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Why not to put all your workloads in one public cloud basket



Last week, Gary Thome, VP & Chief Engineerbigstock-Egg-is-scared-as-it-sees-dead--19390769.jpg of HPE’s Software Defined & Cloud Group, wrote an article covering several recent high profile public cloud outages. In it, he details how one tried-and-true idiom (expressions that are used in everyday conversation to paint a mental picture) gives some incomplete wisdom: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

As Thome explains, the advice of not to put all your eggs in one basket doesn’t really help guide anyone on which eggs (or workloads) to place in which baskets. Before putting an application in a public cloud, perhaps you should ask yourself, “Can I accept an unexpected outage at any possible time in this application?” If the answer is no, then maybe you need to run the application on premises where you can control when system upgrades can or cannot occur.

Public clouds can’t be controlled – at least not by any individual business that uses them. Businesses that put their workloads in the cloud give away a fair amount of that control. Knowing this fact, Thome outlines that it’s wise to plan accordingly, and more importantly, do an inventory of your cloud workload to assess if they are meeting your current SLA commitments.

Deploying a Hybrid IT strategy

Now is the time for every business to take stock of their applications and decide which ones should be in the public cloud and which ones should remain on traditional IT or a private cloud. Thanks to recent HPE innovations in hyperconverged and composable solutions, private cloud options are now better than ever. Speed, agility, and efficiency are standard features in these new offerings, giving you all of the benefits of the public cloud without losing any of the control.

To Gary Thome’s full article, check out: Cloud Outage Reality Check: Where Do I Put My Eggs?


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Danny Yeo

Duh!  Of course, you don't want to put all of your workloads in the cloud unless you can handle/manage the downtime/loss of revenue, etc. in the event of an outage.  While SLAs may ensure that cloud providers are accountable, there is still an element of the uncontrolable "act of nature" that can void that agreement.  In this day and age, DR/BC is an important aspect of any business.  While it may be quite an investment, DR/BC can be achieved as a reasonable price.  Organizations that do not consider continuance of "business as usual" in an unforeseen outage are basically indicating that their business are not that important and that a competitor can do better. 

Nathan Bench

We are doing our systems on prem. As a college in a univeristy we cannot afford to put anything in cloud. If prices drop we may consider doing that in the future.