Calculate your cloud costs with this simple formula


“Cloudops” is the latest buzzword. Its meaning is simple: the ability to operate workloads, including both applications and data, once they get to the public cloud.

What’s not so simple is figuring out what cloudops will cost over time, both based on future changes in technology costs and on adding or deleting workloads from the public cloud. 

The good news is that the back-of-the-napkin calculation to get started with is straightforward, once you’ve determined the values of a few basic variables:

  • NW: Number of workloads under cloudops
  • CW: Complexity of workloads (on a scale of 1.01 to 2.0)
  • SR: Security requirements (on a scale of 100 to 500)
  • MR: Monitoring requirements (on a scale of 100 to 500)
  • COM: Cloudops multiplier (on a scale of 1,000 to 10,000), based on resources used, including the cost of cloud services and the cost of people

The typical calculation looks like this: