in full swing this week and Microsoft’s cloud-centered Windows Server 2012
launching soon after, your options for technology to build and deploy enterprise clouds is about to expand significantly. Meanwhile, Amazon continues to drop prices
faster than your local Wal-Mart, introduce new cloud compute
and storage services
almost monthly, and has already gobbled up a trillion objects
in S3. Is it time to start moving your workloads to the cloud?
Forrsights surveys show that companies are indeed moving to the cloud, primarily for speed and lower costs — but are the savings really there? The answer might not be obvious. Are you heavily virtualised already? Have you moved up the virtualization value chain beyond server consolidation to using virtual machines for better disaster recovery, less downtime, automated configuration management, and the like? Do you have a virtual-first policy and actively share resources across business units? If you run a mature virtual environment today, your internal infrastructure costs might already be competitive with the cloud.
To understand whether and when the cloud makes sense, you need to start with an honest assessment of your current infrastructure costs. Then you have to understand how the cloud’s variable pay-per-use cost savings vary depending on whether or not your applications can take advantage of them. Armed with this baseline knowledge, you can make a fact-based comparison between what you pay now and what you can expect to pay for a particular mix of cloud compute and storage services.
We encourage both CIOs and I&O pros to not only read the report, but download the accompanying cost modeling spreadsheet tool. Learn why pay-per-use cloud services are indeed cheaper for most types of workloads. More important, learn how cost-efficient your existing IT operations are. Simplify and accelerate your cloud cost comparisons (which can be confusing and complex if you rely solely on cloud vendor TCO tools) with our straightforward and easily achievable process.
And please let us know what you discover. Andrew and I are eager to hear from Forrester customers who have downloaded the cost model and customised it for themselves. Are your virtual server ratios in line with our estimates? What’s your typical annual server cost? How do you allocate storage costs among business units? Has the model clarified your approach to cloud price comparisons?