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June 2018, Vol. 1, No. 2

Avoid runaway costs to keep a cloud budget in check

So you made the decision to move to the cloud. You reviewed all the material and figured out what you needed. Then, a few months in, you see your operational costs growing at a rapid pace. You're blowing past your monthly cloud budget, and you see no end in sight. You can't go back, but you also can't afford what is coming next. If only you could rewind a few months and figure out where it all went wrong. Time machines are not real, but, unfortunately, stories like this are. Businesses face runaway cloud costs in large part because they are simply not ready for how the environment works. It's easy to say, "Well, you should be better prepared for the cloud." But what exactly does that mean? Moving to the cloud isn't just about what the technology can offer you. With all the features, scale and disaster recovery capabilities, we can lose sight of what it is we really need. Cloud computing can provide a lot, but none of it is free. Everything an organization needs in a cloud, from an IP address to just a little bit more storage, ...

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