Nov 11, 2014
At first glance, making the shift to cloud seems like it’s fairly easy. Call up the cloud provider, turn on the service, and away you go. As my kids say: easy peasy lemon squeezy. However, as is the case with many things, be careful what you wish for, as there is often more to the cloud that meets the eye. CEOs walk through airports and drive down 101 between San Jose and San Francisco, see the cloud billboards, and make the decision to use the cloud… but it’s the IT department that has to carry the implementation load of making it happen. There are network issues, performance concerns, deployment headaches, and a number of other issues that need to be resolved in order for the cloud to be business ready.
Last week at Google’s Cloud Platform Live Summit, the company announced a number of changes to its cloud platform to solve many deployment issues. During the event, almost all of the Google speakers hammered home the point that the cloud isn’t easy to use, nor is it simple enough to set up for organizations to maximize the benefits of shifting to the cloud. We’re clearly a long way from cloud utopia, and I don’t think anyone expects that yet, but businesses should demand more from their cloud vendors.
The following is a list of the enhancements Google has made to its cloud platform to help with deployment challenges:
Businesses of all sizes are looking to leverage the cloud to enable mobile computing, Internet of Things and other initiatives. However, the cloud is still relatively new and can be a scary proposition for many organizations. Google has made significant advancements to their cloud platform that should enable IT leaders move to the cloud without putting their organizations at risk.
Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst with ZK Research. He provides a mix of tactical advice to help his clients in the current business climate and with long term strategic advice. Kerravala provides research and advice to the following constituents: End user IT and network managers, vendors of IT hardware, software and services and the financial community looking to invest in the companies that he covers.