Re: Public cloud is not your Datacenter
I don't consider myself a rack-hugger, I just want to provide a service. However, it's not as simple as you claim. You ask for Cap-Ex to expand your on-premises capacity, and it needs to go through a whole approval process. I think minimum in our chain is 9 people, and normally about 11. Meanwhile your request sits and waits.
If you time the request right, just after some capacity is purchased, it can be provisioned quickly. Otherwise, Infrastructure group gets the blame but Management is the root cause.
The cloud can help with the agility aspect. And it can provide some insight in cost. But it's not a magic bullet. I don't think anyone would apportion out the cost of an individual cloud router, probably just a portion of the "infrastructure". (Dilbert, ca1999: Infrastructure is what everyone wants but no one wants to pay for)
Lift and shift of static workloads is by far the worst way to go cloud. Refactoring applications to take advantage of cloud elasticity is the way to go. Or SAAS.
Now, with our Change Advisiory Board, we have 10 steps of IT approvals to get, as well as 10 financial approvals, just to provision a server in the cloud. There is not a thing on the planet that can't be made worse by Management.