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[Video] Cloud Governance: How to control your cloud cost using automation?

Keep Cloud Costs under control using automation

While organizations are sourcing cloud services to optimize costs, they are facing a new set of challenges to contain overspending on cloud services and optimize the cloud spend. Enterprises can save a lot of money  by leveraging cloud automation tools before and after spinning up cloud resources using automated cloud governance tools.  Policies  can be configured to define who can create the Application stacks, what type of resources are provisioned and how long the resources are kept running.  Resources can be tagged to identify the owners for placing accountability and ensuring accurate charegeback allocations. Turn off idle instance using a scheduler, Optimize the size of your cloud deployments by Infrastructure right-sizing,  move workloads to cheaper regions or  delete cloud resources with non critical data after predetermined periods of time.

As enterprises are moving a significant part  of their applications to public cloud platforms to leverage the benefits of elasticity, agility and cost, they are waking up to the fact that poorly planned and rapid cloud adoption in the absence of centralized governance and control results in waste of cloud resources, cloud bill shocks, Shadow IT, and cloud vendor lock-in.

The need of the hour is  a cost management and optimization  platform that supports multi-cloud management with tools  to help organizations gain visibility and control cloud spending using automation. The DevOps team should have the flexibility  and autonomy to spin up the cloud resources they need, without the downsides of acquiring these resources in an ad hoc  manner. Enterprises on the other hand can minimize cost overruns and limit security and compliance risks in public cloud by  enforcing an approval based  workflow, using templates for consistent and  repeatable provisioning and policy based rules that facilitate the required governance process.

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John Katrick is a software engineer living in Bangalore, India. He is a fan of technology and cloud computing. He is also interested in Hybrid Cloud and focuses on articles involving the latest news in cloud management, Microsoft Azure, and cloud governance including new technology and AWS cloud news.