The promise of the cloud is almost beyond compare; infinite computing resources, unmatched reliability and uptime, instantaneous service availability, simplistic self-service and provisioning, and the low-low prices of a buy by the drink model. These are the reasons behind the rush to the cloud that we are currently experiencing. However, the wholesale adoption does bring a downside as more and more capability is moved to the cloud, more and more cloud providers are utilized since, and for the most part, each provider offers only a limited suite of services. The multi-cloud environment that creates a new set of challenges that IT leaders need to overcome, notably resiliency, interoperability/integration, and security and compliance through careful planning and the lessons learned from building complex on premise distributed systems.
Daniel Steeves, CIO, Ottawa Police Service