Are you considering migrating your applications to the cloud to simplify your data management? While the public cloud is great for minimizing how much time you spend day-to-day managing your data, its costs can quickly spiral out of control if you aren’t careful. There are a few ways that you can ensure your next bill doesn’t leave you with sticker shock. Whether you’re a customer of AWS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Azure, or your own private cloud, here are five simple ways to rein in cloud costs:

1. Feel the power of machine learning and proactive monitoring

One of the easiest things to do to cut cloud costs? Don’t do anything at all! Taking advantage of policy-based automation and proactive monitoring functionalities can help ensure that your cloud infrastructure is always optimized – without ever lifting a finger.

2. Take advantage of rich data services

Taking advantage of rich data services such as deduplication, data replication, thin provisioning, and zero-footprint clones can offer significant cost reductions on your cloud bill. With these services, you can minimize how much capacity you are using in the cloud… which, in turn, minimizes your cloud spend.

3. Optimize infrastructure by choosing the best cloud to suit your data needs

Adopting a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy gives you the flexibility to move data to the infrastructure that meets each application’s needs while at the most cost-efficient price point available. With data mobility between infrastructures, users can easily engage in cost-saving techniques such as cloud bursting. For example, a retailer might run its workloads on-prem with minimal resources for most of the year… but burst to the cloud on Black Friday to meet a larger demand from customers.

4. Manage your entire hybrid cloud on one platform

Not having a consolidated view of your entire hybrid or multicloud infrastructure can make it difficult to see when you’re closing in on thresholds and which workloads need to be shifted to other resources with more capacity. What’s more, you don’t even have a way of making this shift quickly and easily.

5. Reduce the cost of cloud migration

The process of migrating data to the cloud can be costly. Not only do you need to completely rearchitect your applications to fit in the cloud, but you also are costing your team months of work that is better spent on more high-value projects. By using a cloud data platform, such as Silk, you have the ability to quickly move your data to the cloud quickly and easily – no rearchitecting required!


The cloud can make managing your infrastructure much easier. But if you aren’t careful, it can also cost you an arm and a leg. By taking these strategic steps, you can make sure that you never are spending over your budget.

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