Cloud adoption is most certainly on the rise, with recent statistics showing that the average company is using 110 different cloud applications in 2021, up from 80 the previous year. Countries like Singapore are taking the lead in this development - research revealed that seven in 10 Singapore-based IT decision makers said that technologies like hybrid cloud were pivotal to their post-COVID-19 recovery and business continuity.
However, adopting advanced cloud technologies like hybrid cloud and multi-cloud results in increased workloads along with more pressure on IT teams. According to a report from Deloitte, over half of medium-to-large sized enterprises are finding cloud much more complex than they’d expected.1 Companies investing in cloud will need to have a corresponding strategy to cope with the complexity these approaches bring. In this article, we will discuss the burdens that cloud complexity can put on a business as well the ways businesses can tackle the challenges with a qualified cloud Partner.
Why should companies pay attention to cloud complexity?
Despite the many obvious benefits of incorporating cloud into work processes, the constant adding and changing of applications quickly becomes both time and resource consuming, making company leadership question the value of these applications. These effects can include:
- Ballooning cloud costs: the trend of pay-as-you-go cloud billing makes it harder to control spending as it scales with business growth.
- Rapid evolution of the cloud: Dramatic growth of the public cloud has birthed new cloud technologies and strategies that did not exist before. For instance, DevOps principle, serverless architecture and container technology join the mainstream in just a few years.
- Overstretched manpower: IT staff end up spending most of their time filtering alerts, greatly impacting team efficiency. Meanwhile, too much work gets passed to CloudOps teams to run the different technology stacks, cloud platforms, and applications.
- Higher threat vulnerability: increased complexity means more vulnerability when there are too many platforms, databases, and cloud services needing security updates, which end up getting missed.