Cloud budgets are straining, and the second biggest line item is storage. The toughest challenges to controlling these costs are poor visibility into cloud data and the complex, multiple factors involved in managing it. This contributes to over 80% of organizations missing out on available cost-saving options in the cloud.
Challenges of Cloud Data Management
Cloud administrators’ biggest challenges are poor visibility and the complexity of cloud data management. IT has no way of knowing even the basic unstructured data information to make better storage decisions:
- How fast is cloud data growing and who’s using it?
- How much is active hot data how much is less accessed cold data?
- How can you dig deeper to plan the best way to optimize cloud storage costs and minimize retrieval fees?
Cloud management administrators are responsible for a multi-factored billing headache:
- Cloud storage pricing can vary widely based on needs for storage, access, retrievals, API, transitions, initial transfer, and minimal storage-time fees
- Unexpected costs of moving data across different cloud storage providers or classes
Steps to Control Cloud Storage Costs
1. Gain Accurate Visibility Across Cloud Accounts into Actual Usage
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2. Forecast Savings and Plan Cloud Data Management Strategies
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3. Archive Data in Cloud Storage Based on Data Usage to Avoid Surprises
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4. Easier Cloud Migrations
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