To mix or not to mix

July 7, 2011

As the public and private sectors adopt cloud computing for more and more services, they will inevitably be faced with the question of whether they should get all of their services from one vendor or mix-and-match. Enterprise Networking Planet has taken a look at the pros and cons of both approaches.

When it comes to cloud, most buyers are in the market for at least one of the following services: infrastructure as a service, software as a service, or platform as a service.

The first thing the buyer has to consider is whether one company can satisfy all of their cloud needs. If not, the choice becomes a lot easier.

“Like most things IT, it really comes down to how many in-house resources you want to devote to managing the final solution,” writes Brian Proffitt. One vendor means less hands in the pot, which could mean less stress on the customer. However, he says, “Mixed cloud solutions may be a better way to go for you if you have a good batch of in-house expertise that understands clouds and provisioning and don’t mind getting their hands dirty once in a while.”

With a relatively small cloud community at this point in time, he adds, cloud vendors know each other and incompatibilities are rare.

The Fed Cloud Blog wants to know what strategy YOU are taking…are you mixing it up or playing it straight with one vendor? What strategy do you think works better? Comment below or email us.