This guest post is written by Anthony West, the CTO at VisionTrack,part of Markerstudy.His team, supported by RedPixie, have launched the VisionTrack platform - vehicle telematics and video hosted in Azure. Seemore details here.
Despite the continuous great effects of cloud platforms, it is easy to forget, or just block out the fact that there is still a great deal of “fake news” circulating.
As such, there are still phrases like “the cloud is inherently unsafe”, or that it somehow represents anamorphic control risk.
Perhaps coincidentally, these claims tend to be expounded by IT leaders who have failed to spot the epoch changing cloud revolution in time to make it part of their IT strategies over the last few years.
For whatever reason, outmoded objections of stability, integrity and control risks are touted and tweeted regularly.
This results in a datacentre 'hammer to thump' approach for every on-premises requirement - the black hole of un-attributable cost, unproductive process and unacceptable time to market.
Unfairly Damaging their Prospects
While this is nothing new [the debate has been raging for years], it strikes me that anyone still locked into a datacentre-first and only mindset is no longer just missing a trick.
Technologists under this regime are failing to build the relevant skills to remain current, unfairly damaging their prospects.
Meanwhile, competitors are sourcing technologies which are faster, cheaper and better than those that can be provisioned in an internal datacentre.
Thereby, handicapping any competitive advantage a commercial operation may have.
Embracing Hybrid Cloud
Before the argument becomes too partisan, let’s clarify the point.
It makes no sense to wholesale move workloads to the public cloud, as only some systems can realise the advantages - or at least get a reasonable return on investment when balanced with the migration effort.
In the same way, it makes no sense to ignore the public cloud as an option, especially if workloads are new, or existing workloads are undergoing some migration or refresh event as part of their lifecycle.