When Cloud Technology Partners was founded in 2010, cloud was still relatively new to the market. We saw a few early adopters [think Capital One] that went all in on public cloud early, but the majority of our work was private cloud implementations or small proof of concept environments on AWS.
Fast forward nine years and public cloud has gained unprecedented momentum. Amazon Web Services’ annual user conference, AWS re:Invent, grew from 5,500 attendees in 2012 to over 50,000 attendees this past fall. Azure was up 74% in Microsoft’s Q1 2019 earnings. Google Cloud Platform was up 29% YOY after its Q3 2018 earnings. Cloud security myths have been put to rest. The cloud’s cost-consumption model and speed-to-agility are too enticing to ignore. And developers now expect faster, easier access to resources for continuous innovation.
Yet, among all our clients’ cloud-first mandates, the hybrid IT model has remained. In an effort to achieve corporate goals and objectives, organizations continue to run select workloads on-premises for various reasons, from security concerns to latency requirements. Even the public cloud providers themselves are acknowledging that a hybrid strategy is the reality for many enterprise customers. Microsoft first recognized this in early 2016 with its release of Azure Stack; Google Cloud teamed up with Cisco mid-2018 for the release of their Hybrid Cloud Platform; and most recently, and maybe most surprisingly, AWS announced AWS Outposts to bring its native services on-premises.
Does this mean the public cloud has reached its peak? Not at all. Moreover, this is an acknowledgment that customers want to get the value of a cloud operating model no matter where it is — on-premises or in the public cloud.
Our goal at CTP is to help our clients create more efficient IT — to establish the right mix of public, private, and traditional IT infrastructure to achieve their business goals. But how do you assemble the right mix?
In the latest Doppler Quarterly edition, we look at how organizations can start to identify their right mix solution by answering a few questions. How do I accurately assess what applications and workloads should be in the cloud versus on-premises? What is my objective for migration: cost, speed to market, market differentiation? How do I design for portability in the cloud? What governance models do I need to consider in a hybrid world? How can I avoid
There is no exact formula that suits every client. However, providing consistency in your vetting process and decision tree for data and application placement will be critical to your success. A cloud-first strategy does not mean cloud-only. A transparent view into your entire IT landscape can help ensure that you are getting the optimum cost, speed and efficiency advantages across your environments.