Businesses are adopting cloud for a number of their IT functions at record pace of late. According to 2015 report from RightScale, 82 percent of enterprises in the United States had adopted at least a hybrid cloud strategy to help streamline their IT, with adoption of cloud services poised to triple globally by 2018 in corporate settings.
This means that even if your business has resisted adopting the cloud for some part of their operations – whether that involves collaboration tools and applications or storage of business-critical information – you’re likely going to need to adopt a cloud asset at some point in the future just to work with your business partners no matter what field you’re in. This means that you’ll likely need to choose a cloud provider that can give you the cloud options you need and at a price point that works.
Once you hit this juncture in the cloud adoption process, you’ll quickly realize that cloud pricing can be a very frustrating area to navigate. Every cloud provider charges by different metrics, with some services spelled out explicitly by a particular cloud provider while others live behind a paywall that you can’t even access until you’ve paid your first bill.
Luckily, there are programs that you can use to help predict what your monthly bill will be with each provider once you’ve weighed the different cloud services you’ll need and that they offer. They each have their pros and cons, but here’s a quick rundown on just a few of the free or cheaper options.
Cloudorado Cloud Hosting Comparison: This solution compares 25 different cloud providers and is free because it is paid for by participating vendors. It’s expertise is in delivering CPU benchmarks, which are hard to calculate for those new to the cloud.
CloudHarmony, CloudSquare: These services rank up to 95 different cloud providers, but only really evaluates uptime status, as opposed to actual value. Also, despite the wide proliferation of cloud services, there are really only a handful of major providers that most businesses will have access to.
CLUUI.com: This program hosts 10 more cloud providers than Cloudorado – 35 – and focuses squarely on cost monitoring, which gives valuable insight for those who are concerned primarily with maintaining business budgets remain in the black.
SolarWInds Cloud Cost Monitor: This program also delivers free cost monitoring, but only to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure Cloud. While these are only two of many cloud providers, they are the primary players in the cloud market – by a long shot – which actually declutters a lot of the reporting.