Pitfalls of Public Cloud Computing Solutions for your Applications

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
January 15, 2013

We’ve blogged repeatedly about cloud computing solutions, when to consider using them and for what purposes. This question should be front and center in the minds of all IT decision makers, especially those who’ve read Brandon Butler’s recent blog – Amazon’s Cloud Hiccups, Again – at CIO.com. This paragraph in particular stands out:

Some analysts have suggested that continual service disruptions from Amazon could make customers look at other providers, not that they've necessarily got any better track records. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels has said in the past that failures are inevitable and Amazon and customers share a responsibility to ensure applications hosted in the company's cloud are able to survive downtime.

Interesting. I don’t know that many of the applications our employees rely on could survive unscheduled downtime—especially downtime that comes without warning or advanced notice. How about your organization?

It comes as no surprise that OASIS – the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards – has issued new ‘standards’ efforts (TOSCA and CAMP) that provide tools to allow companies to take advantage of cloud portability so that your company isn’t locked into one cloud computing solutions provider. As David Geer blogged about in a recent post – 7 Deadly Sins of Cloud Computing…

Companies should use these tools to maintain their independence just enough so they can switch to new cloud approaches as these become better suited to the organization's needs. On the operational risk management front, business resiliency is also better if you have flexibility to move quickly to another vendor.

Cloud computing solutions are a great fit for many business needs, but you need to make sure you understand their limitations. To protect yourself and your organization, here are 30 questions to ask before turning to cloud computing solutions.

I’d love to hear how you’re company is using the cloud? Data storage or backup? Applications? Drop a comment below.

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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