This blog will look at an area of the business which might cause some people's eyes to automatically glaze-over, but my challenge is to take this potentially boring topic and flip it on its head. What am I talking about? Cost seems to drive most conversations around cloud adoption, but we all tend to pretend it doesn't. Each cloud is different, everyone knows that. But here's the news flash: the way that cloud providers charge for their clouds is equally as different, and it can actually be a dangerous conversation to enter if you're not equipped with the knowledge you need to navigate it well.
The idea of cloud computing remains simplicity itself, which is a key element of its appeal: Move the cost and complexity of procuring, provisioning, operating, and supporting an endless array of hardware, software, and enabling services for your business out to a 3rd party, which does it all it for you, yet more securely and with much greater economies of scale. Writ large across virtually all industries, a comprehensive shift to the cloud thus continues to be a top objective of CIOs in many organizations this year. Not surprisingly, enabling such a strategic move is also the top business goal of the leading commercial cloud vendors, namely Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, who continue to vie vigorously for marketshare, technical leadership, and -- some would say -- the most interesting and valuable part of the market itself: The large, complex enterprise. However, like all technology advances, the basic vision of a few leading commercial cloud vendors individually serving as the primary cloud provider to a large enterprise by supplying most of its data center needs was always going to be an over-simplistic one. Despite a lack of comprehensive cloud computing standards to enable it -- other that de facto ones or cybersecurity standards -- once an enterprise goes through the transformational effort of moving to the cloud, it has important options it simply didn't have before.
Cloud computing is without doubt one of the most vitial workplace technologies around today. Cloud computing has become essential, with most major enterprises use it frequently to lower their capital costs and day-to-day expenses, while enabling online powerful applications, such as Software as a Service or Unified Communications as a Service. Organizations often use a combination of public cloud, and private cloud solutions in what is termed hybrid cloud, and commonly have more than one cloud provider, which is known as multicloud. With so many types of cloud computing in use simultaneously across an organization, there is quite a bit of complexity, and the potential for these clouds to turn into a storm, with data as well as applications in use across multiple cloud solutions. Cloud orchestration is the process to manage these multiple workloads, in an automated fashion, across several cloud solutions, with the goal being to synthesize this into a single workflow.