You moved your workloads to the cloud in order to further your business goals. You want to work faster, be more agile, and cut the overhead of maintaining on-premises infrastructure. And adopting a cloud-first strategy offers you a solution to do just that.

But here’s the thing: your cloud strategy could actually be keeping you from achieving these business goals. In this blog post, we’ll look at the ways that your cloud strategy is hurting you and show how a cloud data platform can help you achieve the promise of the cloud.

High Cost of the Cloud

Cloud is touted as a great way to cut expenses. You no longer need to house and maintain expensive on-premises infrastructure. With cloud, your Operations staff can spend less time on day-to-day maintenance and more time concentrating on more value-add activities. And from an accounting standpoint, the cloud allows you to move your IT infrastructure from a Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) to an Operating Expenditure (OPEX). This shift helps increase the company’s profit margin and offers you immediate insight into the cost of doing business.

Yet the cloud still carries a high price – particularly if you aren’t carefully and constantly monitoring it to make sure you stay within budget. The major cloud vendor offerings are typically priced based on how many cloud resources you are using. The more resources you use, the higher your cloud bill will be. Yet, the vendors don’t provide a way to easily minimize how many resources you are using. This can be done using enterprise data services – such as zero-footprint clones, thin-provisioning, and deduplication.  These services, which are table stakes for on-prem infrastructure, are key to lowering the amount of cloud resources being used – particularly if your team is using workloads in the cloud for Dev/Test and will be making lots and lots and LOTS of copies of data. Copies that take up more and more and MORE cloud resources.

Another way that the cloud can seriously hit your budget is related to speed. Performance is closely tied to the number of resources you’ve invested in. So if you want the fastest performance possible, you’ll have to pay for a bunch of cloud resources you don’t necessarily need.

Slowed Down Experience

Speaking of performance, if you’re housing your databases and other complex, mission-critical workloads on the cloud, you’re probably going to see a significant drop in performance. Since the cloud is a shared, virtualized environment, the cloud providers set throttles that place upper limits on the speed and volume of data. These throttles keep customers from reaching the high levels of performance they need for their most important workloads – no matter how many cloud resources they invest in to push their performance levels higher. Slower performance results in a slower and clunkier user experience for customers. It can also result in longer wait times for analytical processes (which in turn, can affect user experience for customers. 

Downtime and Other Cloud Provider Mishaps

While the cloud offers the possibility of removing the burden of managing and maintaining the hardware for your IT infrastructure, it also takes away a bit of your peace of mind. When your data is on-prem, you feel like you can watch over it and protect it. You can physically keep your hands on it in case of emergency. You even have a disaster recovery site lined up, just in case! So how do you make sure that your data that is in DR seamlessly aligns with your data is that in production in the cloud?

How To Actually Achieve Your Business Goals with Cloud

All is not lost though. Just because these scenarios can happen doesn’t mean they have to. Especially if you are using the cloud for lighter, non-critical workloads. However, if you are storing complex workloads such as your databases or mission-critical applications, it’s best to take note and make adjustments to avoid these potential pitfalls.

One easy way to do that? With a cloud data platform like Silk! The Silk Platform sits between your workloads and the underlying cloud infrastructure. From its place in the software stack, Silk makes it easy to get scalable performance to match your databases on the cloud’s evolving high performance needs.

But Silk does so much more than that.

Offering enterprise data services, Silk helps you make the most of the cloud resources that you have (and need) without the fear that you’re going to accidentally use more resources (and blow through your cloud budget) in Dev/Test or by creating too many clones.

Silk also offers customers, on average, 10x faster performance than can be achieved through native cloud alone. This makes it ideal for running complex, mission-critical databases to the cloud, as these types of workloads require a much faster performance than public cloud vendors can currently offer.

Finally, since Silk keeps your workloads separate from the underlying infrastructure, Silk customers are able to easily lift and shift their data to different infrastructure such as a DR site. So you can spend less time worrying about how your data on the cloud is doing and sleep a bit easier at night knowing that Silk has you covered.

Ready to start seeing the business benefits Silk on the public cloud can offer you? Contact us to set up a demo with one of our cloud experts!

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