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COST OF CLOUD
As they evaluate cloud service providers, rather than just comparing sticker price for
compute and storage resources, many IT departments have begun to consider a more
complete picture of their cloud investment, including the human cost of managing and
administering virtual resources around the globe.
Enterprises are reaching out to cloud service providers for several reasons.
Public IT Cloud Services,
Total Enterprise Spending:
More than half of workloads are now hosted on
the cloud, and it’s expected to increase.
CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON
Cloud-driven enterprises are already reaping the benefits of adoption.
MAKING THE CLOUD WORK
With cloud technology’s efficiencies, companies are expanding cloud spend accordingly, as
they select OpEx’s agility over CapEx’s constraints.
HIDDEN COST CONCERNS
WHAT YOU NEED
2013 2017 2014 2015 2016 2017
AS ENTERPRISE IT FOCUSES ON ENABLING BUSINESS UNITS, MANY COMPANIES ARE
FINDING PUBLIC CLOUDS TO BE A TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTION.
A 2013 survey of IT management and primary decision makers in midsize and
large-scale North American and European enterprises discovered just how
widespread the budgeting* is.
Budget spread for those enterprises:*
Lack of resources to manage
Too much time spent
responding to requests
Too much budget spent on
physical servers and hardware
Virtualization or application
licenses up for renewal,
alongside IT’s increasing
preference for a pay-as-you-go
modelDesire to reduce
dependence on internal
of latest updates
Increased speed in
Lower risk with
6% 25% 25% 19% 9% 16%
*Includes both CapEx and OpEx
4.5% more spending on IT products and services in 2014 than 2013 for
midmarket and large-sized companies in the United States and Europe
Estimates show that at least 70% of IT budgets go to
existing systems’ maintenance.
CIOs report that they focus on the top unexpected
costs, both human and ﬁnancial, of cloud initiatives.
49% 41% 32% 30%
in external training
Many cloud initiatives bring unexpected costs, both human and financial.
By enabling your company to host business-critical workloads and
development environments, a complete enterprise cloud platform
can free up more time, money, and resources.
Although all-in-one complete cloud platforms often cost more hourly, they can prove less expensive in
the long run. CenturyLink Cloud’s prices already include IDP/IDS;
24/7 Support; Policy Management, Orchestration, Auditing, and Billing.
Adopting the cloud as an integral element
of your enterprise’s IT infrastructure takes
planning. The cheaper option upfront will likely
add up quickly in the long run. But a managed
cloud solution can save your company money,
resources, and time.
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Networking: IP Address, Bandwidth,
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