As businesses use the cloud their hope is that they will be able to use it in the most effective way possible. In 2013 more companies will be looking for ways that they can not only use the cloud, but optimize the cloud in order to get the most use out of it.

While optimizing the cloud to respond to demands in real time is beneficial to companies, it is also challenging work. To help overcome this challenge CIO.com has listed 5 truths to optimizing cloud usage:

  1. There is a thin line between business and operations: cloud implementation used to be seen as another IT cost item, but cloud services have since opened an opportunity to pay for IT consumption.
  2. Improving management requires tools: it is important to have tools to view and measure your cloud usage; for example, pure costing and reliability measurement tools.
  3. Many business perspectives on cloud costs: it is beneficial to have a dynamic view that links cloud expenditures with specific cost structures. This will help businesses understand which cloud expenditures are most important for them.
  4. Deeper visibility into cloud resources: gaining better visibility to the cloud helps IT to better align cloud expenditures to business goals and budget allocations.
  5. Operational best practices vs. business specific needs: CIOs want more visibility and knowledge of what is happening in the cloud so they can respond to issues with minimal disruption to business continuity.

Do you agree that keeping these truths in mind while optimizing the cloud will help you overcome the challenges you will face, making these truths ripe? Or do you believe that these truths are hype when it comes to optimizing the cloud?

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