Top 5 tips for doing a cloud storage cost analysis

A growing number of companies shift to the cloud computing in order to achieve cost saving and process facilitation.

The size of the cloud computing market has increased threefold over the past five years, and it is predicted to go beyond $128 billion by 2019.

However, companies should make sure that the expenditures related to the migration to a cloud storage will not eat away the potential economy that this technology entails.

The careful analysis of these expenses will help answer a question that concerns many businesses: “How much does a cloud storage cost?”.

For readers, here is a cloud migration checklist, which advises companies to rest when estimating the cost of moving from traditional on-premises repository.

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Usually, it comprises both transparent costs that companies generally expect and hidden ones that may not become evident until contract signing.

For illustration purposes only, we will use the example of Amazon’s cloud storage pricing, as this public cloud provider does not conceal it.

Monthly storage pricing

The price for a cloud storage usually depends on a number of gigabytes that a company requires per month. Some providers, such as these of Amazon S3, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, use a sliding-scale approach to price formation, which means offering bigger storage volumes at downward costs. Also, some vendors provide redundant repositories at higher prices as compared with less redundant or archival ones; the latter are charged the least.

Amazon charges the first 50 terabytes at $0.023 per a gigabyte, while successive volumes are quoted cheaper – at $0.022 and $0.021 per GB.

Bandwidth cost

Transferring data out of the storage also entails expenses, while on the average, their moving into it is free. When charging for the bandwidth, many providers apply a sliding-scale pricing. As for AWS, the cost of one gigabyte of data that a company needs to send from within the repository starts with $0.010, while in some cases it is free.

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Despite the fact that these numbers seem reasonable if a company needs to send just a few gigabytes a month, transferring large data volumes will cost a bundle.

Transaction charges

Depending on a vendor, various REST-based storage requests, a.k.a. transactions, can also be charged, such as:

• Get
• Delete
• List
• Post
• Others

Amazon S3 is among vendors that include transactions into the cloud storage cost. The company estimates this item starting from $0.004 per 10,000 transactions, but the “delete” request is free. Rackspace Cloud Files, Nirvanix and services alike provide storage requests on a free-of-charge basis.

Cloud gateway

Companies that require native access to their information bear gateway-related costs. Depending on the demands, a company may opt for a provider’s gateway or its own one.

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Businesses that use a vendor’s gateway, should be ready for the expenses on the equipment and maintenance fees. While companies that choose to integrate their data via their own, specific one should take on the costs of the gateway custom development.

Data retrieval

An important consideration, to which many businesses do not give due regard, is the retrieval or restoration of the corporate data. The transfer of large data volumes requires considerable bandwidth, which is why most vendors provide this service on a paid basis.

On top of all, this process does not come cheap. Depending on a service provider, it may vary from some hundred US dollars to a few thousands of them.

For example, Amazon provides data retrieval at the cost that significantly surpasses ordinary data transfer: at $0.05 per a gigabyte. So, the restoration of 100 terabytes of data will cost $5,000.

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Go for an expert assistance

In most of the cases, a cloud storage cost analysis requires domain-specific expertise, otherwise, a company may overlook some small but significant circumstances.

Down the line, they may make up a large sum and will drive up the total cost of the migration. That is why it is best to turn to a reliable service provider,as subject-matter experts will provide a thorough and correct calculation of anticipated costs.


Sourced by Stanislau Belachkin at Sam Solutions

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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