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Don’t Let Your Public Cloud Plans Cost Too Much!

by Jeffrey Hewitt  |  August 12, 2020  |  Submit a Comment

Utilizing public cloud can be a real challenge for infrastructure and operations leaders. Balancing the expectations of executive management that public cloud is “cheap” versus attempting to govern and manage the costs of public cloud is not always easy. This balance can be even more daunting when attempting to train and hire the required skills and competencies to ensure that public cloud usage produces a return and meets management expectations.

My colleagues Ross Winser and David Wright have recently published a Gartner document entitled, “From Firefighters to Trusted Experts: Preparing I&O Teams to Succeed With Cloud Cost Optimization,” which gives I&O leaders some valuable assistance in achieving the best cloud results.  As a starting point, this publication reveals through survey results where managers feel I&O is falling short in terms of effective cloud management.

By understanding where management feels cloud management weaknesses exist, and following effective tactics to address these issues, I&O leaders can enjoy a key benefit.  As noted in this document, this benefit is being able to more proactively manage cloud costs.  In taking this proactive approach, I&O leaders can achieve effective cost optimization from their cloud choices.  As an added result, cost optimizing cloud will bring positive results not only to the I&O team, but it will help the overall organization thrive in today’s digital world.

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Jeffrey Hewitt
VP Analyst I
20 years at Gartner
42 years IT Industry

Jeffrey Hewitt is a Research Vice President at Gartner, where he is a part of the Infrastructure and Operations team in the Gartner for IT Leaders organization. As a part of that team, Mr. Hewitt's primary areas of coverage include hyperconvergence, software containers/microservices, serverless computing, hyperscale (webscale) architectures, edge computing, machine learning IaaS, and the I&O implications of changing technology approaches like public cloud, blockchain, and big data. He also covers integrated systems and server purchasing negotiations.Read Full Bio

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