Although there’s a good chance cloud hosting will save you a great deal of money, you could still lose money if you don’t properly budget for it. Cloud infrastructure may be a somewhat nebulous thing, but the expenses associated with it most definitely are not. The cost of hosting something on the cloud – be it a database, application infrastructure, or remote server – may not always be clear from the outset. Although many cloud vendors provide applications to help you work out the expenses on your own, there’s still a certain element of legwork – and guesswork – involved.
That said, if it’s properly managed, the cloud most definitely will save you both time and money. So…how does one go about estimating hosting costs?