Run workloads where it makes the most senseBy Barry McMahon,
I read a quote recently, from 2009, which stated:
the future of cloud computing lies not in the extremes (private or public), but like any other IT trend, it lies in the middle (private and public)
and this is because
…..the objective is to run workloads where it makes the most sense at technology and/or business level.
Some will say this quote is dependent on how long a business has been established. Often you will find mature businesses favour a Private Cloud solution, whereas, newer businesses appreciate how cost effective and scalable the Public Cloud is.
In my opinion, many organisations will need a mix of public and private – the Hybrid cloud – depending on their business demands. There is no one size fits all solution.
Public evolving to Hybrid
Those who favour the public cloud will take full advantage of scaling quickly and consolidating quickly so that they have full control on costs – being lean and highly efficient with money is important for a young business. This is also the reason why, in their future, they will need to leverage private or dedicated cloud solutions to complement their existing public cloud business model. There comes a point where:
- Over a period of time, the cost of public cloud may become prohibitive,
- Hosting static, always-on, workloads in a public cloud may not make sense as the cost benefit of PAYG may not add up,
- Depending on what you use the Public Cloud for, and the applications you are running, performance might not be optimal for your requirements,
- and finally, as your business matures, do you want your highly skilled people managing infrastructure, or adding value to the business at the application layer and above?
The above points are only a sample of considerations why a business that favours public cloud today may wish to add private cloud and/or managed services to their estate in the future.
Private evolving to Hybrid
Those who favour private cloud do so as it is in line with what they would have been used to traditionally; single tenant private infrastructure. The challenge with private dedicated infrastructure is that while performance may be guaranteed, there are down sides. Investments in new business requirements can be quite significant and can take time to get CapEx approval sometimes resulting in 9+ months to go from investment to operational. Another challenge is the utilisation of the new dedicated equipment; if the forecasted demand for the new infrastructure is not met, then the return on investment can be quite lengthy. Before investing in a dedicated private cloud, perhaps consider the following:
- Could you upgraded to new applications that are ‘Cloud Aware’ or built for the cloud that could significantly increase productivity?
- If you look across your IT landscape, is it necessary to have all applications sitting on dedicated infrastructure?
- If you are looking to expand into international markets, which model (cloud or dedicated) adds more risk to the venture?
- What business impact do you see new technologies having on your current and future business models?
In summary, nearly all businesses require a balance between Public and Private Clouds. This ensures businesses can take advantage of the cost effective and scalable nature of the Public Cloud, and also have the security and performance of the Private Cloud.
Creating the Hybrid solution
The real challenge is the integration of Public and Private cloud solutions with existing business infrastructure to enable a business run workloads where it makes most sense. The market has many pure play providers offering private cloud only, public cloud only, co-location only, network connectivity only, equipment only, and then there are service integrators who add an additional layer.
What if you could have one partner who could help with the Hybrid cloud strategy, the integration of existing infrastructure with new services, and provide the network to connect your services where ever they may be?
If this sounds advantageous feel free to contact us today.