What is Cloud Waste and How Can You Prevent It?

What is Cloud Waste and How Can You Prevent It?

Cloud computing offers businesses an economical way to obtain the software and services they need. Yet, there comes a point when having too much of a good thing becomes wasteful, no matter how affordable the service may be. If a business owner isn’t careful about how they utilize the cloud, then they can unknowingly find themselves experiencing “cloud waste.”


Simply put, cloud waste occurs when more cloud resources are consumed than what your business actually needs. Business 2 Community provides a helpful list of various ways that cloud waste can manifest itself:

  • Instances or VMs which are left running, chewing up $/CPU-Hr costs and network charges
  • Orphaned volumes (volumes not attached to any servers), which are not being used and are incurring monthly $/GB charges
  • Old snapshots of those or other volumes
  • Old, out-of-date machine images

Any kind of waste is tragic due to it being preventable and cloud waste is no different. The tragedy of cloud waste is that it hurts bottom lines. For businesses, the waste erodes their return on assets, return on equity, and net revenue.

Additionally, cloud waste hurts the bottom lines of cloud providers, seeing as they are more profitable when they can oversubscribe their data centers. Consequently, when cloud providers can’t oversubscribe, they’re forced to build more data centers than they need to--a very expensive endeavor. On the surface, this fact may seem inconsequential to consumers. However, like any profit-minded business, a cloud provider will charge enough for their services to cover their expenses and still be profitable, which means users will inevitably be charged extra to cover the expense of a cloud provider’s waste.

Preventing cloud waste can be achieved with proper oversight and planning whenever your company’s cloud services are implemented. In order to spot cloud waste in your company’s cloud solutions, this may mean taking a fresh look at your cloud setup. More likely than not, this will require an outside perspective, like consulting with IT professionals. White Mountain IT Services can do this for you and determine if there’s any waste or not, as well as suggest changes that will remedy the waste and improve operational efficiency. Call us at 603-889-0800 to learn more.

Related Articles

  • For the Average SMB, a Cost Savings of 36% Makes Cloud Migra... For business owners looking to streamline operations and get the most out of their technology, a new survey by TSO Logic analyzed 10,000 customer physical servers and 25,000 virtual machines and concluded that 45 percent of existing VMs would run more efficiently in the cloud. A finding like this sh...
  • The Top 4 Reasons to Adopt Cloud Computing The cloud has seen explosive use of its services and solutions since it was first introduced, and for good reason--it offers benefits that are too useful for a business to pass up. These benefits vary, but all serve a singular purpose: to make the user’s experience easier. Here are some of the ways ...
  • Follow These 3 Rules for a Problem-Free Cloud Migration So, you’re convinced that cloud computing is the new way to go for your company. That’s great, and it’s an easy choice to make, seeing as the cloud affords organizations benefits such as increased productivity, improved collaboration, anytime/anywhere access, and much more. Now that you’ve decided t...
  • Time for a Server Refresh? Consider Virtualization Hardware refreshes are often a time of great turmoil for businesses, particularly because of the cost of new servers and the time it takes to migrate data from one location to another. Thankfully, with the advent of virtualized servers, businesses have a viable alternative to the outright purchase o...
  • How Outsourced IT Frees Up Time and Gives You Peace of Mind Running a business is hard. As a business owner, you know this better than anyone else. You have to juggle your assets, manage your workforce, and schedule out tasks to those who are most qualified. Yet, there will likely come a time when a task comes along that nobody within your business is qualif...
  • 3 Ways the Cloud Gets Better in 2016 Cloud services are growing more common to the world of small and medium-sized businesses, to the point where almost all businesses take advantage of the cloud in some way, shape, or form. However, a business’s specific cloud needs vary, and the same solution doesn’t work for everyone. Still, there a...
Before we dive into this week’s tip, it has to be said: if you have a choice, you should probably avoid using a public computer. As a rule, these machines feature minimal security precautions, along with maximum risk to any data accessed by the PC. A...

- Security Education and Awareness -

FREE Cyber Security Toolkit includes Whitepapers, Tools and More!

 

603-889-0800

White Mountain IT Services
33 Main Street Suite 302
Nashua, New Hampshire 03064

 

cloud desktop2 Cloud Desktop Login

 

Open Positions