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At least some of the common attributes of cloud architectures (NIST Defn V15) are attractive to all IT Service Providers. How do you know what parts of your IT infrastructure should be considered for redeployment on a new architecture.
“What we need to succeed is a good cloud strategy!”
If this is what you are thinking or doing at the moment, then stop! Right now. The 1990′s called and they want their IT organization back. As a middle manager I remember sitting in an offsite meeting, with <insert big consulting firm> facilitating a two day workshop on developing our <insert latest fad> strategy. The end result was a magnificent slide deck and a beautifully bound color report. And then nothing happened. Even worse are the “Assessments” that inspect every detail of your people, process and technology, disrupting business as usually and costing tens of thousands. I am not against collaborative working, workshops or thinking about the future, but there has to be a short-term valuable outcome.
In a previous post “Cloud Strategy: stop or you will go blind?” I mention the need to “Start execution. Move forward” in relation to “the cloud”. The challenge for most organizations is;
The open-source movement is growing rapidly and is having a major impact on the way businesses model their IT strategies. We will examine these impacts over the next several blog posts.
One of the business areas where open source is beginning to have a noticeable effect is cloud computing. Free and open source software (FOSS) is software that is liberally licensed to grant users the right to use, study, change, and improve its design by allowing access to its source code.
Today we complete our blog series with:
Myth #5: The biggest cloud vendors are the right cloud vendors
Of course, the best vendor for almost any solution is one that is established and well-tested. However, “cloud” is a hot field. Innovation can come from both the largest vendors or from well-funded and reputable start-ups. A more logical approach is to evaluate the right solutions based on your individual business needs and goals.
As we continue series of posts on common myths on cloud and how they affect your company’s cloud strategy, today we explore:
Myth #4 – Every application should reside in “the Cloud”
While many applications are a good fit for cloud, in general, it is a good fit for applications with a fairly standard and flexible configuration. Those relying on clustered servers, for example, aren’t good fits for cloud environments where they share resources with other customers.