Some Businesses Struggle With Public Cloud Cost Control

by Erick Wingfield    |   

A survey was recently conducted by Dimensional Research on behalf of Cloud Cruiser that provides data showing a major concern among those that have adopted public cloud. The survey was conducted in April and July and those that took the survey did so because of their attendance at the Amazon Web Services conference.

According to the survey, the biggest problems that organizations with public cloud face are usage visibility and cost transparency.  Although businesses have embraced cloud, they want to know exactly where their money is being spend. Businesses also want to find a way to pinpoint exactly who is using what on the public cloud, which can provide intelligence as to which resources are actually being consumed within the cloud.

Anothering finding of the survey shows that 79% of businesses said that they had a hybrid cloud in place. The survey found that the majority of respondents indicated that they had built a hybrid cloud using AWS, however, another 30% were willing to compliment their AWS cloud with another public cloud service. Other key findings in the survey include:

  • 66% of businesses indicated that it was a challenge to track cloud costs
  • 25% of businesses say that they are able to assign IT costs to a specific department
  • 30% of respondents use more than 1 public cloud vendor in their organization

“Survey results like this are always useful to highlight trends and adoption rates of cloud services,” says Deirdre Mahon, CMO of Cloud Cruiser. “These findings tell us what we hear from our customers every day; budget tracking and forecasting is extremely difficult when you simply don’t know who is using what service, at what capacity level much less the financial impact. Making investments in the right solutions is critical even during the early stages of cloud adoption. Measure from the beginning and it will pay dividends when your bill comes in month after month,” concludes Mahon.

Cloud Cruiser helps organizations control of the costs of their public cloud.

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Erick Wingfield

Erick Wingfield


Erick Wingfield is a Microsoft Certified Professional specializing in Azure, System Center 2012 and hybrid cloud infrastructures. As a Senior Contributor for CloudWedge, Erick provides expert insight to professionals seeking an insider's perspective on Enterprise... See the full bio