The hidden costs of public cloud can be devastating for your deployment, but some of the known and expected costs can also be higher than if you’d run the same workload on-premises. Yet many companies still choose public cloud. Why?
One word: convenience.
Platina Systems engineer Matthew Geddes recently spoke about this topic at the Sports Video Group 2021 Sports Content Management Forum. Here’s what he had to say:
“One of the bigger drivers we’ve seen for public cloud over the past few years has been convenience. It’s easier for an application owner to just swipe a credit card on Amazon and spin their application up, rather than going to their network folks and their compute folks and their storage folks, creating a big project and deploying stuff over a period of six months. And quite often, [that convenience is] worth more to them than the extra cost.
“The more that we can do to make things as agile for them to stand up services on-premises, the more that will allow them to be able to use the same kinds of services both externally and internally, and to bridge that gap much more easily.”
Convenience also comes into play when configuring new workloads, Geddes said.
“I’ve seen the conversation being less about storage or compute and more about the application. People are saying, ‘If we go to Amazon, we can throw our application up there and define what the policy is for storage — in application terms, not in LUNs or volumes.’
“If application owners have a specific problem, they speak about it in application or business terms. And it’s up to the infrastructure and product teams to be able to have these conversations more in application terms and provide services so the application owners can do what they need to do.”
Hyperscale computing in the public cloud has been so popular because everything is in application terms. Cloud providers treat their infrastructure as software and manage it as code. It’s convenient.
Why can’t we have that same convenience on premises? We can. That’s the mission of Platina Systems.
Platina Command Center manages infrastructure as code on premises, giving organizations the same convenient experience as in the public cloud, but with the cost control you can only have in a private cloud. Click here to learn more.