CIO: Five ways to save money on your cloud costs

Keeping track of your monthly cloud computing bills isn’t easy. While it is great that cloud providers usually charge you on the resources you consume, the various elements of your bill are very complex and made up of dozens of different factors, such as CPU core, storage units, RAM size and data transfers. Fortunately, there are a number of online services (see chart below) that can help you save money by using a series of clever choices. In this article for CIO (email reg. req.), I will look at five questions that you can ask to try to reduce your monthly cloud computing bill.

Service, link Number of Cloud Providers Expertise Free or paid?
Cloudability AWS Cost monitoring Paid
Cloudorado Cloud Hosting Comparison 27 CPU benchmarks Free (paid by participating vendors)
Cloudyn AWS, Azure, Google Costing trends Both
CloudHarmony CloudSquare 101 Uptime status Free
CloudSpectator Varies Custom analytics Both; paid reports are $400 each
CloudHealth Technologies AWS, Google Costing, performance and security analytics Paid services start at $250/mo
Datapipe Analytics AWS, Azure Management tools Paid services start at $3500/mo
RightScale PlanForCloud 6 Deployment scenarios Both; paid services start at $6000/mo



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