How to fail at public cloud
Public cloud is the future, but don’t take our word for it… Gartner predicted that the worldwide public cloud services market would grow by 16.5% in 2016 alone,while IDC forecast a 19.4% compound annual growth rate from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019.
But like any ‘of-the-moment’ trends, it’s easier to not bother getting engaged with public cloud than it is to succeed in doing so, Unlike most trends, however, there’s a massive amount at stake.
Let’s consider your organisational culture. How you think about buying and budgeting for IT spend needs to evolve before you can make any major move to the cloud. That includes so-called Shadow IT, such as Dropbox. (Even with the free version, there are security implications.)
In addition, it may not be cheaper overall to move to the cloud if you are running workloads 24 hours a day and don’t make any adjustments – indeed, it may even cost you more. So in order to please your finance department, right-sizing is mandatory, as is a clear analysis of which operations are best suited to running in the cloud.
A sanity check on whether it’s fair to expect public cloud to be cheaper than an on-premises solution when it removes the time and hassle needed to run the latter might also be a good idea.
A couple of other things to consider are potential latency issues caused by your data not residing in the same location as all of your applications, and governance, risk and compliance – if structured efficiently by experts in the field, this can be alleviated and become a real asset to your organisation.
Cloud can offer benefits for those who identify and address potential hurdles upfront. The true winners, though, are those who also recognise and make full use of the agility of the cloud, where you have resources on demand but only when you need them.
When you successfully marry that with agile product development, you are not simply doing cloud, you are positively winning at it.