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Scalability vs Price Challenge in Cloud | @CloudExpo #DataCenter #Storage
While scalability & price can be great selling points for a cloud business, they can become a challenge when considered together
By: Harry Trott
Aug. 27, 2017 12:00 PM
There are several reasons why businesses migrate their operations to the cloud. Scalability and price are among the most important factors determining this transition. Unlike legacy systems, cloud-based businesses can scale on demand. The database and applications in the cloud are not rendered simply from one server located in your headquarters, but are instead distributed across several servers across the world. Such CDNs also bring about greater control in times of uncertainty. A database hack can be easily averted by shutting down the breached server and only rendering from servers that are still secure.
Cloud businesses are also typically inexpensive compared to legacy systems. Cloud servers like AWS host millions of applications on their data centers and this dramatically brings down the cost per unit of storage. Setting up your own server can be quite expensive in comparison and as a result a growing number of users pick cloud based CMS platforms while setting up their online business.
But while both scalability and price can be great selling points for a cloud business, they can become a challenge when considered together. Thanks to the low pricing points of the cloud, a large percentage of businesses stop optimizing their storage and consumption when they move away from legacy systems. In a traditional setup, every additional GB of data in the server is a step towards additional CapEx in the form of new servers. This is a major deterrent that forces businesses to optimize storage. On the cloud, it costs mere cents to add additional storage space to your system. It costs businesses more to optimize than to pay for these needless terrabytes of storage space.
The costs due to this inefficiency can easily add up. Cloud hosting providers, including Amazon and Google, are used by thousands of customers whose applications are kept scalable and secure through multiple levels of redundancy. In effect, every GB of unnecessary data is replicated across hundreds of servers. This adds to the costs of operation, increases resources consumed (including power, maintenance costs, etc.) which is effectively borne by the end customer. Sure, we may have not yet reached the tipping point where the costs to operate on the cloud is more expensive than doing it in-house, but the industry is surely moving towards that.
One solution to this is glacial storage. Unlike your typical storage services, glacial storage is not highly redundant, although they continue to be equally secure and durable. There are also fewer access channels made available to such glacial storage servers and as a result retrieval can take several minutes to hours. The costs are however incredibly lower than typical cloud storage. Amazon Glacier, for instance, costs around $0.004 per month for every GB of storage. In comparison, the standard storage could cost as much as $0.023 per GB. Glacial storage is today used by businesses to store infrequently used records and archival data that are not necessary for the day-to-day operations of the company.
The challenge however is in convincing businesses that such glacial storage is not only meant for archival purposes, but also to store other non-essential data that are today lying with businesses solely because their databases have not been optimized. Cloud prices have started going up in certain regions and could soon hit all users. It's time businesses promoted database optimization to ensure that the prices stay low and cloud remains affordable for all users and businesses.
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