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Where Does Cloud Computing Fail A Business?

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Cloud computing is awesome, but where shouldn't it be applied?

Charles Babcock of InformationWeek wrote up an interesting assessment of the pain points many businesses experience as they seek to implement cloud.

However, his article is really about application pain points, not “cloud” pain points per say. Babcock’s article does highlight that the best infrastructure may simply be wasted if the application is not up to the task.

This got us thinking about what cloud computing does not solve. Understanding how cloud will become part of your IT strategy has a lot to do with evaluating its best application as well as its limitations.

One of the largest and broadest pain points experienced by many businesses is that cloud does not solve the application problem for legacy applications. It can, in fact, create new problems because of compatibility issues that can arise from what operating systems are supported, partially or fully, on the cloud of choice.

For instance, there are still many enterprise applications running on windows server 2000 and 2003 – many clouds may support one or the other, but few will support both. If your application is using a mix of them, you may not find a cloud provider that has everything you need.

Users need to level-set themselves for what to expect when moving to the cloud. They need to be able to provide the expertise around how their applications work, or work with a cloud vendor that can.

Understanding how to marry your application to a new platform is not as simple as some would lead you to believe it is. Most clouds may be viewed as IaaS, but even that is technically a “platform.” On top of that, even if you are already virtualized internally, such a Beth Israel Deaconess, that is not exactly cloud, even if you are moving to a similar platform.

Other key aspects of cloud that are often overlooked are cross-connects or other forms of secure communication. Many cloud vendors don’t support dropping private lines into their premise for your application, but many enterprise applications rely on dedicated communication. Moving to a VPN solution might work, but it could also disrupt the user experience of the application.

Thoughts? Let us know on Twitter @CloudGathering.

By Jake Gardner

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