April 5, 2017
A recent survey of over 1,000 organizations found that 89% are utilizing a public cloud computing platform as part of their IT strategy (Rightscale). Along with the increase in adoption, the public cloud market grew over 17% in 2016 alone – up to $208.6 billion (Gartner). Numbers like this don’t lie. Cloud computing is here to stay, and it is fostering a cataclysmic shift in the IT industry.
Overall, it seems that the cloud has gone from a divisive buzzword, to a plausible option, to near necessity in today’s IT. This transformation has been inevitable because of the empowerment that comes with cloud computing. For starters, the cloud has the capability to level the playing field. Whether you’re a Fortune 100 global leader in technology, or a start-up with a half-dozen employees – the cloud enables innovation and agility all the same. There is no longer a need to invest significant capital expense on hardware and infrastructure in order to explore an idea or solution that can provide value. It’s now a free trial in the public cloud of your choice.
The potential business value also continues to climb as the cloud has continued to evolve. What might be called the “traditional” cloud, in the form of web hosting, virtual machines and archival storage; has given way to more software-defined concepts such as IaaS, PaaS, containers, and IoT. These growing aspects of today’s cloud provide a blank canvas to anyone with an idea, making it easier than ever to create and deploy solutions in a cost-effective manner. Make no mistake, this is all great for the business. Embracing the cloud can create new revenue streams, provide business intelligence with data warehousing and analytics, and all while eliminating the much of the costs associated with traditional IT solutions.
With the unmistakable upside to a solid cloud strategy, OST is finding there is a flip side that can catch many organizations off guard. An idea comes to fruition quicker than ever in the cloud. The project sprints from concept to prototype, to beta and is often in pseudo-production before the rest of the organization has even had a chance to understand it.
In many cases, this can leave the enterprise having to play catch up. The rapid lifecycle of cloud solutions often times mean they have a tendency to go around enterprise controls, policies and guidelines. You don’t want to find out the answer to “Are we backing this up?” the hard way, for example.
Ultimately, in a situation where the enterprise is playing catch up to an innovative cloud solution – the focus has to be working with the business as an ally. Work together to find out what components of a cloud solution affect the business if they are unavailable. What performance metrics are critical to track for end-user experience? Which datasets would cause the most downtime if it were lost or corrupted? How can we make sure our solution is secure? Does anyone even know if we have an issue?
It is never easy to answer these questions retroactively on a production cloud solution – but it’s not impossible! This is where OST can add tremendous value. Leveraging skills across design, application development, and enterprise datacenter technologies, OST can help uncover which questions your organization should be asking. Working together, we’ll then help with formulating answers to these questions. Regardless of the challenges your organization may be facing with its cloud strategy, OST can custom tailor a solution to your needs. We have expert application architects who can help streamline CI and CD development processes. Or maybe you’re in need of an experienced Datacenter Solutions team that can design and implement an environment with performance and scalability in mind. Maybe you don’t want to worry about any of it, and our Managed Services team can maintain systems and cloud environments for you using automation, custom alerting and 24/7 incident response.
Whether surrounding development, design, or simply keeping the lights on for a cloud solution – the answers will be different for each organization. Together, we’ll work to make sure the enterprise can catch up to the cloud. After all, we’re in the race together.