Creeping Cloud Costs

by Michael V
The author of the blog writes about the increasing costs of Cloud computing in comparison to its increasing necessity to everyday computer use in today’s internet driven community. While cloud computing initially begins as a benign cheap or even free source of securing and sharing data, continued use of the functionality has contributed to the industry’s ability to raise costs and charge more for usage from customers, due to their increased dependence upon the cloud. These costs can be quite hard to track, such as the 12cents per hour maintenance cost of the servers, which sounds cheap but quickly adds up to over a thousand dollars a year. However, companies also can charge insanely high prices simply for large scale use of their systems, even though it would be cheaper to store data in smaller chunks with the same data usage, up to eight times higher.

This article contains a lot of useful information applicable to today’s computing habits. Many of us utilize cloud websites such as MediaFire or the recently shutdown Megaupload to both upload and download content. While these websites are free for small portions of uploaded data, they require paid accounts to store large amounts of data, and that’s where the costs come in. The article forewarns of the many hidden costs and rising upkeep of these cloud servers, and there is definitely a lot of truth to that, considering how prices can rise up to over a hundred dollars per month for many cloud services. There are many situations in which it would even be cheaper to set up your own private cloud network to save costs, which the author states that the company Zynga has done to cut costs.

This relates to this weeks lecture topic of Logical Database Design and the Relational Model through the business aspect of database design aspect of setting up your own servers. In order to avoid the hefty costs of having another company run cloud servers for your use, in some cases it would be more efficient to simply set up your own cloud servers. In this sort of situation, it would require a great understanding of how databases are organized in order to efficiently set up and store your company’s data in an orderly fashion to be quickly accessed and put to use whenever required.

Source:
Sins of the Cloud. (2012, April 2) Retrieved April 22, 2012 from Tech Crunch
Web site: http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/22/sins-of-the-cloud/

3 thoughts on “Creeping Cloud Costs”

  1. You’re right in all the hidden fees you get hit with for using online storage, but for what its worth, I’m so cloud most of the services provided today offer free versions or limited trial editions to test out. One of my friends racked up a hefty bill for all the one dollar apps he’s downloaded, it all really adds up and you forget the total you’ve spent with the all the small amounts for each service.

  2. I used to love megaupload !!! lol
    After reading your blog write up I wondered if there are any rate calculators a customer might use to track expenses. I understand any user must track their expenses and I believe there are calculators used to track these expenses and I believe Amazon’s DBMS are very easy to scale……

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