Zara  Bryant

Zara Bryant


Evaluating Financial Considerations During Your Cloud Adoption Journey

Brian Blanchard and Daniel Feeney join Sarah Lean to discuss some of the financial considerations you should be thinking about when moving to the cloud; including how to build a business case, how to build accurate cost projections, and how to integrate cost optimization models.

✅ Resources:
🔘 Develop a cloud adoption strategy- Documentation
🔘 Cloud economics
🔘 Cloud Adoption Framework strategy & plan template

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 1:10 When you’re thinking about financial considerations, what are some of the business outcomes?
  • 2:19 Does moving to the cloud affect your financial considerations?
  • 3:04 What are some of the high-level financial considerations you should be thinking about when moving to the cloud?
  • 4:23 Let’s learn more details about the financial considerations.
  • 7:49 How can leverage financial considerations to build a business case for the cloud?
  • 10:01 How can we build accurate cost projections for on-premises and cloud environments?
  • 12:25 In what ways can customers integrate the new cost-optimization model in post-migration environments?
  • 14:28 Where can customers get started with financial considerations for the cloud adoption journey?

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Adaline  Kulas

Adaline Kulas


Multi-cloud Spending: 8 Tips To Lower Cost

A multi-cloud approach is nothing but leveraging two or more cloud platforms for meeting the various business requirements of an enterprise. The multi-cloud IT environment incorporates different clouds from multiple vendors and negates the dependence on a single public cloud service provider. Thus enterprises can choose specific services from multiple public clouds and reap the benefits of each.

Given its affordability and agility, most enterprises opt for a multi-cloud approach in cloud computing now. A 2018 survey on the public cloud services market points out that 81% of the respondents use services from two or more providers. Subsequently, the cloud computing services market has reported incredible growth in recent times. The worldwide public cloud services market is all set to reach $500 billion in the next four years, according to IDC.

By choosing multi-cloud solutions strategically, enterprises can optimize the benefits of cloud computing and aim for some key competitive advantages. They can avoid the lengthy and cumbersome processes involved in buying, installing and testing high-priced systems. The IaaS and PaaS solutions have become a windfall for the enterprise’s budget as it does not incur huge up-front capital expenditure.

However, cost optimization is still a challenge while facilitating a multi-cloud environment and a large number of enterprises end up overpaying with or without realizing it. The below-mentioned tips would help you ensure the money is spent wisely on cloud computing services.

  • Deactivate underused or unattached resources

Most organizations tend to get wrong with simple things which turn out to be the root cause for needless spending and resource wastage. The first step to cost optimization in your cloud strategy is to identify underutilized resources that you have been paying for.

Enterprises often continue to pay for resources that have been purchased earlier but are no longer useful. Identifying such unused and unattached resources and deactivating it on a regular basis brings you one step closer to cost optimization. If needed, you can deploy automated cloud management tools that are largely helpful in providing the analytics needed to optimize the cloud spending and cut costs on an ongoing basis.

  • Figure out idle instances

Another key cost optimization strategy is to identify the idle computing instances and consolidate them into fewer instances. An idle computing instance may require a CPU utilization level of 1-5%, but you may be billed by the service provider for 100% for the same instance.

Every enterprise will have such non-production instances that constitute unnecessary storage space and lead to overpaying. Re-evaluating your resource allocations regularly and removing unnecessary storage may help you save money significantly. Resource allocation is not only a matter of CPU and memory but also it is linked to the storage, network, and various other factors.

  • Deploy monitoring mechanisms

The key to efficient cost reduction in cloud computing technology lies in proactive monitoring. A comprehensive view of the cloud usage helps enterprises to monitor and minimize unnecessary spending. You can make use of various mechanisms for monitoring computing demand.

For instance, you can use a heatmap to understand the highs and lows in computing visually. This heat map indicates the start and stop times which in turn lead to reduced costs. You can also deploy automated tools that help organizations to schedule instances to start and stop. By following a heatmap, you can understand whether it is safe to shut down servers on holidays or weekends.

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Adaline  Kulas

Adaline Kulas


What are the benefits of cloud migration? Reasons you should migrate

The moving of applications, databases and other business elements from the local server to the cloud server called cloud migration. This article will deal with migration techniques, requirement and the benefits of cloud migration.

In simple terms, moving from local to the public cloud server is called cloud migration. Gartner says 17.5% revenue growth as promised in cloud migration and also has a forecast for 2022 as shown in the following image.

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Google Cloud: Caching Cloud Storage content with Cloud CDN

In this Lab, we will configure Cloud Content Delivery Network (Cloud CDN) for a Cloud Storage bucket and verify caching of an image. Cloud CDN uses Google’s globally distributed edge points of presence to cache HTTP(S) load-balanced content close to our users. Caching content at the edges of Google’s network provides faster delivery of content to our users while reducing serving costs.

For an up-to-date list of Google’s Cloud CDN cache sites, see

Task 1. Create and populate a Cloud Storage bucket

Cloud CDN content can originate from different types of backends:

  • Compute Engine virtual machine (VM) instance groups
  • Zonal network endpoint groups (NEGs)
  • Internet network endpoint groups (NEGs), for endpoints that are outside of Google Cloud (also known as custom origins)
  • Google Cloud Storage buckets

In this lab, we will configure a Cloud Storage bucket as the backend.

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Thurman  Mills

Thurman Mills


Efficiently manage your cloud operations using Cloud Adoption Framework

Brian Blanchard joins Sarah Lean to discuss how you can efficiently manage your cloud operations using the Cloud Adoption Framework.

In this posts, we will are see:

  • How are cloud operations different from traditional and familiar IT ops?

  • What is the CCoE, and how does it fit in?

  • Can you share a customer story about cloud operations?

  • Is there a set pattern for when a company wants to start cloud operations?

  • What are the business criteria to help define business commitments?

  • What is the actual goal of setting the operations baseline?

  • Can you tell us more about what the operations baseline looks like?

  • How do you handle workloads that require a higher SLA?

  • If you need to improve operations for every workload, what are the options for customers?

  • How would you improve platform-specific operations, like SQL?

  • In terms of the operations baseline, are there scenarios when you have to exceed the MVP?

  • Are there specialized workloads that require exceeding the extended baseline?

  • Where can our customers go to get started?

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Zakary  Goyette

Zakary Goyette


Multi-Cloud: Worst Practice or the Future of Public Cloud?

Corey Quinn, cloud economist at The Duckbill Group, recently argued that multi-cloud is “the worst practice to be avoided by default”. Not everyone agrees.

The author of the Last Week in AWS newsletter defines multi-cloud as running the same workload across multiple cloud providers in an agnostic way. He suggests that the approach is promoted by smaller cloud providers that cannot have a significant market share and third-party vendors that build tools for multiple cloud providers. The key issue of multi-cloud approaches is the lowest common denominator:

If you treat all of those environments as being the same thing, that means that every additional service that is any higher-order than those baseline primitive offerings is closed to you.

Multi-cloud can as well limit negotiating leverage for enterprises and he explains that the cost of managing multiple providers is often underestimated:

Before you go whole hog into a second cloud provider, first spin up an active-active environment across two regions in your current provider. With complete service and API compatibility between those regions, it should, by your theory, be a piece of cake. Come back and talk to me after you have done that, and we will see how “simple and straightforward” this really is.

Not everyone agrees with Corey Quinn’s analysis. According to the 2020 State of the Cloud Report published by Flexera, most companies embrace multi-cloud, with 93 percent of enterprises having a multi-cloud strategy.

Debanjan Saha, general manager of data analytics at Google Cloud, and Eyal Manor, vice president of engineering and product at Google Cloud, recently explained why a multi-cloud approach is the future:

We are seeing so many benefits in how people use information, with more to come, as multi-cloud computing moves from a better way to access data to a platform for using information better. All these multi-cloud capabilities are designed to offer customers flexibility and choice to run their applications in the most efficient manner (…) giving customers maximum access and decision-making power to their most valuable technology asset: their data.

They explain that the definition of multi-cloud itself is open to debate:

The term multi-cloud can mean different things to different users and customers. For some customers, multi-cloud refers to leveraging multiple public cloud technologies at once, others refer to it as using public cloud in parallel with traditional non-cloud systems, and still others mean using multiple public clouds simultaneously for different workloads.

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