Public cloud environments like AWS, Azure, Google, and Microsoft are cost-effective for IT infrastructure. This doesn’t happen each time because of the continually increasing complexity in what the cloud offers to its users. Due to a lack of knowledge and visibility about the cloud environments, most organizations fail to deal with the cost and unknowingly overfill money into public clouds. This is one kind of error that makes it difficult to be controlled or fixed.
Not having Command on Detailed Application Workload Patterns
Not all workloads need to be designed despite which public cloud you’ve been hosted with. You meet the error when you go deeper into cloud instance selection. For selecting the cloud instance, you have to be well-informed about the reason for the workload, along with the use pattern.
The system of a batch of workload is different from the usual application. In apps, constant varying from peaks to valleys occur. While in a public cloud, the workload does its work at least once at the end of each day. To understand the workload pattern between the days and its variation over a business cycle, you have to select the right cloud instance and resources.
Inability to Meet Benchmarks to Normalize Inter-Platform Data
‘Like for Like’ is a common approach to deal with resource allocation when migrating from one cloud environment to another. There is a dire need to use targets to standardize the workload information. It gives a clearer idea of how the workload will perform in the new environment. This way, you can expect more enhanced performance on the new platform, which has better hardware than the previous one. In simple words, we can say that normalizing the data is the only way to make an apple to apple comparison.
Focusing too much on the sizing
Now, while sizing is an important issue to consider, it shouldn’t be the only focus. When you migrate to an environment that is running on more advanced and powerful hardware, you can reduce costs by modernizing workloads as well. Compared to the savings delivered by right-sized instances on the public cloud, modernizing can add 20% more value.
Modernizing requires a proper understanding of the workload, catalogs, and cost, along with the ability to normalize the data. It all adds up to performance optimization. The analysis of all of these aspects should be an ongoing process, especially for apps that are regularly updated.
The Bump-Up Loop
One of the major culprits behind overspending or over-provisioning is the infamous bump-up loop. Specific workloads will use as many resources as they are provided. When more resources are provisioned, those apps will take more of it, and they would do it for short cycles. This is the bump-up loop, and it can hog resources and multiply the spending.
Unmanaged Zombie Cloud Instances
Zombie instances occur when the short-term instance is deployed but not shut down. A single zombie instance may not cause much harm, but a pile of them can send the cost skyrocketing. A reasonable approach to avoid such waste is to keep an eye on the workload pattern across a certain period, i.e., a monthly or weekly cycle. Tools that are unable to provide long-term visibility into the workload are usually incapable of identifying zombie instances.
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