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3 Signs Cloud Adoption Is Happening Too Fast

Riverbed Technology February 16, 2016


I’m a huge fan of new technologies and am often an early adopter myself. So, when I say cloud adoption is happening too fast, I actually believe it’s generally a good thing. There are however some caveats and pitfalls that need to be considered.

It’s a matter of common sense that cloud adoption is on the rise. Almost every CIO you talk to has the cloud on their agenda, and industry research from Gartner predicts the cloud industry to grow by 16.5% in 2016.

Forbes recently reported that ‘cloud computing was supposed to make things simpler for enterprises and their users. Instead, things are getting more complicated real fast.’ As companies move quicker to the cloud, they will need the right tools to help them deal with increasing complexity. Here are three warning signs to take note of.

It’s Getting Crowded

We’re starting to see IT teams get bogged down by business units and silos using different cloud services. Sales might rely on Salesforce while HR uses Trinet. Research from this year shows that 85% of enterprises use more than one cloud application, with most having at least four.

Onboarding these services is quick and easy, making it appealing for various teams in a company. However, users don’t see the problems that emerge in time for IT. A simple request for synchronizing databases might become a time-consuming task. IT slowly becomes overloaded by the large number of applications that would, in an ideal world, be streamlined. The list of pitfalls can go on and on.

If this keeps up, the explosion in cloud services might also result in an explosion of complications after a time lag. In fact, the rumblings are already present, as IT departments feel more strain. They need network and application monitoring systems to match today’s speed and scale in order to prevent this crowding effect.

Scrambling for Multi v. Hybrid

There’s also a debate between the benefits of multi-clouds versus hybrid clouds. While some have pledged allegiance to one side, others are still confused over the differences. To summarize: the multi-cloud uses many services from different vendors, while the hybrid cloud is one public cloud integrated with one private network.

The pros and cons are distinct for each side. Often, people choose the multi-cloud because they fear getting locked into one provider. As Windows IT Pro explains, the thinking here is that putting eggs in multiple baskets is like betting on multiple winners, and gives you the opportunity to access tomorrow’s latest and greatest innovations. But such a route requires organizations to duplicate or integrate apps from different services. It’s another case of cloud adoption’s speed outpacing the ability to manage them.

The hybrid cloud is seen as a more vertical solution. Driven by a desire for internal IT teams to be more agile, fans of this method claim hybrid is better suited for dynamic workloads. It is also seen as a cost-effective way to scale quickly. That’s certainly great for IT teams, but if they are implementing more things, at quicker speeds, they will likewise need to make sure they don’t boggle themselves down.

Regardless of choice, there’s a deeper issue: as businesses expand their IT with cloud services, their networks get more complex. If they can’t address new problems quickly, adoption won’t lead to success.

Calls for a ‘Cloud Of Clouds’

Finally, you might have also heard recent demands for a ‘cloud of clouds.’ People are looking for a way to integrate their various cloud services and networks. It’s the CIO’s dream of having a central place where they can view and control the entire network. This is another sign that companies are struggling with the speed of cloud growth. We’re not just talking about the numbers of adopters, but the increase of cloud infrastructure within one organization.

Cloud technology has come a long way, but we still have further to go in managing its growth. That’s why we are driven by the idea of Unified Performance Management and tools that facilitate the rapidly changing cloud environment for businesses. Because speed isn’t necessarily good or bad. It’s about where it takes you. We believe companies can manage the speed of cloud adoption into business goals.

Want to learn how Riverbed can help? Check out Riverbed SteelCentral or give us a try with one of our trial downloads.


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