A multitude of factors influence any organization's decision on whether or not to move their data and computing to the cloud, including efficiency, collaboration, security, and of course, cost. Amazon Web Services (AWS) just announced the launch of a new Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator aimed at helping customers make the decision to move to the cloud.
AWS obviously has a strong interest in showing customers the cost savings involved in cloud computing, but their TCO calculator can still be a valuable tool for any organization looking to make this decision. The calculator has a basic and advanced version, but both versions require knowledge of your processors per server, cores per processor, type of storage, etc. as well as overall server and storage numbers.
Both version are very quick, taking only a couple of minutes to complete depending on how extensive your current network is, and result in a detailed report that shows cost comparisons, but also the calculations, assumptions and methodology behind the comparison.
The detail contained in that section could be the most valuable aspect of the TCO calculator. AWS makes their reasoning and pricing very transparent, and the fully detailed breakdown makes it easy for customers to see if they need to adjust the estimated costs to fit their organization.
Cost isn’t the only important factor in determining whether or not to move to the cloud, and AWS is not the only cloud computing partner to consider, but their new TCO calculator is a great starting point for any organization looking to make this decision.