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A shift is finally occurring in the Cloud Computing discourse. Topics like "what is it" have been supplanted by more useful questions such as "should I do it?", "how should I do it?", and "when should I do it?" In appreciation of this new phase of Cloud Computing adoption, we'd like to offer some thoughts on some of the common pitfalls of both public and private Clouds so that you might avoid them as you evaluate and implement cloud solutions. 1. Not understanding the business value It's important to weigh a Cloud solution versus the traditional approach through the lens of business value. If this is an existing service, can the Cloud truly provide a better solution than what you're currently doing? If new, what are the important business requirements that may drive you to select a Cloud deployment model? In the event of a service outage or a security breech, what's ... (more)

Virtualization Does Not a Cloud Make

In a previous post we discussed the positive shift in the cloud computing discourse towards actionable steps rather than philosophical diatribes on definitions. And to support that discussion we offered the following list of things not to do: Not understanding the business value Assuming server virtualization is enough Not understanding service dependencies Leveraging traditional monitoring Not understanding internal/external costs As we continue our discussion of these missteps, in this post we'll address both a mistake and a common misconception. Cloud computing is not about an... (more)

Accounting for the Cloud

The past few weeks we have been discussing some of the mistakes made in early cloud deployments. As a refresher, here are the issues we outlined: Not understanding the business value Assuming server virtualization is enough Not understanding service dependencies Leveraging traditional monitoring Not understanding internal/external costs This week we are discussing a key mistake that occurs fairly often; one that only manifests long after the solution is operational...blindly assuming that Cloud equals costs savings. Blasphemy, you say - how could it possibly not cost less? Let's t... (more)

CMDBs in the Cloud

As enterprises move inexorably towards the Cloud, a faint murmur in the distance is growing louder and louder. What is it - the security forces objecting...the CFO wondering where their money is going now...business teams clamoring for faster response time? Good guesses, but this group never makes quite that much noise - it's the operational teams scratching their heads wondering how, particularly given their existing set of challenges, they are going to keep their heads above water trying to manage something as amorphous as a Cloud. They are right to be concerned. After all, wh... (more)

Business Value and Cloud Computing

In our last post we discussed the positive shift in the Cloud Computing discourse towards actionable steps rather than philosophical diatribes on definitions. And to support that discussion we offered the following list of things not to do: Not understanding the business value Assuming server virtualization is enough Not understanding service dependencies Leveraging traditional monitoring Not understanding internal/external costs In this installment we are going to focus on the first mistake - failing to understand the business impact of leveraging a Cloud delivery model for a g... (more)