SM: In the past regarding the data center 70-90% of the of the business was simply dedicated to “keeping the lights on.” Today cloud was supposed to be easier but in reality you need a dedicated engineer to architect and manage financial spend. How do you see companies managing cloud spend today?
MG: Most organizations have a document acknowledging their cloud spend but it’s not what we’d call a true cloud strategy. In the on-premises world (which still makes up 85% of companies today) a license agreement shows you what a customer is entitled to use and compares this to what is installed. In the cloud world it’s the same but on the other side of the subscription there is no inventory – simply consumption.
What’s the best way to effectively manage private cloud?
SM: If you have a true private cloud how do you reach the same level of operational model and efficiencies in the public cloud? What application management trends are out there today? And last but not least – lift and shift – recommended or waste of time?
MG: In the past in the on-premises world there were always tools to manage what licenses were actually being used. It will take time to reach the same level in the cloud. As far as lift and shift – definitely sexy – but many of those workloads that may belong in the cloud need to be optimized first. That takes intellectual capital not brute force.
SM: Who’s helping across the multi-cloud world?
MG: At their core the publishers want what is best for the customer. We see strong competition for both on-premises support and cloud support but we don’t see anyone making as big of a play for the management of the entire estate similar to what SoftwareONE is achieving.