Cloud computing had been the top priority in most Enterprise IT spending now. While rushing to evaluate or roll out the Enterprise private cloud, you should always have the detail level of understanding and future consideration to decide the right technology platform to be adopted. I had been spoken to quite a number of users, which initial thought the cloud computing should drive the IT spending down compare to the legacy methodology they are doing today. After a detail study and analysis, they realize the upfront investment and additional tools may cost them more compare to the current spending, which are mainly due to new capabilities require additional tools, software and processes to be in placed.

Business are always the key drivers for cloud computing. The main benefits will always go to business rather then Enterprise IT. IT department had been educated to practice cost saving every year in most Enterprise Environment. More than 70% of the Enterprise IT today are focus cost cutting exercise rather than technology innovation for business enablement.Therefore, we are not surprise to see legacy application, devices are always in the production without ownership today.

As the IT leader to roll out the cloud computing, we should always understand the need of business and how the cloud will enable business to be better in future. You may not need all the cloud capability in place to support the business, but you will need the core component require to full fill the business model in your environment.

Cloud computing contains physical infrastructure include networking, security, servers, storage, backup, recovery, DR and etc. Beside the technology, automation and management are the core components which enable self service capability, automated management capability and others core function require to convert existing infrastructure to the cloud computing.

The selection of the technology should always consider compatibility, reliability, simplicity and flexibility. Open standard is another key word we should always remember. All this consideration will secure our investment into cloud computing. Hybrid cloud concept had been in the market for years but lack of practical due to technology constrains such as bandwidth, security concerns, compatibility and etc. Recently, we had seen some success roll out which enable hybrid solution in enterprise environment. To enjoy the full benefit of cloud computing, which usually tie to the phrase of ” Everything on demand”, you will require to ensure your private cloud are compatible, burst able to public cloud hosting at anytime you want. Therefore, the private cloud solution you choose to deploy, will make the huge impact to your future strategy for hybrid cloud adoption.

I had seen many cloud deployment been done lately, which require long deployment cycle and incompatible with public cloud provider platform.  Those deployment sometimes leave them no choices in future to burst their application or compute requirement to others cloud provider due to incompatible issue. This will dismiss the hybrid cloud benefits for the enterprise, to leverage the large compute resource spool in the public at anytime they want. While every principle claim their solution are the best for cloud offering, we as users should always re-think the right strategy and the infrastructure consumption by the business internally before we deploy the enterprise private cloud.

To summarize this, the evaluation criteria of the cloud computing solution, shouldn’t just base on Cost. IT spending is hardly stretched beyond 5% from the total revenue of the company. The agility, reliability and flexibility will provide more benefits to the business, this must been seen by IT and Business together to ensure a correct cloud computing strategy to be chosen.