You Just Failed Your Private Cloud Project… Why?


CLoud-FailI have witnessed private cloud projects going belly up many times and by that I meant that these projects did not address the primary goals the sponsors set. Not that the goals were impossible or unachievable or maybe too exotic. Not at all! Actually the goals are the same for many organisations investing in private cloud projects. And by the way here are my top 3 goals organisations are looking at primarily when they decide to go private cloud:

  1. Cut down cost
  2. Better quality of service
  3. Increase Business agility

So how comes organisations can’t address these simple goals? Where do they fail? Here are my 5 failure patterns:

  1. Managing-by-magazine. No strategic plans.
  2. Understanding your own requirements. No business case, migrate vs. innovate.
  3. Lack of a holistic architectural discipline. Cloud will not save you from a good architecture design buddy.
  4. IT organisation is not ready. Complexity to hide stupidity.
  5. Insufficient Skill Set. Politics, technology groupies, design by best practice.

Now I tell you a secret. For a successful cloud project here is the recipe:

  • Adapt your business processes.
  • Simplify your IT processes.
  • Buy-in of key stakeholders.
  • Get the Experts in at the inception of the project.

And remember that Cloud Computing is much more than a technology from VMware, OpenStack or Microsoft. Cloud Computing is business opportunity to achieve cost reduction, better quality of service and increase Business agility.

About PiroNet

Didier Pironet is an independent blogger and freelancer with +15 years of IT industry experience. Didier is also a former VMware inc. employee where he specialised in Datacenter and Cloud Infrastructure products as well as Infrastructure, Operations and IT Business Management products. Didier is passionate about technologies and he is found to be a creative and a visionary thinker, expressing with passion and excitement, hopefully inspiring and enrolling people to innovation and change.
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3 Responses to You Just Failed Your Private Cloud Project… Why?

  1. PiroNet says:

    Perfect timing! VMare just posted: Cloud is a Process, Not a Technology Revolution
    Read more at http://vmware-erdos.com/post/83717816305/cloud-is-a-process-not-a-technology-revolution

  2. PiroNet says:

    Thomas Bittman, VP distinguished analyst at Gartner just published an interesting blog post titled “Problems Encountered by 95% of Private Clouds”.

    Thomas is spot on although some people may call it just project hiccups instead of failures…

    The fascinating thing is that even though a Cloud project has failed miserably, it will be going live eventually with a bunch of engineers to take care of it, holding it up every single pieces to make it work as a whole…
    And the great thing is that it’s going to generate another project to optimise it… Hello IT life cycle!

    Read Thomas’s blog here -> http://blogs.gartner.com/thomas_bittman/2015/02/05/why-are-95-of-private-clouds-failing/

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