By Richard Seroter, Senior Product Manager. Find Richard on Twitter
Can you understand what you just paid your cloud provider for? Did your accounting staff have to invest significant amounts of time deciphering the costs and figuring out how to bill each department for their usage? There is often an unexpected human cost of cloud computing and billing is one area where you may end up frustrated if you don’t have a plan in place. At CenturyLink Cloud, we’re trying to ensure that our customers have an easy to understand bill that can be consumed in multiple ways.
There are five focus areas of our billing approach, and we believe that you should look for these from ANY cloud provider you work with.
1. Embrace the dynamic nature of the cloud
Paying for resources in the cloud is unlike anything that enterprise IT has experienced before. Unlike traditional servers where you pay an upfront cost, cloud servers are pay-as-you go and resizable on the fly. Need to double the CPU on a database server during an intense processing period? It’s easy, but it alters the cost of the server as originally provisioned. Cloud servers are inherently easy to create, easy to delete, and easy to scale. This can wreak havoc on financial...