Billing in a Multicloud World: The Great Challenge

By Lenildo Morais, Project Manager  |  March 14, 2019

Aligning excellence in controlling the costs of multiple clouds to excellence in delivery and application security will be essential. Companies of all sizes are already passing part of their workloads to a combination of platforms that can include players like AWS, Azure, Google (News - Alert), and VMWare. But the benefits of the flexibility of a multicloud environment go hand in hand with major challenges. One of the most critical is to equate the billing of resources and services distributed by countless public clouds. The tricky point is that, if left unattended, the costs associated with multicloud environment can quickly get out of control.

Cloud Cost Analyst

One option is to hire a “Cloud Cost Analyst.”  It will map spending on the various instances of the multicloud model, creating bridges between technical issues and accounting issues. The result of Cloud Cost Analyst’s work will be a picture of the company’s digital resource consumption pattern. Its great mission is simply to align technological excellence (that is, the delivery of digital services that really support the business) to excellence in cost control.

Cloud Billing Solutions

Another way can be the contracting of platforms specialized in the cost control of complex Multicloud environments. A kind of IT accounts payable, this type of system plunges into the digital universe of the company, identifying vendors, packages and services in its various modalities and monitoring, in real time, the way the company uses these resources. Cloud billing solutions are also capable of forecasting spending, which is essential to controlling an environment as fluid as multicloud.

Outsourced Billing Services

It is also possible to outsource intelligence on bloud billing. In this case, there are large digital service providers that already offer, as a complement to their cloud offering, billing services tailored to the reality and necessity of each user company. This market is also played by the leading business consultants in the market.

Application-based Management

There is also another way of adding visibility to multicloud and avoiding financial scares. Whoever uses application management, availability and security solutions will gain control over everything that concerns multicloud features. These solutions allow the manager to configure the cloud requirements of a given application only once. From there, this policy will automatically apply to all clouds.

You get to detail in deciding which application component to allocate in what type of cloud service, for how long, up to what limit of access. The fluidity between the various instances of the Multicloud environment will obey the logic of the mission critical application, the system that, if it does not work, knocks the company down.

There is also a range of solutions in this universe, including intelligent traffic management platforms, which, based on the demands of the application, can minimize expenses with the cloud. Within this logic, the use of the private cloud, obviously of lower cost, is prioritized. Then, depending on the service demands of the application, you will be hiring resources in public clouds. This intelligence enables the manager to know clearlythe costs of each cloud in support of mission-critical application and resource allocation according to this information.

Aligning Multicloud’s cost control excellence to excellence in delivery and application security will be essential to support business growth.

Edited by Erik Linask
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