With all due respect to the Eagles, your Public Cloud strategy should not resemble the lyrics from Hotel California. But yet, many early adopters have found that to be the case. They’ve built applications to run on the Public Cloud and as those applications have become mission critical, they have found the cost to move those applications in to the data center prohibitively expensive. And although many have learned their lesson, still others see the relatively inexpensive upfront cost of some Public Cloud providers to attractive to resist. The hotel is sexy and just what they need for now.
Now, a new breed of cloud services is gaining traction – Storage as a Service (STaaS). We are starting to see STaaS offerings that provide for cheap storage for archival and back-up purposes. Cheap that is till you want to retrieve that information. That’s when the true cost becomes apparent.
It’s imperative that as you develop out your cloud strategy, you consider both the cost to enter, and the cost to leave (or retrieve). Or you might wind up living the lyrics to one of the greatest Eagles songs.