UNCommon common sense
There has been a lot written about Public Cloud lately. We see that Amazon’s AWS continues to grow, but at a lower growth rate than previously. Microsoft Azure is growing at a faster rate, and Google Cloud Platform is also growing.
What’s interesting about the discussions we have with customers of ours is that they are not moving their critical applications to the Public Cloud as is commonly assumed. Instead, they are using the Public Cloud for test/dev workloads, burst (peak-load) workloads, and backups.
Some of our customers are using the Public Cloud for marketing workloads, because the third party vendors they use for data happen to have it stored at the Public Cloud and it makes sense to run analytics against it in the Cloud, rather then endure the hassle and cost of moving that data to their own infrastructures.
So what we’re seeing is the the Public Cloud has a place in many IT infrastructures, but we know of no customer that is looking to move all of their workloads to the Cloud.
When the Public Cloud was first on the scene in the 2000s (AWS) it was sold on being a faster and less expensive way to run IT, and had unlimited scale. That is, if you have unlimited budget.
We know IT, and we get to know our customers pretty well. Most of them have experience in the Public Cloud and those that do have all said the cost is higher than they were led to believe. Far higher.
I’m not saying that Public Cloud=bad because that’s not true. The Public Cloud has a place in modern IT infrastructure, but not as the only or best way to run it. Use of the Public Cloud requires an intelligent review of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) to make sure that it is used properly.
Last year, there were many stories about how Dropbox saved a fortune moving from the Public Cloud back into their own on-premise IT infrastructure. That doesn’t mean they built datacenter on their property, but rather co-located these data centers into hosting companies like Equinix and Raging Wire, for example.
I recall many years ago when “outsourcing” deals were all the rage. Companies like IBM went around telling CIOs they could run that company's IT operations better and less expensively than the CIO’s organization could. Huge savings were always projected, often in the hundreds of millions to billions range. Have you heard of many outsourcing contracts these days? You haven’t, because the savings never really materialized.
Everyone seems to think the next guy down the line has figured out some magic to make operations easier and costs lower. It rarely works that way.
On the other hand, you could get all of the benefits of the Public Cloud in your own datacenter, if you so desired. All you have to do is take an intelligent look at Nutanix and their Enterprise Cloud offering.
Enterprise is what we call using concepts the Public Cloud use and deploy them on-premises. The key to all of it is Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI).
If you haven’t taken a look at Nutanix yet, it’s probably time to do so. You’ll quickly see how you can benefit, and you’ll be pleased. We can help…call us at 925-217-1177 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.