Here Is Why Your Private Cloud May Have Failed

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 11, 2015


 Recently, virtualization major VmWare took another leap in Hybrid Cloud by announcing a unified platform of virtualized compute.  And VMware is not alone in promoting newer adoption models for Hybrid Cloud.

As the name suggests Hybrid Cloud is a combination of private and public cloud, and enterprises are increasingly opting for it to derive the benefits of cost and scalability. According to a survey by Oracle, hybrid cloud services (36 percent) was ahead of private (32 percent) and public cloud (17 percent) services.

There are several reasons why hybrid cloud is taking over private cloud, a tool that was once most preferred by companies to enhance efficiency and improve productivity. 

Alex Barrett, editor in chief of Modern Infrastructure, writes that part of private cloud’s problem could be IT’s loosey-goosey interpretation about what it is and therefore what it brings to the table.

Gartner analyst Thomas Bittman has found that not all is well with private cloud. In a survey, he says, 95 pc of the 140 respondents said something was wrong with their private cloud. He has listed some reasons for the failure of private cloud.

 1.  What are the actual benefits: Enterprises embrace Cloud to leverage the benefits of faster data management, reduced costs and speed to market. Rick Wright Global Cloud Enablement Program Leader, KPMG in the US, says: “Cloud is much more than just another IT cost reduction lever.” But often, they end making the mistake of focusing on cost savings, not agility, says Bittman.

2.  Lack of clear understanding: What enterprises need to essentially know is the difference between Cloud and virtualization. Sanjay Mirchandani, Senior VP and GM, Asia Pacific and Japan, VMware has said that earlier the companies were built to last, but now they are built to change. “The old model of IT is not good enough in the software defined era, where traditional businesses are being challenged and a new approach to align IT with the business is needed to compete.”

3. How much is too much: “Optimizing for everything means optimizing for nothing,” says Bittman. In 2010, Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services (AWS), had said that the private clouds do not provide the capital expenditure (capex) savings. He felt that companies usually are not able to decide accurately the amount of data center capacity that they need, and the same problem persists when they have their own internal cloud infrastructure.

4. Having the right operational model: Cloud planning without taking into consideration market risks can turn disasters. “Agile clouds need agile processes — and people are your biggest supporters, or your biggest roadblocks,’’ says Bittman.

5. The funding model: Bittman tells enterprises to design a perfect payment model while building a drive-thru service model.

6. Getting the right technologies: It is pre-requisite for companies to be prepared for emerging, disruptive technologies and innovations. Intelligent management of assets and simplifying the IT environment would ensure a sustainable cloud landscape. That according to Bittman means what’s tactically right might be strategically wrong.