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Addressing Cloud Computing Roadblocks that Prevent it from Becoming a Business Utility

By Prangya Pandab - May 17, 2021 3 Mins Read

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Cloud computing is changing the way people think about the next generation of information connectivity and storage in the fast-growing world of mobile broadband communication because it offers unrestricted access to data and software without the need for local storage and processing power. User interfaces can be produced in minutes or hours, and organizations are investing less on hardware and software.

Organizations in all industries have begun to recognize the value of cloud computing, but the idea of using the cloud as a utility is a contentious subject among industry experts. They believe that what the cloud industry lacks is a greater sense of standardization. With utilities such as electricity, internet, and mobile network service providers, businesses have the ability to switch providers and compare costs and services. However, switching cloud providers and comparing their offerings is still a long way off.

Cloud tools, in theory, provide a clean slate to compare their efficiency, expense, and the ability to easily move the workload to another tool as required. However, in practice, this remains a challenge.

Major Hurdles

Although the majority of cloud providers provide the same service, there are some main differences between them. For instance, each provides a unique user interface and method of interacting with the program. The problem occurs when shifting workloads because each provider’s APIs differ. As a result, achieving utility-like status is complicated and challenging.

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In case of other utilities like electricity, the process of change is an administrative act. After filling out a few applications, the transition will be noticeable and there will be no power outage. For many people, this smooth transition has become an important method of locating the best offers and providers

When it comes to cloud computing, its orchestration allows switching cloud providers as simple as switching electricity providers. The cloud orchestration platform (CO) serves as an interpreter between networks and a specific cloud. There is an abstraction layer within cloud orchestration that interacts with the infrastructure. A cloud-based tool ensures that communication is converted into the cloud provider’s language.

Another functional stumbling block is that cloud vendors launch many new services per year, while third-party cloud orchestration frameworks allow companies to build in-house solutions. This makes management and upkeep more difficult.

Hyper-scalers that provide virtualization platforms in their clouds are also causing companies to migrate to the cloud. Many businesses still use the cloud to run a single application rather than their entire virtualization program. While this method simplifies migration, it does not assist an enterprise in comparing it to a public cloud, which leads to greater vendor lock-in.

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The Solution to the problems

To make things easier, more IT orchestration is needed, which will result in smoother migration processes. There are other options, in addition to cloud orchestration frameworks, that can speed up the transition of workloads between clouds. Independent containers, for example, may play a role since the software’s dependence is contained within the container. Differences in infrastructure level would not cause issues, allowing for a smooth migration.

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Prangya Pandab

Prangya Pandab is an Associate Editor with OnDot Media. She is a seasoned journalist with almost seven years of experience in the business news sector. Before joining ODM, she was a journalist with CNBC-TV18 for four years. She also had a brief stint with an infrastructure finance company working for their communications and branding vertical.

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