Most sources telling us how to reduce Google Cloud Platform bills focus on three main exercises - rightsizing compute engine VM instances, terminating zombie assets, and taking advantage of Committed Use discounts. However, to further reduce Google Cloud Platform bills, there are other measures you can take.
Many businesses already take advantage of Google’s cloud management tools in order to identify candidates for rightsizing and termination, and to find where compute engine VM instances may be suitable for Committed Use discounts. However, these are not the only factors that can contribute to higher-than-anticipated Google Cloud Platform bills.
Some businesses overlook opportunities to further reduce Google Cloud Platform bills by ignoring areas such as unattached persistent discs, object storage in the wrong cost tier, and non-production VM instances left running when they are not required.
Knowing how to reduce Google Cloud Platform bills is one thing, knowing how to do it without creating performance and security issues is another. Downsizing the capacity of assets for the sake of reducing costs without understanding the relationships between them could impact performance, while randomly terminating assets can create issues with regard to application and data security.
Even when it is possible to reduce Google Cloud Platform bills without creating performance and security issues, maintaining the cost reduction can still be time-consuming. Not only do the existing assets need to be monitored for changes in utilization, but also new assets, their relationships with your existing assets, and any changes to working practices as the business expands its presence in the cloud.
To save time and money monitoring assets, many businesses implement a cloud management solution such as CloudHealth that monitors utilization, costs, performance, and costs, and that uses policy-driven automation to notify you to events that might result in an overspend, a performance issue, or a security risk that could create a problem if not attended to - effectively hands-free Google Cloud management.
CloudHealth is a user-friendly cloud management solution that collects data from every source to give you complete visibility of your IT infrastructure. Once collected and collated, the solution analyzes the data to produce recommendations about how to best reduce Google Cloud Platform bills without creating performance or security issues. CloudHealth will also alert you to security issues unrelated to reducing your cloud costs.
Once assets have been optimized, you can maintain the optimized state by applying policies to govern the IT infrastructure. For example, CloudHealth will monitor budgets and alert you to potential overspends, or let you know when utilization increases or falls so you can reconfigure assets to better cope with increases or decreases in demand. CloudHealth will even notify you when new generation assets are made available by Google that are less expensive and better performing.
In addition to helping reduce Google Cloud Platform bills without creating performance issues, CloudHealth can help you govern the IT infrastructure using the same policy-driven automation. For example, CloudHealth´s Health Check will alert you to security issues such as unauthorized open ports, unencrypted storage volumes, and misconfigured assets, and give you the tools to prevent users launching non-conforming assets or accessing accounts from unrecognized IP addresses.