fail to take full advantage of this ability and consequently spend more on their cloud data storage and services than is strictly necessary. However, with our handy hints, you can take full control of your Cloud costs and realise the savings on offer.
- Don’t collect data that you don’t really need – This seems like an obvious suggestion but many organisations store data they are not required to store by law and that they have no real use for. Simply by taking a more discerning approach to data storage, you could lower your overall IT costs once you move to the Cloud.
- Choose the most appropriate storage option – Most cloud service providers offer a variety of different storage options: the higher the tier, the more comprehensive the solution, and the more expensive too. Unfortunately, many businesses and public sector organisations automatically choose the highest tier available, in the mistaken belief it will prove to be the best option. By taking a more practical approach, and choosing a tier that meets, rather than exceeds your needs, you can avoid falling into this particular trap.
- Delete duplicate data before migrating – All organisations keep backups of their data, to ensure they are able to recover quickly in the event of a major hardware failure or software issue.
- Choose your data storage location carefully – Whilst cloud storage costs are, for the most part, very reasonable, the cost of moving data to and from a cloud platform can soon mount up. With this in mind, we recommend choosing storage locations that are close to where the data is actually needed, to minimise transfer costs.
- Monitor usage constantly – To avoid the possibility of paying for storage that you don’t actually need, you should monitor your usage figures closely. In the event that you find you have spare capacity, you can change your package or move to a lower tier and make a significant saving. It is a failure to monitor data storage that leads many organisations to spend more than is necessary when moving to the Cloud.
Some of these measures may only result in small savings while others could help you to reduce your monthly running costs by a substantial amount. If you implement them all, the potential for overall cost reduction is considerable.
In summary, it is necessary to pay close attention to the type, location and size of your data storage facilities if you would like to avoid overspending once you have migrated your data and applications to a cloud platform.