Don’t Break the Bank: Conquer Out-of-Control Cloud Costs


Organizations have long grappled with managing cloud costs. Despite recognizing the issue and prioritizing solutions, cloud expenditures continue to soar. But why does this problem endure, despite a plethora of solutions available in the market?


The Challenge of Soaring Cloud Costs
Businesses have struggled with cloud cost management for years. A study conducted by Aptum reveals alarming statistics, with 52% of IT professionals witnessing significant IT spend wastage due to inefficiencies with cloud platforms and services. Insights from Gartner shed light on this, pointing to the complexities of cloud budget management and the inherent challenges in ensuring fiscal discipline within dynamic cloud environments. 73% of Aptum’s IT respondents report higher-than-expected IT costs within the last 12 months.


Where Does the Money Go?
Overlooked savings and overprovisioning serve to illustrate just a fraction of the myriad challenges organizations face in managing cloud spend. Infosys uncovered $300 billion in savings left untapped due to overlooked hyperscaler plans and discounts. Overprovisioning cloud resources or paying for capacity not being used is another frequent challenge. Java giant, Azul, highlights this, reporting that nearly 70% of companies admit to paying for idle cloud capacity, while over 40% utilize less than 60% of the public cloud they’re paying for.


Challenges Endure Despite Focus
Financial leaders consistently prioritize cloud spend reduction, with Vertice identifying it as the top cost-cutting priority for companies. However, Flexera’s 2024 State of the Cloud Report reveals persistent challenges despite increased attention and the proliferation of solutions, serving to underscore that setting priorities alone cannot get the job done.


The Ever-Elusive Solution
Despite numerous solutions promising to tackle cloud cost challenges, many fall short in delivering comprehensive solutions. Organizations find themselves trapped in a cycle of trial and error, searching for an effective remedy for their cloud cost woes, only to be left frustrated in the end.


FinOps’ Potential
FinOps is a cloud cost management practice that goes beyond surface-level optimizations. It prioritizes collaboration across business teams to track, understand, and optimize cloud costs. By aligning financial objectives with cloud usage, FinOps enables organizations to make informed decisions and maximize their cloud investments. The entire culture of the organization works in harmony to reduce cloud spend through highly efficient processes and accountability. Not surprisingly, the 2024 State of FinOps Survey observes that the two key priorities for cloud computing are reducing waste and managing commitments.


The Arrival of CloudSaver FinOps Advisory Services
In the face of these challenges, CloudSaver’s FinOps Advisory Services emerges as a beacon of hope. Seamlessly blending financial acumen with cloud expertise, CloudSaver’s FinOps professionals deliver a holistic approach to cloud cost management. CloudSaver’s unique methodology comprises three strategic phases: gaining insights into your current operations, swiftly implementing cloud efficiencies, and fostering a culture of enduring financial efficiency. With customized strategies that span multi-cloud platforms and integrate with any FinOps software, CloudSaver uncovers overlooked savings, tackles overprovisioning, and simplifies the complexities of cloud budget management.


Mastering cloud costs presents formidable challenges, yet solutions like CloudSaver’s FinOps Services offer promise. By embracing FinOps, organizations can wrest control over their cloud spending and pave the path to sustainable growth.

About the Author


Frank YorkFrank York
Senior Content Writer, CloudSaver