Latest Posts

Latest Comments


Organisations need to consider the full cloud lifecycle


Posted by |

In February I wrote a blog about the importance of having a cloud exit strategy. How failing to prepare for the worst, really was preparing to fail. Then, in July, in a separate blog, I discussed migration strategies and what you need to know as you take the leap into the cloud.

When reviewing our blog posts it suddenly struck me that the reason enterprises need to address both cloud migration and exit strategies is because most CSPs typically ignore the bits at either end of a cloud service. Even today, and even as the cloud moves towards greater adoption, companies can still fail to consider all aspects their cloud lifecycle.

Developing a holistic lifecycle strategy for cloud should be part of your governance strategy. In my previous blogs I referenced creating a migration blueprint to aid planning and implementation and argued for a clear and concise exit strategy that details the exact steps and processes taken in the event your CSP is no longer able to support you.

However while I advocate customers being able to take control, I believe that it’s time that the industry delivers support services from the moment the client decides to begin their journey into the cloud, through to the point when they (potentially) decide to migrate to a different environment. I’m not alone in calling on the industry to step up and support customers better. Gartner has been an advocate of exit strategies for a while. It has even created a guide to devising a strategy. In a blog last year one of its research directors, Kyle Hilgendorf, commented that in comparison to other Gartner reports, take up of the exit strategy guide remains relatively low. The concern here is that both customers and the industry is still don’t understand the importance of having one and probably won’t until the next big failure occurs. At which point, of course, it will be too late.

What’s driving the need for truly holistic cloud services is that adoption rates continue to grow so that it’s no longer first innovators and large enterprises that are using the cloud, but more and more small businesses are beginning to enjoy the benefits. It’s these companies most at risk and least prepared for both migration to and exit from the cloud.

In its predictions for 2014, Gartner describe a shift in cloud use into what they call “the era of personal cloud.” This defines an environment where companies are simply utilising the cloud for all elements of individual user interaction - rather than focusing on what can be put in the cloud, all services are delivered by it. With the cloud permeating all aspects of the IT environment, companies need to ensure that they are considering the implications of the full cloud lifecycle from birth to death - at least until their providers catch up.



Post a comment

Comment submitted! Comments needs approval before being displayed.