Migrating to the cloud comes with several paradigm shifts for companies accustomed to on premise infrastructure. One of the biggest is understanding how to efficiently manage cloud capacity.
“You have to plan for capacity differently than when it was in your data center,” says Mindy Cancila, a research vice president at Gartner. “Most organizations overbought their capacity [when first moving to the cloud] because what you didn’t want to have happen is not ask for enough, and then have to go back and ask for more infrastructure and not have it approved.” That approach ends up being quite a bit more expensive, she adds. “So it’s a paradigm shift for organizations to think about their consumption and usage, which is very different.”
Yet, Cancila finds that most of her conversations with clients are often reactionary and she councils them on the need to put better controls around governance, cost, and usage. “I often will share with clients that it’s not that anyone’s doing anything wrong, it’s the inherent nature of cloud: on demand, self-service, pay as you go; so organizations have unique challenges around putting a governance structure around that endless capacity.”
As companies move more of their software demands to the cloud, maximizing spend will become increasingly crucial. Offering guidance on properly managing cloud capacity may become a differentiating factor between several of the biggest cloud providers and determining factor for users in choosing the best provider for their needs.
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