Let’s face facts: We often look at cloud computing as a single place to put our workloads and our data, where magic pixy dust takes care of what’s needed. But today we increasingly understand that the reality of the cloud—like the datacenter before it—is complexity, labor intensitiy, and more costs than we expected.
This should not surprise anyone. Cloud computing, including the hybrid and multicloud approaches, are complex distributed systems. Although the use of the public cloud buys you not having to purchase and maintain hardware and software, you still have to monitor, manage, and deal with cloud-based systems as if they were down the hall.