Commodity Cloud Challenges

Organizations buy commodity cloud services because they want to modernize and innovate, but they often fail to carefully examine the world they’re committing their business to.

By adding cloud solutions in a one-off, point solution approach, cloud platforms proliferate over time, inevitably causing management complexity, integration issues, resource constraints, skillset gaps, time challenges, and cost overruns. And you still have legacy systems to contend with. One step forward, two steps back.

So what’s a smarter way to innovate and modernize your organization?

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What Are the Top IT Challenges with Commodity Cloud?

Too many solutions; how can I ever evaluate them all?

Amazon, vCloud Air, NetSuite for ERP, Azure, Office 365. There are a hundreds of cloud-based point solutions, with more entering the market every day. How can any IT organization ever vet them all? The answer: you can’t. You simply don’t have the luxury.

No ability to configure; one size does not fit all.

Today’s cloud services tend to promise the world but there’s not much room to configure these services to fit specific business and application needs. Many are inter­changeable and that can mean jamming a square peg in a round hole—not ideal for sophisticated workloads.

Vendors offer little to no systems integration.

When it comes to connecting commodity cloud platforms to your IT environment or to other cloud systems, the responsibility is on you. Getting data across platforms or enabling applications is not the primary concern of your cloud vendors.

Too many platforms to manage; no unified control.

You introduced commodity cloud with good intentions, but now you’re stuck managing a monster mass of platforms. Different vendors, portals, procedures, rules. The issue isn’t even whether you have the skillsets and resources to handle it, but why even get to this stage at all?

Cloud vendors offer limited accountability.

Service accountability is extremely challenging when your assets and cloud provider assets are intertwined. Contracts, regulations, transparency, compatibility, governance; when problems or discrepancies arise, you’re on your own.

Challenging to determine the perfect cloud mix.

Despite what commodity cloud vendors claim, you can’t really go “all cloud.” But how do you determine which resources run best in cloud and which are better kept on-prem? How do you handle the risk of Shadow IT now that users can easily purchase commodity cloud outside of IT’s purview? Lots of hype and risk, not much clarity