How to Effectively Reduce Cloud DevOps Costs Without Affecting Performance

With increasing customer demand and a rapidly changing tech landscape, organizations have to ensure their IT infrastructure is able to keep up to avoid lagging behind competitors.

Developing and delivering regular software improvements while keeping costs manageable is the ultimate goal for enterprises, which explains the rising popularity of the DevOps culture in organizations.

DevOps aims to speed up the delivery of software by streamlining how IT teams work. This practice also extends to the maintenance and deployment side of things, allowing organizations to efficiently roll out software updates.

In 2018, 17% of enterprises adopted DevOps and the adoption rate is expected to increase in the coming years as more organizations realize its benefits.

DevOps adoption statistics in organizations (image source)

Why is DevOps and the cloud so closely related?

DevOps is all about making the process of software development efficient. This includes implementing features based on user feedback as quickly as possible to improve customer satisfaction, which cloud computing can help with.

The advantages of cloud computing intertwine with the principle of DevOps, hence the close ties between the two. Cloud servers allow organizations to deploy and quickly make changes to their IT architecture thanks to the high availability and scalability of cloud assets. Acquiring more resources to accommodate software changes is only a matter of changing several lines of code while organizations only pay as much as they’re using.

Unfortunately, since both areas are relatively new, enterprises are prone to making mistakes that unnecessarily waste their cloud spend as well as negatively affecting performance.

What are the problems affecting DevOps in cloud computing?

A common problem in organizations is cloud sprawl. Cloud sprawl is a result of organizations not managing their cloud assets properly, leading to unused or underutilized resources that eat up the budget of enterprises unnecessarily.

Most organizations today also have little—or decent, at best—experience with both cloud computing and DevOps. This makes the transition to these practices challenging, with over 44% of enterprises saying moving from on-premise infrastructure to the cloud is too technical and complex.

With these problems in mind, how can enterprises adopt the DevOps culture in cloud solutions while keeping costs low and performance high?

The best practices to keep cloud DevOps costs low in enterprises

Emphasize staff training for the cloud and DevOps

As mentioned earlier, a major barrier in practicing these two areas is the technicalities involved. No matter how advantageous the technology is, organizations will not see any benefits if team members are not able to understand and work with it well.

So, it’s important for enterprises to set aside training funds for both DevOps and cloud computing. This allows team members to gain the skills and experience needed to work with the two efficiently. It also leads to improved work productivity and faster software development for enterprises.

Training can be in the form of online or offline courses, boot camps, or mentoring from industry experts.

Govern the usage of cloud resources and services to avoid cloud sprawl

Cloud sprawl is a pain for organizations to manage, especially if they are new to cloud computing. Businesses lose more than $10 billion a year to cloud waste so it’s clear why managing cloud sprawl is important in reducing costs.

DevOps is meant to combat this problem by utilizing cloud resources more effectively, but inexperienced team members may make mistakes that cost the organization money.

For example, a developer may deploy several VM instances without the permission of a higher-up to get their work done. To make matters worse, the instances may not be shut down properly after the work is done. It then continues accruing charges which end up surprising organizations when the expensive cloud bill comes at the end of the month.

To avoid such situations and cloud sprawl in general, enterprises must maintain control and governance over all cloud resources. Measures that can be taken include specifying:

  • The types of resources allowed to be instantiated and accessed

  • When they can be accessed

  • The types of data allowed to be accessed

These policies limit cloud sprawl by giving team members clear directions on what they’re allowed to do in regards to cloud resources.

Automate testing wherever possible

Automation is a key factor in reducing costs not only in DevOps and the cloud but also in other IT areas.

Enterprises have tons of environments and configurations to test and manage at one time. Relying on human personnel to work on these tasks is inefficient as it takes too much time and effort to complete—this is where automation comes in handy.

Rather than spending money on hiring more team members, enterprises can invest in automation tools to complete tedious tasks.

For instance, organizations can test environments and configurations significantly faster and more accurately with automation, allowing them to quickly deploy cloud resources without fear of misconfiguration or errors.

Automated scaling also allows enterprises to keep up with fluctuating customer demand without manual intervention e.g. allocating more storage and server capacity on payday to accommodate increased staff logins and withdrawals.

Look into a cloud visualization platform to help make cloud DevOps management more effective

A huge portion of these challenges come from the lack of understanding of how cloud assets interact with each other in the ecosystem.

With visualization, DevOps teams and cloud engineers have an easy-to-understand, visual view of every cloud resource in use. This removes the complexities involved in working with the cloud.

With visualization, the need for custom unclear scripts will be reduced, and the visual view will be the preferred tool to operate and gain knowledge about the deployed systems.

In the spirit of the DevOps culture, visualization helps organizations identify unused or underutilized resources that bloat their cloud spend while identifying gaps or areas to be improved in their cloud infrastructure.

Cloudivize helps enterprises to improve their DevOps practices in the cloud by visualizing relationships between every AWS resource.

With Cloudivize, enterprises can track each AWS asset to identify their usage and performance metrics. This allows you to easily manage and make changes on the spot to strengthen your organization’s DevOps culture.

Request a demo today to find out how Cloudivize can help your organization improve its cloud DevOps performance with our interactive visual management platform.

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