2Trying to Get to the Cloud Too Fast
Faster doesn’t always mean better. Urgency in moving to the cloud often leads customers to take an all-or-nothing approach. Users have to consider everything from cost to regulatory issues and cultural impact to access implications. Rushing through this process can cause issues right from the start.
3Trusting the Cost Savings Halo
Customers can miscalculate an operating expense as cheaper than a capital expense just because they are writing smaller checks. This isn’t always the case because they are typically just writing a lot more of those smaller checks. Cloud systems, over time, are more expensive. What cloud buys is flexibility, not savings.
4Not Having Enough Controls in Place
5Believing All Clouds Are Created Equal
6Confusing the Benefits of Different Cloud Options
All workloads must either be in the public cloud or on premises. While it is a good practice to co-locate computing with active data, a public cloud can be introduced for backup, disaster recovery and creating tiers of cold data for long-term retention. Hybrid clouds are a viable and low-risk option to introduce cloud into the data center.
7Failing to Isolate Private and Public Clouds
All cloud vendors have to have good connectivity into their data centers, but what users have to consider is this: If they are going to run workloads in the cloud, do they have enough connectivity with the cloud provider? This includes bandwidth from their facilities to the geographic location of the provider. Bandwidth costs break a cloud deal more often than customers realize.
9Trusting Security to the Wrong Party
10Forgetting to Take Ownership of Data Protection or Disaster Recovery
Cloud vendors are only responsible for uptime, and most contracts will not even guarantee that. You have to pay to have your data replicated, and that only gives you data availability. An IT administrator is responsible for the business’s disaster-recovery strategy and its own recovery from corruptions or breaches.
11Thinking the Cloud Means the End of Silos, Lock-in
Each public cloud is managed and operated differently, and that is quite different from how private clouds or hosted-service clouds may run. Portability and migration capabilities are still in their infancy. Tread with care before you place all your data center eggs in a single cloud basket.