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No one can hear you complain about the promises made and not kept in the cloud. Migration to the cloud is usually a deliberative process – one that you tend to stick with for at least a meaningful period of time; The sunk costs are financial and temporary.
This is why it is generally a good idea that migration to the cloud is not a single or complete process. It’s about leaving your organization room for wiggle room – doing your due diligence in finding and deploying a proven solution and provider suite, but at the same time ensuring that you are not locked out and that you are not a captive to an organization that knows your name or your business does. You can be all in all and still hedge your bets. Hedging, after all, is another way of saying “diversification.”
Cloud diversification can be a smart strategy for those for whom AWS is the primary cloud service provider. By making sure not all of your eggs are in the Amazon (or Microsoft or Google) basket, you can exercise control over your disaster recovery environment or a secondary data center — you can stick to a literal security blanket. Maintaining a certain level of autonomy while working with a larger cloud service provider can be the best of both worlds scenario, assuming you’re simplifying while diversifying. Key point: You are Continue calling the shots.
Organizations tend not to consider multiple data centers until circumstances force them to. Another key consideration: Be clear about the difference between Vendor diversification and environment diversification. The harsh truth is that 100% trust in any one seller is very difficult. The lesson is to protect yourself and your organization first.
This is important because although the cloud is pervasive, it is not global – it is far from it. as such ZDNet contributor, Joe McKendrickhe writes, “Cloud computing has all the momentum, but we’re still living in a local world right now.”
In a way, it reflects the perceived dominance of the dynamic cloud that dominates the electric vehicle market. Don’t let a good story stand in the way of a modern one: Only 3% of cars sold in 2021 were electric carsAnd while growth is fast and the hype is off the charts, the internal combustion engine isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Ditto for workplace computing. As McKendrick writes, “With all the analyst, press, and conference talk about the rise of the cloud, one would be forgiven for assuming that the entire world is now running on AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud and other service providers. However, at this point, only 7% of Organizations are in fact entirely cloud-based. This number is likely to double over the next couple of years but it is still a minority of companies.”
These statistics are staggering: very few organizations are fully in the cloud, and according to McKendrick, only a third are “mostly on the cloud.”
there Quite a lot of data To support this, with permission from Foundry (download required). For many, cloud computing has a large support base; It is now the “virtual strategy” of IT. However, users are familiar with both the timing and intricacies of sending local systems to the history trash. One encouraging note: Because cloud diversification is, in a sense, gradual, the risks tend to be lower.
The growth of the hockey stick may be in the future. As McKendrick suggests, “the entire cloud population is expected to increase by about 250% over the next 18 months, to 17% of those who plan to shift everything they have to the cloud.”
Other than the sheer numbers, the nature of this growth speaks to the potential for cloud diversification to deliver real value. Much of today’s IT infrastructure makes use of cloud-based services. Foundry notes that the percentage of companies that own “most or all of their IT infrastructure in the cloud” is expected to increase from 41% today to 63% in the next 18 months, with infrastructure as a service accounting for 36%.
Cloud diversification can be liberating. By not trying to offer all things to all organizations and enabling users to intelligently mix and match solutions, this strategic approach to the cloud provides shelter and even some security within AWS or the Azure framework — as long as users hold the keys firmly.