Adopting the Public Cloud has transformed the way businesses work, allowing them to access public infrastructure rather than having to build it in-house. This model, however, collides with the difficulty of managing the costs of the public cloud : first of all, because there is no standardization between the main vendors in the sector and, therefore, invoices are often complex and complex to analyze.
To the rescue of companies comes billing in real time , thanks to which to understand, for example, which resources and instances of the Public Cloud involve a higher cost and to recognize any technical anomalies that can increase the use of resources. In the absence of a counter that shows the expense in real time, these anomalies could continue undetected until the moment of invoicing: that is, when it is too late to remedy.
Real-time billing therefore ensures management clear visibility and transparency on the costs of the Public Cloud and usage information. It also represents a fundamental lever for improving infrastructure management and ensuring compliance with planning and budget.
Public Cloud: the 5 advantages of billing in real time
Those who choose the Public Cloud can meet operating volumes made unpredictable by multiple business operations. This also affects costs, which are not fixed, and can become complicated to manage if the company has several departments and multiple active projects that are leveraging the Public Cloud infrastructure.
The possibility of knowing the amount of expenses in real time, therefore, entails multiple benefits at an economic and management level.
1. NO MORE SURPRISES ON THE INVOICE
The first advantage of real-time billing is easy to say: the company no longer has to face any surprises . For example, being able to rely on information in real time, management has full visibility on the costs associated with peak usage due to temporary anomalies which, at the end of the month, weigh on company costs. In this way, companies and organizations can prioritize resources on the basis of expenses, optimizing the final yield.
2. RESOURCES AND INSTANCES ARE OPTIMIZED
Access to a real-time updated panel of Public Cloud costs also allows management to know the status of low-use resources, which can be consolidated and optimized. Having up-to-date information guarantees greater control over the entire infrastructure: only in this way is it possible to know in real time the impact of reducing an instance, for example, and the technical costs associated with the operation.
3. WITH BILLING IN REAL TIME, THE COSTS OF THE PUBLIC CLOUD ARE PREDICTABLE
Each implementation of the Public Cloud starts from a series of forecasts linked both to the initial business situation and to the strategic objectives established by the management , which also identify the thresholds of the estimated costs to maximize the return on investment (ROI). Being able to count on an updated perspective in real time of costs is essential to have total control over the projects and infrastructure of the company so as to be able to react in a flexible way.
4. MORE CAREFUL EVALUATION OF THE STAKEHOLDERS
In a situation where multiple departments exploit the Public Cloud, it is essential to be able to organize a hierarchy of stakeholders in charge of governance, architecture and IT Operations. This means, especially in more structured companies, that accessing costs in real time allows us to consider in detail which aspects of the project and of the requests are working differently from what was estimated. And, therefore, to be able to distribute responsibilities in a timely manner on the basis of certain data.
5. TIMELY COMPLIANCE WITH THE BUDGET
In line with what has just been described, it is clear that access to a real-time billing system for the Public Cloud allows top management to promote more precise management of the costs associated with the cloud. In this way, the company has full control over expenses and can continuously optimize those associated with resources, establishing alert thresholds not to be exceeded in order to comply with planning and expectations.
Optimize the management of the Public Cloud
Real-time billing is therefore an added value to maximize the potential of the Public Cloud from an economic perspective. Relying on up-to-date information guarantees considerable margins for infrastructure optimization and simplification, as well as the possibility of reducing economic inefficiencies, being able to respect the budget and reduce hidden costs without compromising performance.