There are a variety of solutions to confront the issue of increasing cloud costs. It is important to migrate only the most widely used applications to the cloud, and leave the remaining, underutilized programs on the on-premise data center. Doing so will help to optimize spend by leveraging cost effective computing and storage capabilities with OpEx funds, rather than CapEx funds. Moving to the cloud means organizations can optimize OpEx funds, avoiding heavy upfront CapEx investments in infrastructure, to focus on the daily costs of cloud services.
Determining which applications are sufficiently utilized will require a proper SAM strategy with sufficient visibility into entitlements, inventory, and consumption. This way, your organization will understand what software they own, how that software is currently being used, what software the organization is entitled to use, and how they are allowed to use that software. This will help your organization determine what applications can move to the cloud, so be sure to have those capabilities before making any decisions.
Once you have identified the most utilized applications across your network, there are some final considerations to make. Ensure that these applications are going to be fully compatible with the cloud, and that they do not contain extremely sensitive information that could prove catastrophic in the case of a data breach. By making these final assurances, organizations will make great progress towards optimizing their cloud spend.