Using a Structured Framework to Optimize Cloud Costs

With the cloud revolution, engineers were given the power to create infrastructure in seconds. While this is great for an organization’s pace of innovation, it’s not ideal for budgets.

This shift from CapEx to OpEx, where companies move from costs being fixed to variable, puts additional expectations on technology teams. There’s a need to focus on financial models, taking away from the necessary tasks of ensuring reliability and accelerating modernization. So how do you optimize cloud costs?

CapEx to OpEx Challenges

We’ve worked with countless organizations that have tried solving these problems in various ways. On the not-so-great end, we see companies ignoring spend, until costs get too high. Or, only paying attention when budget forecasts are due for next year’s planning. We’ve seen clients buy into “solutions” that came to the rescue only to act as yet another costly platform, difficult to navigate , and offered unnecessary “features.”

FinOps: Bridging the Gap Between Finance and Engineering

Now, more than ever, we have a need for ongoing collaboration between finance and engineering. Both teams need the know-how and the tools to reduce toil and optimize costs.

At the heart of it, organizations that are successful at cost management work towards creating a culture of cost transparency. If an organization doesn’t make its costs transparent, how can its employees make informed decisions on cost optimization?

A Step-by-Step Framework to Optimize Cloud Costs

But how do you develop a culture of cost transparency and cost awareness? Google Cloud + Cloudbakers recommends a systematic framework to guide you on your cloud cost management journey and strategically optimize cloud costs:

Governance: To ensure only appropriate people can add projects or billing

Capture: Your spend to reduce the manual effort for chargebacks

Report: On spend to understand usage and set alerts for unexpected spikes

Actively: Manage Ongoing Costs using tools to assist in complex decision making

Predict: Spend to forecast usage and costs

Getting Started with Google Cloud Cost Optimization

These steps also form the basis of 66degrees Google Cloud Cost Optimizations services as part of our leading-edge Cloud FinOps program. Along with Ternary, we provide the knowledge and the tools to help drive cost optimization within your organization, including both engineering and finance teams. Here, we take a deeper look into the perspectives of each.

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