What’s the Real Cost of Running Your Apps in the Cloud?

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IBM is offering a no-cost VMware application migration assessment from Akasia.

The cloud, as we know it, is really a vast collection of clouds. There are big clouds, small clouds, public clouds, private clouds, clouds with bare metal servers and those with shared virtual machines. This hybrid multicloud environment is the path forward for most companies, because not all clouds are well suited to each type of workload. Choosing the wrong cloud platform or migration path can cost an organization a lot of time and money after they’ve already migrated their workloads. No wonder, then, that some organizations are finding the cloud to be less cost-effective than they first imagined.

Cloud cost modeling helps organizations get a handle on workload migration costs before they migrate. There are several modeling tools available. Ideally, these tools should not only accelerate the cost-discovery process but also provide multiple cloud options and various migration scenarios. One tool that stands out is Akasia. It’s simple to use, requires very little up-front effort (e.g., no configuration or provisioning is required) and provides detailed cost analyses of various migration scenarios, including the major cloud providers: AWS, Azure, GCP, VMware Cloud and IBM Cloud.

Akasia analyzes your current workload environment and provides a CapEx and OpEx TCO analysis from the infrastructure and usage, based on workload consumption. It provides right-size recommendations across cloud providers, sized to the specific usage.

Akasia’s cloud cost modeling methodology does the following:

  • Delivers insight into current and future cloud costs with very little effort on the part of IT teams
  • Quantifies costs in a way that allows organizations to accurately project budgets
  • Factors workload efficiency into the equation
  • Calculates workload costs by VM, operating system and resources
  • Maps out your operating systems and charts a recommended migration path
Akasia analyzes your current workload environment and provides a CapEx and OpEx TCO analysis from the infrastructure and usage, based on workload consumption. It provides right-size recommendations across cloud providers, sized to the specific usage.

How can I save money migrating my VMware workloads?

One of the biggest challenges facing organizations today is how to maintain secure and performant systems while also deploying new capabilities without disrupting current workloads. This can be problematic for VMware IT teams because not every cloud platform provides full and open access to the VMware vSphere platform in the same way that customers are accustomed to on-premises. For example, organizations may need to buy new VMware, OS or software licenses due to new requirements or limitations and may find that older OS versions are simply not available.

These types of pitfalls are important to identify early in the migration planning process. This is one of the big reasons why IBM and Akasia have partnered together to help organizations plan and assess their VMware workload migrations. IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions is uniquely suited to VMware workloads, a distinction that the Akasia cost-modeling tool understands because of its depth of insight.

For example, because IBM Cloud for VMware offers a larger selection of hardware configurations than any other public cloud platform, organizations have more flexibility to right-size their VMware workloads. In addition, IBM doesn’t meter for private network usage, which is a cost factor that Akasia rightly takes into consideration since it can add up to a lot of extra money at the end of the day. And only IBM Cloud for VMware supports both VSAN and NFS storage, so organizations can scale compute and storage independently rather than having to add servers every time they need more storage.

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With Akasia, organizations can ensure they begin their cloud journey on the right foot with realistic expectations around cost savings and performance. Whether you’re starting out on your cloud journey, struggling to migrate mission-critical workloads or just wondering if you’re getting the best value from your cloud provider, a cloud cost assessment from Akasia can help you find the best “home” for business applications in a multicloud world.

For a limited time, IBM is offering a no-cost VMware application migration assessment from Akasia.

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