Cost Modeling for SoftLayer

  • Model SoftLayer Costs For On-Prem Workloads

    • Translating in-house VM costs to IBM Cloud Costs

      If you are planning on migrating internal VMs to IBM Cloud then the first step is to determine the closest equivalent cloud templates for your on-prem VMs.

      Akasia CloudView reduces your cost calculation to 2 simple steps and under a minute by automatically presenting the closest equivalent templates in SoftLayer, and the costs associated with the templates.

      Akasia CloudView also calculates hidden cloud costs arising from IOPS and network bandwidth utilization that are typically free on-prem, but incur charges in the cloud.

      View the ongoing costs of your existing VMs if they were to migrate to IBM Cloud – Baremetal or VPC. Compare these costs to the ongoing costs of running the VMs in other clouds.

    • Right-Sizing to Save Costs in IBM Cloud

      Not all resources allocated to a VM are typically utilized. Enterprises may choose to only migrate used capacity as opposed to allocated capacity and save 30-60% costs in the cloud.

      Akasia analyzes and displays allocated vs. used resources for each VM and allows the user to view costs in IBM Cloud for allocated (1-1 mapping) and used (right-sized) resources.

      The screenshot shows the different templates and storage options selected for the VMs, and the savings from right-sizing per month.

    • Adding Advanced IBM Cloud Services

      Once you have mapped in-house VMs to IBM Cloud templates, the next step is to add advanced services such as
      – OS
      – Storage
      – Firewalls
      – Load balancers
      – Monitoring
      – Backup
      – etc.

      Akasia CloudView shows you the IBM Cloud catalog conveniently within your cost management dashboard to allow you to model a complete environment for cost planning for your migration or DR to IBM Cloud

      IBM SoftLayer Catalog
    • Add Cloud Migration Costs and Other Costs

      Step 3 is to add Cloud Migration Costs, administration costs and other costs to flesh out all the costs associated with migrating as well as operating your workloads in SoftLayer.

      In the example here, the cloud migration costs are $3,000, administration costs are $750 per month and other costs are $50 per month.


    • Costs Comparison Summary

      In the Summary page you can now compare the full costs involved in running your workload in-premise, migrating it to IBM SoftLayer and the monthly costs of running the workload in SoftLayer.

      The onetime costs to migrate the 3 VMs to SoftLayer is $3,000. The monthly costs of running the 3 VMs in SoftLayer is $1294.08. The in-prem costs of running the same 3 VMs is $738.34.

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  • Want to Learn More?

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      This white paper describes our plan for cloud and cost optimization methodology and also details a customer case study.

      Learn how you can measure the cost of running each workload for the purposes of:

      - optimizing the infrastructure to save costs

      - planning for migrations of workloads to other platforms/sites/clouds

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