There’s no getting away from the fact that cloud computing is having a profound effect on enterprise IT. This is due, in part, to once cautious executives now seeing it as a quick and easy shortcut to digital transformation. However, while some may find it a good fit, for others the brave new world of cloud computing is far from a perfect solution. Indeed many of the executives I talk to see themselves stuck in what Gartner calls the “trough of disillusionment” having rushed into the technology a little too quickly and without a full understanding of what they were buying.
It’s the cloud, stupid
There are, of course, lots of good reasons for moving at least some workloads to the cloud with by far the biggest lure being the simple on-demand delivery model on which most services are based.
Before, the cloud on-premise infrastructure teams would, typically, have to spend months justifying and purchasing the hardware, software and services they required. A task made even more arduous by having to second guess demand years in advance, with many over ordering ‘just in case’ for fear of having to go through the process all over again if they got their sums wrong.
With the cloud, that all goes out of the window. Need a couple of virtual servers, a database instance, or a hosted email server – next week, tomorrow, now? In the cloud, they can be up and running in minutes, along with all the storage and network connectivity needed to go with them and with no capital outlay required.  Moreover, with a lot of cloud platforms, you only have to pay for the resources you actually consume, making the cloud – in theory, at least – the ideal fractional computing platform on which to host digital business workloads.
Unfortunately, it often is ‘in

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