Taking advantage of the cloud is not always easy. It requires a change in mindset of the IT departments and the confidence to outsource their applications and infrastructure. It also requires new tools and training – and a different culture.
To master the cloud, an organization needs a strategic plan to share, scale, and plan for cloud resources. They also need to understand and mitigate the risks of the cloud, such as security and complexity, to make sure it’s the right choice for the organization.
Our recent SDxCentral survey set out to find out which challenges come to mind most often.
Common issues that are cited include security and manageability of the cloud platform. When asked an open-ended question about what they saw as the single biggest challenge with cloud platforms today, the majority of participants cited security and migration issues. In addition, an underlying theme in most responses was how difficult these platforms were to implement – “there are too many options and changes out there to keep up with, and there are only limited resources in my team,” explained one participant.
The survey probed into the specific challenges associated with private, public and hybrid platforms and found there were a few differences. When it comes to private clouds, “designing the right cloud platform” was the challenge chosen first by participants; “lack of visibility into underlying performance” was the first pick for public clouds; while “interoperability and lack of standards” was the primary challenge identified for hybrid clouds.
Another consideration is the evolution of the cloud platform landscape, as as technology companies compete to build large-scale public cloud platforms. Amazon’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) is recognized as a leader, with Microsoft’s Azure recognized by many Wall St. analysts as running second and Google’s Cloud Platform in third. But there are also many more niche cloud platforms as well as SAAS platforms to solve specific needs. And technology giants such Cisco and Oracle have also rolled out newer IAAS offerings.