Businesses in every industry are migrating applications to the cloud to eliminate infrastructure cost and complexity, and to accelerate the pace of innovation.\u00a0Gartner projects worldwide public cloud spending to grow from $186 billion in 2018 to $303 billion in 2021, while sales of traditional on-premises compute and storage platforms decline.\r\n\r\nBy moving workloads to the cloud you can avoid capital outlays, simplify operations and free up overstretched IT staff to focus on core business activities. \u00a0But when planning a cloud migration it is important to consider the total cost of ownership for the new implementation. Popular cloud compute and storage services like AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform are notoriously complicated, with confusing service plans and convoluted pricing schemes. \u00a0Many customers have a difficult time selecting plans and forecasting costs. Surprise bills are commonplace. (AWS provides a 160+ page Billing and Cost Management User Guide with a section devoted to \u201cavoiding unexpected charges.\u201d) When you factor in all the extra fees, the long-term TCO for a cloud-based implementation can actually exceed that of an on-prem deployment.\r\n\r\nReduce Total Cost of Ownership with Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage\r\n\r\nWasabi\u2019s mission is to make cloud storage a simple and affordable commodity. \u00a0With Wasabi there are no confusing storage tiers to decipher and no complicated fee structures to decode. \u00a0You won\u2019t need a user guide to understand our pricing. We don\u2019t tack on egress charges or API access fees. One product, with predictable and straight-forward pricing, satisfies just about any cloud storage application.\r\n\r\nIf you are migrating to the cloud, you might be inclined to use a single provider for both compute and storage services. \u00a0But you can reduce recurring storage expenses, lower your overall TCO and boost storage performance with Wasabi. Wasabi hot cloud storage is 80% cheaper than Amazon\u2019s S3 storage service. \u00a0And Wasabi is significantly faster than S3\u2014even for AWS EC2 customers.\r\n\r\nWasabi works with the leading cloud compute platforms including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. \u00a0You can build and run your applications on AWS, Azure or GCP, and store your data on Wasabi. We offer direct 10\/100G connections to AWS, Azure, GCP and other clouds via partnerships with leading colocation, private network and exchange providers like Equinix, Flexential, Limelight Networks, Megaport and Internet2.\r\n\r\nStandard S3 Interface and Bulk Transfer Appliance Streamline Data Migration\r\n\r\nMoving your on-prem data to Wasabi is simple. \u00a0Wasabi is bit-compatible with Amazon\u2019s S3 API. We support hundreds of S3-compliant file management applications and data migration solutions. \u00a0You can pick the commercial products or open-source tools that best meet your particular functional needs and budget requirements. Browse our catalog of Wasabi-certified applications. \u00a0Or check out our knowledge base for information about other S3-compatible tools.\r\n\r\nWe also offer an off-line bulk-transfer appliance for customers with large data libraries and slower internet connections. \u00a0The Wasabi Ball transfer appliance makes it easy to move terabytes of data to the cloud. \u00a0Just connect the Ball to your local network, copy over your data and ship the appliance to Wasabi. \u00a0We\u2019ll upload the data onto the Wasabi cloud and scrub the appliance.\r\n\r\nIf you are planning a cloud migration, Wasabi can help you cut storage costs, avoid surprises and improve business results.