Public Cloud Users Not Doing Enough to Track Cloud Allocation, Usage: Report
One-third of companies using cloud computing are doing nothing to track costs and consumption, despite recognizing how important it is, according to a new report by Cloud Cruiser and Dimension Research.
The report compiles results of a survey of nearly 200 professionals who attended the Amazon Web Services Global Summit held last month in Chicago. Of those attendees 92 percent currently use a public cloud.
According to the report, 54 percent said that cost allocation and reporting is the most important aspect of managing the public cloud, while performance management (46 percent) and optimizing resources (45 percent) follow.
Thirty-one percent of respondents use a custom system to manage public cloud usage and spend, while 20 percent use tools from their cloud provider. Seventeen percent use manual tracking via a spreadsheet, while 16 percent use a commercial third-party solution. This indicates a clear opportunity for cloud optimization tools as it seems many companies rely on clunky systems or manual input to track cloud allocation and usage.
Of course this is a good thing for Cloud Cruiser who sells a SaaS application for measuring cloud usage. In February, the company released Cloud Cruiser 16 for users with multiple cloud deployments.
Since the survey was conducted at an AWS event, it makes sense that 54 percent of respondents said AWS is their only cloud environment, while 27 percent use Microsoft Azure and 22 percent use private cloud. Thirteen percent of surveyed attendees use Google cloud platform.
Most respondents said they use AWS for development and testing (59 percent) while 31 percent use it for big data and analytics. Thirty-percent use AWS for a Sandbox environment while 25 percent use the public cloud environment for customer-facing applications. Backup and recovery (19 percent), business applications (14 percent) and ecommerce (two percent) are other uses for AWS.
When it comes to having bills for cloud services reviewed and approved, 39 percent of respondents called the process with finance “challenging”.