This VP says journey to cloud is never-ending. Should you be worried? | #AWSSummit


All-on-premise infrastructure is about as in-style as a BlackBerry Curve these days. If you haven’t at least started moving applications to the cloud, your IT team must be living under a rock. Companies are capitalizing by promising customers the easiest, most secure journey to cloud, but here’s the catch: That journey may not have a sole destination or a final one.

James Casey, VP of Partner Engineering at Chef Software, Inc., says companies in a rush to get the move done and forget all about it shouldn’t hold their breath. “Everybody talks about the move to the cloud — that’s a journey that’s never going to end for most customers. There is no end state,” he contends.

Casey told John Furrier (@furrier) and Lisa Martin (@Luccazara), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during AWS Summit in Santa Clara, CA, that he doesn’t think this is a bad thing. “Not everything has to move to cloud; not everything should move to cloud,” he said, adding that finding the best possible base for each app is better than going with a lowest common denominator that may compromise their function or security.

Forecast calls for scattered clouds

Casey told theCUBE hosts that “inter-clouding” will grow as companies realize it’s not one-size-fits-all.

“They’re going to have at least some work on premise in their data center; they’re going to be in at least two clouds, maybe more,” Casey said. He argued that this is fine, and companies should stop obsessing over having one destination for everything.

Department osmosis

“Traditionally, Chef would have been adopted by the web group, the digital group, the cloud team,” Casey said, adding that he’s seeing silos like C-suite and development break down to make DevOps run faster. “You need to take that grassroots who actually understand what DevOps is and how to apply it in the culture and get them connected with the people who can start to push that on to broad adoption.”

Watch the full interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the AWS Summit – Santa Clara.

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