The True Costs of AWS
Saying that AWS is a giant in the cloud space is an understatement. Many are drawn to AWS because of Amazon’s sheer volume of services available, as well as a substantial amount of brand recognition. However, that doesn’t mean AWS is cost-effective for everyone. In fact, AWS can easily be more expensive than going with another cloud provider or even maintaining your own infrastructure.
AWS largely uses consumption-based billing. Your inbound and outbound bandwidth requirements dictate a substantial portion of the price, and the approach isn’t always cost-efficient nor predictable.
With the on-demand pricing model, you are charged for various AWS services by the hour. Since usage can fluctuate dramatically, anticipating your final cost is practically impossible, especially if your needs shift frequently. Ensuring that you will stay within a set budget is incredibly challenging as it turns what is traditionally a fixed cost into a variable one.
Ultimately, the pricing model itself is shockingly hard to navigate. If you need cost predictability, AWS isn’t likely to deliver.
Complexity Comes with a Price Tag
Even if you get the service costs under control, ensuring they will remain predictable and relatively affordable over time, AWS comes with an often unanticipated expense. Complexity nearly always comes with a surprise price tag. In this case, it’s the cost of finding someone who can work with AWS.
AWS is recognized for its complexity. While that means the service provides businesses with a significant amount of potential, it also means that not just anyone can make the most of it. Without proprietary education, your IT team isn’t going to be able to use AWS effectively.
When you need to hire an AWS expert, it isn’t unlike tracking down a rocket scientist. There aren’t many of them in the labor pool, so you’re going to pay a premium to secure top-notch talent. Otherwise, you’ll end up having to default to someone with a lower skill level, meaning you might not get the most out of your services.
When a critical system is complex, you lose the ability to be agile. Changes are a monumental undertaking, requiring hard-to-find specialists who command high salaries. Often, this makes AWS inconvenient and unaffordable for many smaller to mid-sized companies.
Additionally, if your organization falls under any compliance regulations, the whole process of moving to a public cloud becomes even more difficult. Take a brief look at AWS compliance overview and think whether or not you can achieve a level of required compliance internally. More than likely, this will be an additional expense that will come in the form of a third-party audit software, implementation consultants and cyber experts. Infrastructure compliance can easily take up to 20% of your monthly technology spend.
Luckily, there is another way.
Why TetherView is Different
At TetherView, we believe in simplicity and affordability. Our cloud service is designed to be an all-encompassing IT solution, allowing you to coordinate your IT resources to your genuine needs. Each solution is completely customized to your business, providing you with a private cloud that meets the most stringent security and compliance standards around.
Plus, everything is included in our flat-free pricing model. You’ll get top-tier support in an easy-to-manage solution. You always maintain full control over your environment too, giving you the transparent view into your systems that can be lacking in other solutions.
Even if you need to scale quickly, something TetherView’s cloud does with ease, you’ll be able to anticipate your costs. You’ll have access to robust IT products and leading infrastructure without having to worry that it’ll ever break the bank.
At TetherView, we believe that comprehensive IT solutions shouldn’t require proprietary education to operate. Instead, we think simplicity should always be the name of the game.
If you would like to learn more about TetherView’s cloud services, get in touch with our team today. You’ll be glad you did.