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Inventory your VMs and Calculate their Cost in the Cloud

Did you ever wonder how much it would cost to run your virtual infrastructure in the cloud? If not, your boss and the bean counters in finance probably have, and it's only a matter of time before they ask you, "Why aren't we trying to save money by running our data center in the cloud?"

Public cloud providers such as Amazon EC2 make their pricing publicly available online, but it requires some mapping on your part to get an accurate estimate. Sometimes it might even feel like you need a degree in cloud computing number-crunching just to find anything remotely interesting. Pricing can be fairly complicated, but that's one of the trade-offs you might expect when dealing with usage-based pricing.

Many people think that moving to the cloud will dramatically lower their costs; in reality, there are many cases where costs can actually go up. On first glance, cloud pricing doesn't seem like it will cost that much when you are talking about a few cents here and there per hour. But once you figure out the true usage of your environment, and do some simple math over the course of a month, a quarter, or a year, costs can turn out to be fairly substantial.

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Read the entire article on the InfoWorld Virtualization Report.

Published Monday, July 18, 2011 1:00 PM by David Marshall
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