The Public Cloud presents several amazing benefits to Enterprises
Focus on business, not datacenters. Public Cloud allows IT to spend less time racking servers, changing disk drives and upgrading microcode - activities that provide almost no value to the business. Instead, IT can now work on problems that accelerate time to market, increase resiliency, lower costs and increase revenues.
Stop Guessing, Get Infinite Scale. With on-premise infrastructure, starting a new project usually means that you need to do capacity planning for an application that doesn't exist yet - that's not capacity planning, that's guessing. The Public Cloud's near infinite scale lets you start developing and deploying the application on the minimum amount of infrastructure and scale up as you go.
Finally achieve Infrastructure as code. Automation is hard. Automating a hodge podge of proprietary technology across multiple infrastructure teams is nearly impossible. Public Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services have architecture templating systems like Cloud Formations that let you define required infrastructure in a simple recipe document and deploy infrastructure without touching a thing. This increases speed and reduces errors.
But with these benefits, there are also challenges
Shadow IT happens, and IT is left holding bag. Because cloud infrastructure is easy to deploy in small scale and it requires no financial commitment, it is common for business users and developers to start projects without IT's knowledge. But, inevitably, when the application becomes important to the business or too expensive to support, it is transitioned to IT. IT is left to consolidate accounts, standardize the architecture and optimize the spend.
Security risks introduced by sloppy design. Starting small, and starting fast has advantages. But is also brings certain liabilities. Applications built without a defined security architecture are destined to be vulnerable to threats.
Cloud Server Sprawl. When we started deploying virtual servers in the last decade, we could finally affordably support the business' need for speed. But cheap virtual servers built quickly led to server sprawl and a management nightmare. This sprawl would continue until we ran out of space to host the new VMs. Then, finally, we could get the business to clean up zombie servers. But in the public cloud, there is no such governor. AWS provides near infinite space for new servers and data. Cloud Server Sprawl can become an even bigger problem than Virtual Server Sprawl ever was.
The CLOUD SHIFT Strategies solution:
Our Cloud Portal consolidates without impeding Shadow IT The CLOUD SHIFT Strategies Cloud Portal makes easy work of consolidating any number of AWS accounts that might own resources and brings them under a single view for management and accounting purposes. This can be done with zero disruption to the account owner or the services running under that account. Additionally, the account owner can continue to provision resources in the native cloud console, native CLI or with native APIs.
Our Managed Services can ensure ongoing security and compliance Maintaining security while multiple departments are deploying resources can be a challenge. Our managed services can keep an eye on deployments in the public cloud to ensure that they meet the best practices of the cloud provider and your company's standards.
Our Optimization Services can reduce cloud server sprawl CLOUD SHIFT Strategies provides optimization services that will help identify areas of under-utilization and waste. We'll make specific recommendations on ways to reduce cloud server sprawl, increase utilization and efficiency and lower costs.