Attain cloud success with a staunch cloud governance framework
Since the advent of computers in the workplace, IT governance has been instrumental in ensuring that technology is tightly aligned with the core business strategy and goals. With the onset of cloud technology, governance becomes even more challenging. Previously, the lines were clearly demarcated – who owned what and was responsible for what was defined neatly.
But cloud came with its own set of trials and triumphs.
Trials in the form of shadow IT and security pitfalls appear because everyone wants to ship faster than the competitor, at a cheaper price and can’t wait for the draconian approval team to finally give the go-ahead. This exposes the enterprise to multiple security threats and leads to runaway costs, with cloud sprawls becoming the norm.
Well, if you really look into it, the developers aren’t the only ones we must be pointing fingers at. The root cause of shadow IT is quite simple – Enterprise IT is unable to operate at the speed of business.
So who is to be held accountable? The users? The IT group? Or the cloud service providers themselves? The truth is that all three are responsible at some level and the accountability is distributed.
Building and implementing a robust cloud governance framework with clear directives on roles and responsibilities will help to govern cloud – ensuring security and compliance, elimination of cloud proliferation and sprawl, graceful handling of consumption and streamlining of operations.
What should go into a cloud governance framework?
At CoreStack, we believe in the 4C approach to cloud governance. CloudOps, Cost, Consumption and Compliance are the 4Cs we monitor, manage and regulate with our cloud governance and orchestration platform – CoreStack.
Without adequate visibility, it is difficult to ascertain if the organization is facing runaway cloud costs. This is all the more true in the case of a multi cloud setup. While there are gains achieved due to competition among cloud service providers, lack of cost analysis, budgeting and forecasting will lead to cost overruns.
CoreStack’s cloud analytics capability ensures that your enterprise is immediately alerted in case of budget overrun and you are able to make reasonably accurate cost forecasts.
In today’s agile work environment, technology must operate at the speed of business. In an attempt to go faster-to-market, developers tend to utilize cloud resources, without prior approval from IT team/Managers, giving rise to unmonitored, shadow IT. To beat shadow IT and bring in stricter governance of consumption, an intuitive and swiftly accessible cloud consumption interface is essential for users to quickly select resources from multiple cloud providers and gain approval.
CoreStack’s self service IT empowers enterprises with an intuitive interface using which end users can swiftly provision cloud resources, from multiple cloud providers, while following a short approval process.
With stricter privacy and security laws such as GDPR being enforced along with the existing HIPAA, HITRUST, SOX,etc. regulations, businesses must embed security and compliance at all levels of operations and not consider them an afterthought.
CoreStack helps enterprises fulfill their internal and external cloud governance needs with the Compliance dashboard. This dashboard indicates the security concerns and also provides recommendations to resolve these issues, thus playing a vital role in cloud compliance.
CloudOps is about using insights and automation to efficiently manage the cloud services across multiple cloud providers and delivering the SLA needed for the organization. However, the need of the hour is to opt for a more proactive approach to identify issues immediately and resolve them instead of a reactive one.
CoreStack supports the CloudOps team with the unique Information – Insight – Inference approach, wherein important metrics such as threshold alerts, automation failures, etc. are displayed in the Information panel; historical trends and noisy cloud account details are showcased in the Insights panel, and; instant predictions offered in the Inference panel.
Having a 4C approach helps to build a robust cloud governance framework that covers all areas of a cloud environment leading to better monitoring and management of cloud.