Retaining control and agility in a hybrid cloud environment
Despite the benefits of cloud, the resources, including computing, human and financial, are not infinite. Users may spin up new virtual machines that are left idling and never shut down, fearing that they will lose these assets in the future. This drives the provisioning of more cloud storage that without understanding the actual usage, adds unnecessary financial expense.
For those who aren’t able to get access to the hybrid cloud resources, frustration and business needs may cause them to turn towards shadow IT - solutions not compliant or approved by the IT team. Without a proper system to govern your cloud, resources can quickly be exhausted.
The good news is a hybrid cloud environment doesn’t have to be difficult to manage and orchestrate for IT compliance and cloud performance, and there are options available depending on your organisation’s IT skills and experience.
Self-managed cloud management platforms provide experienced staff with the necessary tools to manage solutions, review costs and generate the optimum performance from your cloud resources.
A cloud management platform can help implement a governance and compliance policy in accordance with the business’s IT strategy. A limit for cloud costs can be set for each business unit according to their requirements, while the provisioning of the resources can be automated through the platform. This makes it easier for business units to request for their cloud resources and get them promptly provisioned.
Management and IT monitoring teams can use these platforms to view current utilisation levels, flag any suspicious usage rates, or remind other business units to shut down and free up resources that are idling for a long period of time. Based on these trends, cloud platforms are also able to provide periodic forecasts of spend. This makes it easier for companies to manage their costs to maximise their cloud performance.
Despite its great potential, a cloud management platform is only the tool required to execute the solution. For successful cloud management, an organisation requires a team of cloud experts, who are trained and understand the best practices to manage a cloud environment to deliver the intended results. External managed cloud services provide a good alternative for businesses that lack the time and resources to govern and maintain the end-to-end environment themselves.
Deployment of your cloud environment requires patience and due diligence, but it’s important to start your hybrid cloud journey in the right direction from day one. For more information on how Telstra is helping organisations get the most from hybrid cloud through its Cloud Management Platform and expert managed cloud services, read our blueprint for best practice here.