The public cloud has the potential to offer businesses of all sizes much in terms of speed, flexibility, scalability, cost reduction, ease of maintenance and improved security.
However, getting it right is anything but trivial.
Not only is the starting point different from one IT department to the next in terms of what is virtualised and what it is running on, but so is the potential endgame in terms of which cloud service provider (CSP) or combination thereof is the best fit. Even within the realms of one cloud service provider, making the right selection that matches demand with the best available supply is difficult, given the complexity of their catalogues.
As cloud costs rise in a dramatic and seemingly unmanageable fashion for most companies, we hear far too often that the main cloud service providers were so easy to get into, yet so difficult to get out of. And then there’s the “what stays on-prem and what goes into the cloud?” discussion to be had. Followed by “what catalogue selection gives the best match from a resource requirement perspective to ensure the best performance at the lowest cost?”
The reality is that IT never truly becomes simplified, just different. A callous outsider might suggest that this is how everyone is kept in a job, but the truth is simply that demands and requirements change as available options evolve. As public cloud reshapes how much of technology is delivered, how the IT department is structured, what skills it needs and what technologies and tools it requires, have to change in step.
For organisations that have moved all or part of their business to the cloud, it is all too easy to assume the cloud will prove both optimal for simplifying day-to-day administration and in terms of cost savings. But this would be a dangerous assumption

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