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Historically, IT managers and leaders have relied on tools like TCO, or “Total Cost of Ownership,” to analyze and stack rank various projects and IT priorities. This approach works well when the types of application services being delivered aren’t changing much; it’s simply a cost comparison. Rackspace, like many service providers, has a TCO tool and associated Advisory Services (see the TCO white paper as well) that does a great job of providing a thorough analysis for mostly static environments where outsourcing, hosting and/or managed colocation are excellent first steps for organizations beginning their IT cloud transformation journeys and/or for specific legacy workloads not suitable for re-architecting due to cost or risk reasons.
UPDATED 04/23/2014: Join us at 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday, April 30 for a Rackspace Private Cloud (RPC) and Cloud Cruiser co-hosted presentation “Managing IT Spend in your Enterprise Private Cloud.” Our presenters will bring clarity to the cost planning associated with an RPC environment and to help enterprises plan for growth. Hosts Dan Choquette, Director of Solutions Engineering at Rackspace, and Nick van der Zweep, Vice President of Strategy at Cloud Cruiser, will take us through the use cases of using Cloud Cruiser in an RPC environment, the advantages of using the services together, and a demo of the Cloud Cruiser services. Register today: http://pages.cloudcruiser.com/CC-Rackspacewebinar_ManagingITSpendinyourEnterprisePrivateCloud.html
The cloud is a utility service and, similar to a utility like electricity, you pay for it based on your hourly usage. The major advantage of the cloud’s utility pricing is that costs scale up and down along with your configuration, allowing you to plan for the traffic of your visitors without waste or excess. But rather than talking directly about dollars and cents, let’s use an analogy of hosting a dinner party to understand the power of utility pricing.
When you’re working in your cloud app, the cloud enables you to easily spin up and down different servers and services with a click of a button. The drawback to this model, however, is that cost can be difficult to track. It’s easy to forget to shut down an instance, or a bug in app code could spin instances up without ever taking them down. Monitoring your costs is the third metric that developers should monitor, and Rackspace Cloud Tools partner Cloudability is a third-party tool that can be a big help.
As a developer who has worked both at a startup and for Rackspace, I know the importance of monitoring. The worst thing is finding out that your app is down from a tweet or email from your end user. In addition to the performance of the app, it is also helpful to know the cost that you are incurring. While the pay-as-you-go utility pricing of the cloud has enabled many entrepreneurs to get their app up and running, forgetting to spin down servers that you put online for a short burst of time can end up biting you. That is why it is important to monitor these three things: physical infrastructure, application health and spend.
CloudU Notebooks is a weekly blog series that explores topics from the CloudU certificate program in bite sized chunks, written by me, Ben Kepes, curator of CloudU. How-tos, interviews with industry giants and the occasional opinion piece are what you can expect to find. If that’s your cup of tea, you can subscribe here.
CloudU Notebooks is a weekly blog series that explores topics from the CloudU certificate program in bite sized chunks, written by me, Ben Kepes, curator of CloudU. How-tos, interviews with industry giants and the occasional opinion piece are what you can expect to find. If that’s your cup of tea, you can subscribe here.
CloudU Notebooks is a weekly blog series that explores topics from the CloudU certificate program in bite sized chunks, written by me, Ben Kepes, curator of CloudU. How-tos, interviews with industry giants and the occasional opinion piece are what you can expect to find. If that’s your cup of tea, you can subscribe here.
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