Mar 22, 2023

CIOs and CFOs at Odds Over Cloud Costs – Here’s a Win-Win

Paul Painter, Director, Solutions Engineering

CIOs are under pressure to accelerate digital transformation. CFOs are under pressure to reduce wasteful spending. And economic turmoil combined with unpredictable cloud costs are taking the priority tug-of-war to a whole new level.

Public cloud comes with a lengthy list of benefits – agility and flexibility, secure data storage, better application performance, staff optimization and the ability to leverage new technologies. But these convenient capabilities all come at a premium.

Beyond billing for unused resources, businesses often end-up paying public cloud providers for the same data multiple times (storage, transfer and compute), making them, bit for bit, the most expensive option available. What’s more, their usage-based models mean that the costs can vary drastically from month to month, making expenses unpredictable.

On-premises infrastructure is no better; cloud migration continues for good reason. Connectivity options are limited which exposes your data and applications to unexpected interruptions. Purchasing servers and other hardware requires a significant amount of upfront capital. There are also ongoing OpEx required to manage, monitor and maintain on-premises infrastructure to consider. Continuously buying new hardware, software and licenses adds up over time.

This conundrum has IT leaders feeling like they must choose between the lesser of two evils – and continue butting heads with CFOs in the process. However, there is a third option.

Consider Bare Metal Servers

When you get down to brass tacks, bare metal servers are surprisingly affordable and come with highly predictable monthly costs. They also deliver the capabilities today’s organizations require – performance, security and control.
Think about it.

A Bare Metal server is 100% dedicated to the business and designed to maximize capacity. There are no “noisy neighbors” competing for bandwidth, disk I/O, CPU and other resources.

Another plus: they’re secure and private because they’re single-tenant platforms, which is especially crucial for highly regulated industries like healthcare, FinServ and government.

Bare metal servers are also a blank slate. Businesses can configure them however they want. And with the ability to upgrade quickly and easily, organizations can stay nimble.

Arguably the best part about bare metal servers is that contracts are straightforward and flexible by default. Companies pay a set fee for the time used, and that’s it.

So the next time you’re feeling stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to advancing your digital initiatives and cutting costs, think about bare metal servers. They may just be the right solution for you (and your CFO).


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Paul Painter

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