It’s no secret that more and more organizations are moving their applications to cloud-based infrastructure, but the reality is that cloud adoption is growing even faster than predicted. According to Gartner, Inc., “The worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 17.3 percent in 2019 to total $206.2 billion, up from $175.8 billion in 2018.” (Gartner Press Release, Gartner Forecasts Worldwide Public Cloud Revenue to Grow 17.3 Percent in 2019, September 12, 2018)
For many organizations, cloud technologies such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer access to flexible, scalable infrastructures at lower cost than on-premises infrastructure. Adopting cloud-based infrastructure can save time, money, and frustration for DevOps teams that are charged with delivering features to users faster. Organizations that lay the right groundwork can shift many, if not all, of their applications to public, private, or hybrid clouds.
Common Challenges When Launching to the Cloud at Scale
However, enterprises considering a cloud migration quickly find that they must balance the need to accelerate application delivery with organizational and structural requirements, particularly when migrating at scale. Some common challenges that arise when launching applications to the cloud are:
Ad hoc processes are expensive, impede software delivery, and invite risk. When each team sets up their own cloud deployment processes for each project or application, it’s difficult to ensure consistency across the enterprise. And inconsistent processes lead to failed deployments and broken functionality, often caused by lack of release orchestration and missing dependencies.
Lack of visibility leads to failed releases and skyrocketing costs. As cloud usage scales, teams need visibility into many things: what version of each application is deployed in each cloud-based environment, which applications and services depend on each other, and where applications are in the release cycle, and what features are coming in the next release. Lack of visibility can lead to cost overruns, failed deployments, and disappointed customers.
Security and compliance requirements go unmet. As organizations move beyond pilots for the cloud, they struggle to maintain control of security and compliance processes and checkpoints. Without a way to enforce security testing and code compliance checks, vulnerable software can end up in the cloud, and compliance violations can result in steep fines for the organization.
Manual and scripted configurations don’t scale as cloud usage grows. Without a way to standardize cloud configurations and deployment processes, different strategies proliferate across the organization, and it’s hard for teams to benefit from the lessons learned and best practices uncovered by other teams.
Cloud expertise is expensive and scarce. Application teams that have not developed cloud knowledge may have difficulty adapting their applications and designing cloud-based architectures in a way that scales for long-term, enterprise-level storage, bandwidth, and security requirements.
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