Cloud cost control also a challenge for small businesses and freelancers

DAVID GEWIRTZ | March 5, 2019

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In his Monday Morning Opener this week, ZDNet Editor-in-Chief Larry Dignan discussed how cloud cost control is becoming a leading issue for enterprise. There is sticker shock when moving to the cloud, but Larry pointed out that because of a lack of cost controls, many companies aren't taking advantage of available discounts. As a small business owner, I've experienced some cloud sticker shock as well. For me, it's not the price of moving to the cloud. Instead, it's been the fact that many cloud providers have raised their prices. None of the providers I use have had huge jumps, but lots of little increases add up as well.Take, for example, G Suite. I have five Business seats, for which I've been paying $10/month each, or $50/month. As of April, that's going to $60/month. Now, there's no doubt I get $60/month in value. We store 15 terabytes of data, and that alone makes it worth it. But still, an extra ten bucks is an extra ten bucks -- and it adds up when other services increase as well. QuickBooks Online is another good example. When we started with QuickBooks Online back in 2005, it was probably the first SaaS service we actively employed. At that time, we paid $19.95/month for what I recall was their mainstream business plan.

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