Join Lynn Langit for an in-depth discussion in this video Cost management, part of Cloud Computing Career Paths and Certifications: First Steps.
- I just want to re-emphasize at this point in the course this idea of cloud cost management being a totally new job. The idea here is, in the past, when we were building solutions on premises and we had physical hardware and we had software licenses, we did have roles around controlling those costs. Sometimes were part of somebody's job, an IT pro's job or network admin's job, sometimes we had an on-premise licensing specialist because the world of cloud is completely different in that you are renting the services rather than buying them.
The pricing models are completely different and this is a secret area in cloud that it really has a lot of possibilities for your career. If you can understand, for example, the difference between Amazon On Demand pricing, Spot pricing, and Reserve pricing for EC2 virtual machines, you can literally save companies tens of thousands of dollars if they have large-scale deployments in production and you can make yourself very valuable for your own career and for your company. So it's extremely important to understand the pricing models and in larger scale projects, people who have worked, maybe not even in traditional technical fields, they've worked in analytics or on the business side, can come into the cloud projects and can help save money.
I'll give you a little story from the real world. I was actually working with a startup in Southern California and they didn't have anybody paying attention to costs and they were spending tens of thousands of dollars on unused EC2 instances and this is a really common situation, not only on Amazon but on many of the clouds and as part of the work that I did to help them to control costs around the project, we actually identified this job and they hired a person into it and she saved them over a million dollars in a year. So this is really an opportunity area if you can gain expertise as either part of your job or really could be a complete job so I wanted to call it out especially here.
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