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Don’t Become Captive to the Cloud; Choose the Right Cloud for the App

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Don’t Become Captive to the Cloud; Choose the Right Cloud for the App
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As enterprises continue their march toward the cloud, the questions IT leaders are asking about the path ahead are getting more nuanced. “Should we go to the cloud?” has given way to “Which cloud should we adopt?” and “What are the hidden cloud pitfalls we’ll face along the way?” CIOs are grappling with how best to move their organizations from traditional CAPEX mindsets to OPEX-oriented futures. To make that shift, there’s one more question they must ask: “Which cloud is right for each of our apps?”

Happily, the public cloud is no longer a one-size-fits-all marketplace. AWS had been the sole game in town for years, but Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM SoftLayer, Oracle, Virtustream and other clouds are now as compelling for some companies and some applications.

This multi-cloud landscape lets IT stick with one of its core principles: avoid vendor lock-in. RightScale says nearly 70 percent of organizations are reporting hybrid cloud use. Hybrid includes public and private cloud offerings. Today’s hybrid environments often involve a distribution of data among custom and legacy applications, private clouds, virtualized data on-prem and in more than one public cloud.

“Hybrid cloud” has become the launching pad to “multi-cloud.” A cloud-agnostic approach can be the best way to capture the efficiencies and economic benefits of public clouds, but the mix of cloud providers from which companies choose should be driven first and foremost by the needs of their apps.

Read the entire article here, Don’t Become Captive to the Cloud; Choose the Right Cloud for the App

via the fine folks at ClearSky Data.

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