The enterprise sourcing environment mirrors consumption trends of the digital age: it’s all about more, more complex requirements, more choice, more international, more specialist offers, and more time needed to evaluate, select, track and manage these relationships. With no choice in the matter, companies now need to rely on in-house expertise and their wits to contend with multiple vendors, hard-to decipher needs and offers.
Finding the optimal amount of resources needed to get the job done, and obtaining them at the most efficient cost —a tradeoff between SLA, availability and cost? These eternal concerns of capacity planning experts are more relevant than ever, despite the dematerialization of many of a company's “resources” as computing power migrates to the cloud. The main attributes of the cloud environment: flexibility and scalability, rhyme with unpredictability. Capacity planning is confronted with a range of new challenges as the scope shifts from hard iron to IaaS.
Just because cloud infrastructure makes it possible for businesses to adapt and scale their IT needs with more flexibility than ever before, doesn’t make it easy. While cloud migration is quickly becoming an indisputable step into the future, many companies are finding the transition comes with an unforeseen disadvantage: a debilitating lack of control and foresight.
“Capacity planning is the process of determining the production capacity needed by an organization to meet changing demands for its products. In the context of capacity planning, design capacity is the maximum amount of work that an organization is capable of completing in a given period,” says Wikipedia. So are these definitions and task frameworks relevant if we are talking about virtual IT? Absolutely.
It’s funny when you think about it, cloud infrastructure provides us with the capacity to power and host the most cutting edge computing technology, allowing the latest scientific and technological innovations to go above-and-beyond, but the way in which AWS is managed and how it interfaces with developers and companies is really pretty dated.
The little accountability paradox that’s costing your company big bucks...
As we saw in part one of this series, controlling Cloud costs is a massive problem for companies -but the way to do so isn’t obvious, and in part two we looked at why just “hoping” programmers will respect the budget isn’t realistic.
Part Two: Cloud discipline, why just “hoping” programmers will respect the budget isn’t working for anyone.
Part One in a two part series on why over thirty percent of money spent on AWS is wasted; tune in for part two next week to see what can be done about it.
It’s best to share the love when it comes to Cloud-infrastructure providers...
“In the financial markets, investors protect themselves from volatility by diversifying. The same might hold true for companies and organizations that rely on the cloud.”
So Saas is evaporating your hard drives, yip, ours too. Evaporation, aka dematerialization seems to pretty much be the norm these days. Along with the Uber-economy, it’s the usual suspect when it comes to disrupting industries. But concretely, where will the future of cloud computing leave us?
Taking the music industry and its long history of disruption as the example, I tried to imagine the future shape of the enterprise Cloud… What will your tech department look like in years to come (and will you even have one)?