Cloud Strategy

Cloud Strategy
What’s the definition of Hybrid Cloud and Multi Cloud?

Top Answer : When people first started talking about hybrid cloud, the idea was...you're going to have some stuff running in some kind of private cloud, which is in your data center, but you're provisioning resources the way as if it were a real cloud. And then every now and then you burst out to the public cloud. I think that was the image that people had of it, five or six years ago. One of the things that I'm seeing now is “pretend cloud, fake cloud.”  I've got plenty of customers right now, who have good, solid business requirements to run in the cloud.  They've got an application that's a big hairball that was originally written 30 years ago.  They are not going to be doing containerized microservices anytime soon. So if we can just lift and shift that big monster and drop it down in a cloud, they get some benefits of efficiency.  They get some benefit of being able to handle seasonal workloads in a more effective way than they are right now. And it's more automated than a managed service. I think originally somebody would say hybrid cloud, and it was really a managed service. There's some humans in another data center somewhere.  But what I'm seeing now is a real demand and an honest business need for… not fake cloud, maybe halfway cloud, but it's legitimate. A good friend of mine is the CIO at a very small specialty clothing manufacturer. She brings in a VP of Development or IT Architect or whatever his title is, and he's like, "Oh, there's this cloud tool that I used in my last job. We're going to use that for XYZ function." But she’s going, "Well, we already started using the CRM over here." She's getting really upset because she's like, "I've got five clouds now, and I'm not feeling good about it. I am feeling really exposed on data integrity. Do I lay down the law and say, 'You can't go off running around, picking any new cloud you want for any old application you want'?" And mind you this as a small company.  They’re not having committees do evaluations of things. So she's very frustrated with a multi-cloud situation, some of which she's inherited and some of which has kind of happened organically and now she's regretting it.

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Does multi-cloud solve for vendor lock-in?

Top Answer : Vendor lock-in has been a sales tool since Unix.  People were out there selling Unix...“it's open. You're not tied to a vendor.” And well, guess what? Lie. So that's been going on forever and sales reps continue to use it as, "Oh, you can avoid vendor lock-in." And I'm like, "Are people really hopping around platforms?" I mean, how many times does somebody go, "Oh, I'm out of here?" It doesn't happen.

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What are the switching costs from moving from one cloud vendor to the other?  Can vendor lock-in ever be valuable?

Top Answer : I've been on the end of being told to run the script that costs a quarter million dollars, and it's not a fun experience. It's like, "Hi, can I get that request in triplicate, and double approved?" Because you're going to cry when you get the bill. So it really comes down to two drivers.  One, where you’re going, "Ooh shiny! I have to be in the cloud because it's the thing." I hear that every single day from people that work in more traditional industries like banking and finance. Finance for the most part, but also people that have lots of compliance issues, or reporting, or get to deal with auditors. Especially when you have you're on the edge of a finding against you. And it's because someone spoke incorrectly or did not interpret the same thing in the same way. Then, you also have the mandate of, "I must do it this one way,” and not every problem is the same. And sometimes you have benefits by using certain technologies. And you have additional cost by paying for that 10, 20, 30, 100 milliseconds latency that you incur.  Those are all business and technical decisions that have to be negotiated. I think the huge problem is that people don't talk about these things when they make a lot of these decisions.

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