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Staying Away from Concealed Cloud Costs

shutterstock_105420134When businesses don’t have an internal IT department, they can rely on the cloud for IT management. Cloud technology is less expensive than other types of connections. The cloud eliminates some costs that come with an IT department, such as hardware and employee salaries. There are however, hidden costs that can come with the cloud, costs which organizations can avoid.

Paying Decision Makers

Using the cloud can result in unintentional costs being incurred. For instance, certain employees charge for their time when simply deciding on cloud costs. According to a study performed by the research group Accounting and Information Systems, the hourly rate that decision makers charged a company was $112, which amounted to 36 hours in the end. Subsequently, at the end of those 36 hours, the total cost came to $4,032, when nothing had actually been bought. In order to avoid this cost, it’s important for businesses to eliminate time expenses by looking at reviews that sufficiently compare cloud providers.

Increasing Costs of Services

Many Internet, cable and cell phone companies tend to offer a set price for services and then raise the costs several months after the customer has started paying. Certain cloud service providers will use this same strategy. In order to prevent this from happening, customers need to make sure they are not receiving introductory costs in their service provider’s cost estimate.

Cloud Failure Expenses

Having information either corrupted or compromised is frustrating enough for companies, without also having to pay for those expenses when it isn’t the enterprise’s fault. Many companies don’t realize that data corruption can come with a price tag of its own. Before signing a contract, companies should make sure there is compensation from the cloud provider in the event of any data compromises.

Costs of Not Owning a Server

One of the financial benefits to having an in-house IT department is the advantage of owning a server. A purchased server is an asset; an organization can sell this server if necessary. Physical server assets can also be beneficial in luring investors who look at the company’s financial statement.

There are many ways that businesses can wind up spending more than what they intended on cloud services, but these costs are avoidable if every aspect of spending is considered. With hidden costs taken out of the equation, enterprises will be able to know exactly what they’re spending for the services they want.

Update Hybrid WAN Topology for Updated Connectivity

shutterstock_83275759When deploying certain applications in organizations, WAN is a solution that can simplify the process. However, in order to implement WAN, service topology is required where network topology is outdated.

While the complexity of data centers were the main cause of frustration for implementation of new applications, those frustrations have more recently been associated with the WAN. The principal reason for this is the transition to the cloud, which is making it harder for WAN to stay relevant as CRM and ERP are adapting to cloud connectivity. Over ten years ago the WAN changed to an MPLS Layer 3 VPN and unfortunately hasn’t updated since then. WAN simply doesn’t have the means to keep up with changes in bandwidth and other elements that the cloud has encouraged.

This doesn’t mean that WAN is destined to stay outdated, though. It simply means that WAN must update in order to stay relevant.

Creating a Hybrid WAN

There are several reasons why WAN is more troublesome. One of the main disadvantages is its overall inability to control those services. The reliance on service providers to make way for new system changes has proven to be difficult for enterprises, as it often takes a long time to make these changes.

Rather than depending solely on MPLS, hybrid WAN could make implementing new applications much more efficient. For instance, a complete VPN system could utilize Ethernet, Internet, and MPLS, while simultaneously allowing all needed apps to connect without issue. With other modes of transport, a complete WAN infrastructure can make rollout much less of a hassle for businesses.
Various SLAs would also be put into effect, depending on where the services will be used and their specific use.

In order to implement a hybrid WAN, service topology enabling strict central management is needed. The current outdated model consists of network topology with peer-to-peer management that isn’t ideal.

Network topology entails several control planes that work separately, with IPsec for location security as well as OSPF and BGP for setting up VPN routes. Because none of these control planes work unanimously, and use a peer-to-peer system, it’s often frustrating to make a system change because of the amount of steps it takes.

Switching to Service Topology

The switch from network topology to service topology in WAN is achieved through disconnecting networking nodes with the control planes. This will benefit WAN in numerous ways:

  • Limited control plane connections allow for the deployment of any kind of data plane topology
  • A majority of calculations, including alternate paths, configurations, and policies are centrally located
  • Physical paths are no longer needed for security services like IPS, IDS and firewalls, which can use virtual paths
  • The lack of peer-by-peer connection results in simpler site bring-ups
  • The control plane can serve virtually, stored in a private or public cloud or the data center

As cloud technology continues to develop into the most expansive VPN constructed, service topology is needed in order to sufficiently support new enterprise applications.