The simplicity of provisioning storage in the cloud leads to another hidden cost, according to Elliott. One of the reasons organizations love cloud storage is that they pay only for what they use, in theory anyway. But that’s true only if you work to maintain efficiency. While most organizations strive to maintain a storage utilization rate above 50 percent, cloud storage utilization is much lower: a mere 17 percent on average.
The important thing to note is that hidden charges are never truly hidden. Instead, by carefully learning about potential added-cost pitfalls, administrators can be on the lookout for, and properly architect around, these areas.