The Dark Side of the Cloud

The Cloud juggernaut continues to grow (along with invitations to Webinars, Cloud conferences, meetings, and more) as more companies and government agencies see the clear benefits of outsourcing their Data centers and computing operations.

I am a clear proponent of the cloud, and more importantly, a proponent of sound practices when migrating to a Cloud-based Data center.  It is important that you retain technical staff to manage the cloud implementation – people on your team/payroll who will oversee and manage your Cloud services, and ensure that you get the best value from the migration to the cloud.  This may cut into your savings, yet it can prevent major cost overruns when you have retained staff through the transition to handle unknown issues and build standard procedures (onboarding, help desk, application management).

The primary reason to migrate to the Cloud is to save money.  This is done by outsourcing your data center and its operations to a cloud services provider.  If it will not save you hard dollars, and you have increased complexity and oversight concerns, don’t rush into the Cloud.  Saving money can also be reducing headcount or staff dedicated to mundane server maintenance, upgrades, and patches.  You need to break out those numbers, as well as the real estate reclaimed or eliminated when the Data center “goes away”.

  • The cloud becomes “overcast” when surprises occur, mostly due to cost increases.
  • When you don’t factor in your increased computing and storage needs (think “growth”)
  • When poor governance has you keeping content redundantly or forever due to a lack of content management and/or destruction rules for your stored content
  • When you decide to cancel or change Cloud Providers – Are there “close out” costs? Destruction fees for abandoned content? Other hidden or “fine print” fees?

IF the answer to all the concerns is “It’s in the Cloud”, you have been overcome by the dark side of Cloud computing.  Just like an airplane dodging the thunderheads on a stormy flight path, your mission is to avoid turbulence and deliver without excessive delay! Your organization deserves a premium implementation when you migrate to the cloud – Get the right people in to manage your transition and the forecast will be Sunny and Bright.