Jun 05, 2018

Tame the Wild, Wild West: Govern Your Cloud, Don’t Let Your Cloud Govern You.


Businesses are using the cloud for everything from mission-critical services to lunchroom apps. In many cases, the sheer volume of cloud solutions in place can become overwhelming. This is particularly true as plenty of organizations rely on non-IT users to subscribe to some cloud services. Having a sales manager sign up for a collaboration app to support field workers is great from a convenience perspective, by what happens when IT has to deal with extra bandwidth and enterprise data moving beyond controlled networks?

The reality is that the cloud can become a bit like the Wild West, and it is time for IT teams understand the importance of cloud governance.
 
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Ramping out cloud governance is becoming a necessity in enterprise IT departments, and doing so requires a holistic, well-balanced strategy.

The Cloud Governance Problem

One of the core challenges of managing a environment is that it works so differently than previous on premise solutions. Consider how a traditional configuration may look:

  • Systems are established within a closed network and connected to an external connection – typically a LAN or WAN – to reach end users.
  • Additional services, such as colocation, can complement on premise assets, but still exist within segregated network setups that are interconnected.
  • End-user devices are owned, managed and deployed by IT department.
  • Help desk teams oversee everyday issues and escalate significant problems to higher-level engineers.

 

Within this types of environments, IT has visibility into everything. No server gets deployed without IT doing the work. No new system connects to the network without IT being able to know about it. As such, governance was really about establishing clear IT policies and following them. In the cloud, that’s not the case. Service providers have automated and orchestrated clouds that roll out virtual machines and move them around as needed. Non-tech users often have freedom to subscribe to services. Personal mobile devices are given access to the network and log in to services via the web. There are so many places where IT loses visibility that governance strategies must change.

Get Your Cloud Under Control

Governing the cloud hinges on creating policies and use parameters that can be enforced automatically across the configuration, Cloud Technology Partners reported. Because the cloud is so far-reaching, this often means combining cybersecurity, API management, asset management and similar solutions into a cohesive governance ecosystem that enables IT teams to view the entire configuration and enforce best practices.

While cloud governance may seem like a major undertaking, it is becoming increasingly critical. A Forrester study found that, in the end, it often doesn’t matter who within an organization subscribes to various cloud services, the work of managing those systems eventually ends up on the shoulders of infrastructure and operations teams. IT needs to adjust governance for the cloud or risk being overwhelmed by the overhead created by the technology.

Businesses looking to take their cloud strategies to the next level need governance, and Lume can help. We offer a full suite of managed cloud services, giving our clients access to skilled support and resources to help them gain control over their cloud environments.

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