Businesses are moving workloads to the cloud to enable new processes and unlock new value, promoting process efficiency, collaboration, and insight. Moving to public clouds can not only provide significant financial and time savings but also allows you to redirect resources to focus on new projects that service your customers and grows your business.
But private clouds, on the other hand, offer benefits for business users that include greater control over servers, allowing them to be tailored to your own preferences and in-house styles, as well as the potential for greater security when you are legally required to use secure internal storage for consumer data.
But it doesn’t have to be a case of one or the other. A hybrid cloud can offer a holistic approach to the consumption of IT services, one that matches the right solution to the right job. Regardless of which approach you take—private, public or hybrid—each has its own set of integration and management challenges.
There have been many misconceptions and myths related to all aspects the cloud services, many formed from the fear of taking risks and embarking on new and innovative ideas. To help you stay informed and to keep your fear at bay, we created the Cloud Manager’s Guide to Cloud Myths and Realities, where we discuss some of the myths surrounding the various cloud platforms, helping you to avoid the major pitfalls as you prepare your IT organization for migration to a cloud infrastructure.
Below, I have highlighted just three of these myths, but download the guide to read the complete list, and see what could potentially be slowing down your organization’s IT goals, and where the benefits that can truly make an impact within your organization can be gained.
MYTH: Moving to the public cloud is all about the total cost of ownership
While lowering the total cost of ownership and freeing your business of the expense of owning and maintaining infrastructure is a definite advantage for certain applications and workloads, public cloud computing can also accelerate business transformation through agility, innovation, scalability and faster time to market.
It is also important to understand, however, that while IT resource consumption is flexible in a public cloud environment, the contract underlying those services may not be as flexible. Picking the right instance type is vital for cost savings: each instance needs to be just powerful enough for the workload it will run.
A cloud management platform assists in minimizing public cloud costs, allowing you to track and control your public cloud spending
MYTH: Converting to any form of cloud computing can be expensive
Many organizations, concerned about the cost of adopting cloud-based applications, start incrementally. They first offload applications such as email, word processing, or data storage to a cloud infrastructure on a trial basis, before committing larger and more business-critical aspects of their infrastructure to a new platform.
Once an organization fully embraces cloud computing, regardless of platform, it realizes tremendous benefits, such as a reduction in complexity, a significant lowering of IT costs and more flexible and agile service delivery. However, delivering even one or two applications using a private cloud can have a major impact on both the bottom line and productivity, and you may decide that you do not need to move any data or applications to a public cloud provider.
Using a cloud management platform to reduce your public cloud spending is also key. You must pay hourly costs for running public cloud instances, and many types of workloads do not need to be running continuously. Automation can help you reduce public cloud costs significantly by configuring a power schedule for non-production instances, decommissioning instances when they’re no longer needed and matching the instance type to the workload.
MYTH: The cloud requires more IT management
This may be true initially as applications are migrated to the cloud, but once that conversion is completed, the IT team is freed from managing the software, hardware and data protection of the migrated applications and the associated data.
In fact, every application migrated to a cloud infrastructure means a reduction in maintenance costs and management overhead. Implementing self-service automation—allowing users to provision systems themselves—means that even more responsibility is removed from the IT group.
Enabling personalized self-service for IT and business users through a customizable service catalog and an on-demand user portal empowers your business and DevOps teams to quickly benefit from your private and public cloud infrastructure. Defining permissions to allow users to manage their own instances means that they can complete simple tasks themselves, freeing the IT group to focus on complex problems.