Originally posted on https://totaluptime.com/guess-what-the-cloud-isnt-perfect/
A few years ago, Gartner predicted that more than $1 trillion in IT spending would be directly impacted by the shift to cloud and that 25% of all software spending would shift to the cloud. They stated that by 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today. This is clearly coming to fruition, I’m sure you would agree.
A Corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy.
There are a number of reasons for this. Due to the intense global competitiveness of today’s global markets, companies must leverage their IT teams to find innovative ways to shorten the time-to-value of new services and applications. This transformation is also being driven by users as well the consumerization of IT. But today’s mass migration to the cloud isn’t without its challenges.
When we examine the manner in which applications were deployed in the previous decades, it should be no surprise that the cloud is now dominating the IT landscape. The process of deploying a new application in the past has been slow, cumbersome and expensive. Using a fictitious example, if the marketing department came to IT about a new application, the deployment process went something like this:
As a result, the deployment process for the new application took months and as a result, there is a good chance that the marketing department may have lost an opportunity that would have benefited the company.
The initial deployment process was only the beginning however. IT personnel would be required to support the underlying hardware infrastructure by updating firmware and keeping the designated operating systems patched. Time-consuming migrations would be required at some point due to the underlying hardware-reaching end-of-life or resource demand would exceed existing capacity.
The entire process proved very costly, requiring substantial upfront investment for the initial hardware. The organizations IT talent spent their day consumed with the mundane tasks of supporting it all rather than utilize their time and knowledgebase on value added projects.
Cloud is all about speed, agility, elasticity and cost savings. It is about extreme flexibility, especially when you consider subscription-based models, many of which even bill by the second. No doubt it is enticing.
By using the cloud to deliver as your primary deployment mechanism for your applications, marketing can have developers coding the new application within hours upon making the initial request to IT. This is but one example of how cloud computing allows companies to instantly respond to new opportunities or disruptions as well as unforeseen demand peak in usage.
There is an incorrect assumption that by moving everything to the cloud, IT problems will completely disappear. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In our article 4 Cloud Gotchas to Avoid, we address four key assumptions:
Here at Total Uptime we speak to customers on a daily basis who made these assumptions and then had to retroactively make a few corrections. If organizations consider the ramifications prior to making the move and implement an Enhanced Internet Delivery platform (like ours, of course), migrations will be significantly easier, and greater control will result in the end.
The benefits of utilizing the cloud to deliver your enterprise applications goes far beyond the actual deployment process. Clearly there are management benefits as well, and despite its faults, there are still many benefits to outweigh the drawbacks.
With the right tools in front of your favorite cloud provider(s), on-prem or datacenter infrastructure, unprecedented availability, performance and security of your applications is easily attainable. But simply moving to the cloud doesn’t solve any problems. In fact, moving to the cloud without pre-thinking how you will control your multi-cloud or hybrid-cloud infrastructure might result in more headaches than you can imagine.
Even the smallest of organizations can now afford the luxury of high availability that in the past was only obtainable to the largest of enterprises. High availability means having the ability to avoid costly downtime and offer an optimal user experience to everyone. Solutions are available today that allow you to not only fail over or load balance multiple servers or apps at one or more cloud providers, but send traffic to devices in different geographical regions to deliver a better experience for users.
Even though you may not host the actual supporting infrastructure any longer, with solutions like that offered by Total Uptime, you can still retain total control of your application traffic, directing it from one cloud to another when performance or availability suffer.
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