Have you scoured the web for a straightforward answer about how much it will cost to migrate to the cloud?
Chances are, you came up empty-handed.
While cost is often one of the top considerations when choosing a cloud provider, sitting down and determining the cost isn’t so cut and dry. There are a lot of factors that influence the price of a cloud infrastructure.
Luckily, there are two things you can do to help you estimate the cost of your cloud migration.
- Determine the costs of your current IT department.
- Define the needs of your cloud infrastructure and use these factors to calculate the projected cost of your cloud migration.
Let’s take a look at each of these steps in-depth.
1. Evaluate Your Current IT Costs.
- Purchase of new equipment
- Updates to infrastructure and application software
- System outages
- IT employee salaries, benefits, and associated costs
- IT facility costs, including power and data connection costs
- Software licenses and support subscriptions
- Employee and end-user training
- Administration involving the IT department (HR, accounting, and managing IT records and payroll)
- Parking spaces and company-issued transportation utilized by IT staff
- Office furniture and supplies used by IT staff
- Power consumption and maintenance for any IT office space that’s not part of the physical IT department
2. Define the Needs of Your Cloud Infrastructure to Project the Cost of Your Cloud Migration.
As you calculate your IT costs, you’ll also be able to develop an accurate picture of your ongoing IT needs. This will help you more realistically project your cloud infrastructure requirements.
If you already know whether you’ll be moving to virtual machines or containers in the cloud, you can use a calculator provided on the cloud provider’s website.
You can also meet with a cloud expert to discuss your migration needs and develop a projected cost. CR-T offers a free consultation so you can choose the cloud provider and plan that’s right for you.
Calculating the cost of your cloud migration can feel like a daunting task. But with the right tools and expertise at your disposal, you can find the right cloud provider for you and your business.
Learn more about the pros and cons of migrating to the cloud.