Putting SaaS Cost Control on the Map

Posted 08/02/2016 by Don Foster

According to Gartner, the number of enterprises using the cloud as a backup destination will double by 2018. But that’s just one part of the story: what’s in the cloud now is the exciting factor. No longer used just for data retention and protection, the cloud is now where a fast increasing number of critical applications reside. From Salesforce to SAP and Office 365, many vital business applications are now cloud-based. These Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications have transformed enterprises into more advanced customer-centric, efficiently operating businesses, but they come with a heavy price tag in storage and capacity costs.

The aggregate costs of these SaaS applications are consuming more of operating expense budgets. At the same time, users are expanding their reliance on SaaS applications. It poses a challenge: how do you manage these costs and control expenses, and achieve compliant data protection while your IT departments are getting requests for even more storage capacity?

At Commvault, we've been tackling these issues and we’re happy to report that you can have both: greater utility of critical applications in the cloud and a firm grip on storage costs. No need to panic. Here’s a few ways to ‘get a grip!’

Go On a Storage Diet: You can minimize SaaS application storage requirements by leveraging cloud file sharing technology with links that point back to your backup server. This also enables SaaS content to be mapped back to the managed infrastructure to meet data governance, eDiscovery and compliance requirements.

Join the ‘Delta’ Force: Looking to improve service level agreements (SLAs) performance? You can improve SLAs by tracking delta changes. This provides you with the granularity some critical SaaS applications need for rapid recovery while also providing additional infrastructure for Dev/Test operations.

Get an 'A la Carte Menu:' The cloud is not a ‘chef’s choice’ operation. You need to minimize the complexity – and cost – of cloud migrations and subsequent operational management, and work with service organizations that can support many cloud storage platforms. This will give you the a la carte menu options you need, whether your enterprise is using Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services S3, Rackspace or more than 20 others.

Think like a CFO: All checkbooks are finite, and so are IT budgets. While you’re under pressure to support more SaaS applications and increase storage, think like a CFO and look for the best price per value you can get. Right-sized pricing enables you to buy based on metrics, such as the amount of data protected, number of VMs, or number of users.

No question, SaaS applications are on the rise. With this heavier reliance on the cloud and demand for more storage, enterprises must get a grip on cost control. Through strategic choices such as looking for a high-value pricing agreement, and operational efficiencies such as leveraging cloud file sharing, enterprises can get ahead of these potentially rising costs.

Read 10 Reasons You Should Consider Commvault to learn more about the ways Commvault can help you be prepared for the technology transitions ahead.

Don Foster leads Commvault’s worldwide solutions marketing team and is a total technology enthusiast. He can often be seen speaking at industry events with customers and the analyst/press community.