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When “The Cloud” Isn’t Right for You


When “The Cloud” Isn’t Right for You

When “The Cloud” Isn’t Right for You

January 19, 2016 – CIOs and IT Directors are facing more and more pressure to “go to the cloud.” The Federal government even has a Cloud First initiative where agencies are required to look at moving applications and workload to the cloud. Despite this pressure, many IT leaders are still skeptical about moving mission applications into commercial and off premises cloud environments. Public facing web applications and Email services have been the “low hanging fruit” for many organizations to move to the cloud, but the appetite changes when it comes to mission applications and workloads. The reasons for skepticism are varied, and all are valid:

  • Security – Several organizations require advanced security (often because of regulatory compliance) that commercial cloud providers simply don’t offer. In some cases, when data is extremely sensitive, IT executives are just more apt to shoulder the risk themselves.
  • Applications – Most legacy applications weren’t designed with the cloud in mind. The applications cannot be virtualized, let alone migrated to cloud. The costs to re-architect often outweigh the benefits that would be achieved.
  • Transparency and Visibility – It can be very difficult to see where your data resides once it is moved to a cloud or generated in a cloud environment.
  • Network Capacity and Latency – Off premises cloud environments require a strong, capable network. Traditional on premises solutions significantly cut down the load that a network must bear. When you are leveraging the Internet to access cloud resources, latency can become a major problem. Some organizations’ networks simply can’t handle the bandwidth requirements that a cloud brings.
  • Cost: The cloud is here to bring cost savings; however, the total organizational cost to migrate and operate an application in the cloud may not outweigh the option of leaving it on your premises. Sometimes the benefits of the cloud do not outweigh the costs and it is a smarter financial decision to leave applications alone.
  • Organizational Culture: Oftentimes, IT organizations have grown over many years and support a wide variety of services for the business. The culture within these organizations can be difficult to change. There are many moving parts including the CIO, IT organization, executive team and cross functional business units. With the cloud, business is no longer done “as usual,” and jobs can be at stake. This change is a difficult and challenging one to make.

Does any of this sound familiar? If so, there are other options where you can gain all of the advantages of “the cloud,” but maintain your application on premises, within your own environment. We believe that the cloud is about having access to the technology that you need, when you need it. You can gain all of the advantages that the cloud has to offer without leaving your own data center, within your own facilities. An on premises cloud is a solution that enables you to expand your current technology capabilities whenever you need, without spending extra money when you don’t. Leveraging Infrastructure as a Service models on premises provide you with significant advantage of cloud computing and mitigate the risks and barriers discussed above. By cloud-enabling your own data centers you are not locked into specific computing models or environments, and maintain transparency into your information technology and flexibility to manage and allocate the resources you need when you need them.