Avoiding the Top Three Cloud Strategy Killers
Ease of management, no infrastructure to support, easy scaling, consumption based pricing…these are just some of the many benefits that moving to the cloud can provide. It is these benefits that have many companies adopting cloud infrastructure, platforms, and software as fast as their enthusiasm (or a credit cards in some cases) allow. The benefit of accelerating adoption of new technology using the cloud is a doubled-edged sword. It also accelerates the ability to compound problems.
Recently, in the case of a major airline, a failure to properly shift to a backup cloud after a power issue at their primary caused thousands of flights to get cancelled. More than a week later, and the airline was still sorting out all the flight cancellations.
Still not convinced? A 20 minute outage cost a major e-commerce giant nearly $4 million, which may not seem like much but accounts to over 11% of their monthly advertising budget.
It is not just outages either. Poor inter-cloud connectivity for cross platform applications, which many applications are today, particularly with 3rd party integration or plugins can be a slow and painful revenue drag. Going back to the e-commerce vertical for just a moment, a 1 second delay in page load time can cost them nearly $1.5 billion a year.
Simply put, the speed of cloud adoption can be a benefit or a curse. Having a strategy for addressing the top challenges often encountered can help ensure that your organization maximizes the benefits that cloud adoption can provide. These issues may not seem exciting, but then again most things that cause the majority of problems usually are not—which is why they do not get addressed. So without further ado, the top three most common challenges with cloud adoption are:
- Not having a documented operational plan: Do you have a documented plan for how you manage the cloud platforms your company uses? Rapid adoption means cutting corners becomes easier. Everything from documenting how a new application or instance was configured, backup and BCP, tools and technologies used to manage, or passwords and access control. If you do not think about these types of items ahead of time, you do so at your own peril.
- Ignoring cloud-to-cloud or site-to-site connectivity: Have you considered how your clouds will connect with each other? Will there be confidential data flowing across the Internet? How about your branch office users, IT staff, and business users? Have a plan on to get secure and reliable communications between your various clouds and sites and make sure it can be scaled and managed easily. With SD-WAN, implementing this should be quick and painless.
- Failing to measure performance: What gets measured gets managed, and if you cannot see everything from network performance to the end user experience, you are flying blind, subject to the weather on the Internet in most cases. Performance issues are more common today than ever before and unless you have the tools, processes, and people to prove otherwise, cloud vendors will point their figure somewhere outside of their environment as the root cause.
Cloud platforms continue to change and accelerate the world we work in, and with a little extra thoughtfulness, your company can benefit from all that these platforms have to offer while mitigating and managing the risks in moving at speed.
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