Cost benefits of flexible hybrid cloud storage : Mitigating volume variation with shorter acquisition cycle
Laatikainen, G., Mazhelis, O., & Tyrväinen, P. (2016). Cost benefits of flexible hybrid cloud storage : Mitigating volume variation with shorter acquisition cycle. Journal of Systems and Software, 122(December), 180-201. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2016.09.008
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Hybrid cloud storage combines cost-effective but inflexible private storage along with flexible but premium-priced public cloud storage. As a form of concurrent sourcing, it offers flexibility and cost benefits to organizations by allowing them to operate at a cost-optimal scale and scope under demand volume uncertainty. However, the extant literature offers limited analytical insight into the effect that the non-stationarity (i.e., variability) and non-determinism (i.e., uncertainty) of the demand volume – in other words, the demand variation – have on the cost-efficient mix of internal and external sourcing. In this paper, we focus on the reassessment interval – that is, the interval at which the organization re-assesses its storage needs and acquires additional resources –, as well as on the impacts it has on the optimal mix of sourcing. We introduce an analytical cost model that captures the compound effect of the reassessment interval and volume variation on the cost-efficiency of hybrid cloud storage. The model is analytically investigated and empirically evaluated in simulation studies reflecting real-life scenarios. The results confirm that shortening the reassessment interval allows volume variability to be reduced, yielding a reduction of the overall costs. The overall costs are further reduced if, by shortening the interval, the demand uncertainty is also reduced. ...