Private cloud deployments can offer a ton of benefits to companies that leverage them. As with any investment, however, there are going to be costs associated with the move. But as Stephen Bigelow of TechTarget pointed out, understanding the costs of the enterprise cloud before implementation can reduce capital investment and provide a better cloud experience.
A very easy way to reduce private cloud costs is to better manage the deployment of hypervisors needed for the virtualized servers that are heading to the cloud. Each hypervisor vendor licensing deal is different, so businesses must be careful to select the best deal that will support the plan for cloud deployment. Bigelow recommended searching for bundles that include not only the hypervisor but management tools as well.
Companies must also decide when to add licenses when trying to expand their systems. For some businesses, it could be cost-efficient to buy all the licenses that will eventually be needed right away. For others, buying just the necessary ones and waiting to purchase others could be the more frugal choice. It is also possible to cut costs by leveraging multiple hypervisors.
"Being comfortable with alternative hypervisors provides businesses with some leverage to negotiate licenses and support terms," wrote Bigelow.
Bigelow addressed when businesses should use multiple hypervisors in a virtual environment in a separate TechTarget post. One of the biggest benefits of using two hypervisor vendors is to prevent being locked in to a licensing deal. Companies are also able to gain experience using different ones just in case the landscape of the business changes.
Companies may also need a second hypervisor if their primary one doesn't offer features that the business needs to scale up its systems. Bigelow mentioned that one of the major reasons to add another hypervisor is in the case of deploying a private cloud, as hypervisors may not support the move.