Migrating to the cloud can save businesses a lot of money if they follow stringent governance and control protocols. These over-engineered systems are overloaded with so many unnecessary services that they cost a lot of money to develop and are difficult to maintain over time. Furthermore, if these applications are over-provisioned, they turn into a never-ending money pit.
Businesses rushed to shift their operations and workloads to the cloud as the interruption exposed the major flaws in traditional age-old resiliency planning. Cloud appeared to be not just the most efficient means of achieving resiliency, but also the most effective means of achieving flexibility in a very volatile market environment.
Businesses increased their cloud usage, mostly without sufficient planning, to meet demand and prepare for peak times. As per the Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud report, over 59 percent of businesses expected to use the cloud more than actually did. Moreover, respondents reported a 23 percent overrun on their original cloud budget, which is projected to climb to 47 percent in 2021.
Without realizing it, businesses often pay for underutilized or unutilized resources such as database warehouses, volumes, instances or virtual machines, relational databases, or hosted caching solutions.
Three signs of an overengineered cloud solution.
No centralized control or command
For most businesses, the main issue is a lack of centralized planning. As a result of the pandemic, many businesses rushed to install cloud solution without sufficient planning or centralized command and control. Too many alternatives and a lack of governance quickly created challenges for operations, common services, security, and so on.
A public cloud, for instance, could be included to a multicloud deployment since a single development team stated that they want a specific database that runs on a specific cloud. The expansion is often made without considering the expense, operations, or complexity of administering a public cloud that serves a single team.
Sub-projects in many cloud projects are disconnected from one another. Diverse techniques and technology are frequently the consequence of independent solution planning. A lack of collaboration between development and migration teams will not result in a cloud solution with a fully optimized meta-architecture. Instead, a solution with too many moving pieces will most likely result from a lack of central control and coordination.
No single source of truth
Teams will end up setting up too many different types of databases throughout the cloud migration if there is no centralized coordination around common database services. There will never be a single source of truth in such cases. The result is an excessive amount of complexity in the enterprise’s cloud deployment, which increases expenditure and risk.
The cloud option is far more expensive than the status quo
Those in charge of choosing and configuring cloud and non-cloud technology should not end up with a cloud architecture that is significantly more expensive than the previous state of the architecture. When too many needless features are introduced merely because it’s possible, overengineering happens. These features raise costs without providing a return on investment. When there is the least amount of overengineering, value-added cloud architecture emerges.