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Cloud Computing: 8 Hidden Costs

If you're not careful, hidden charges can make your next cloud bill significantly more expensive than you budgeted for.
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Over-Provisioning

Applications administrators tend to overestimate the demand for their latest and greatest enterprise applications. That's why over-provisioning is so common, and why you end up flooded with too many resources. Because cloud service providers make it so easy to max out a virtual server, that result becomes an inflated cost that creeps up stealthily. Sure, servers can be scaled back. But it's usually a slow process to figure out the right size. Until that happens, the company is paying for an over-inflated cloud.

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Over-Provisioning

Applications administrators tend to overestimate the demand for their latest and greatest enterprise applications. That's why over-provisioning is so common, and why you end up flooded with too many resources. Because cloud service providers make it so easy to max out a virtual server, that result becomes an inflated cost that creeps up stealthily. Sure, servers can be scaled back. But it's usually a slow process to figure out the right size. Until that happens, the company is paying for an over-inflated cloud.

(Image: Jsptoa via Pixabay)

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8/11/2015 | 11:05:49 AM
Over and under provisioning in cloud
Spot on that both over and under provisioning are problems. Whereas enterprise IT shops have long experience sizing their own, on-premises systems to support expected workloads, sizing in the cloud is still a new discipline. Though the elastic nature of cloud makes initial sizing a lower-stakes game than for on-prem, there can still be significant financial ramifications for under or over sizing.
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