Multi-cloud is fast becoming a reality. Organizations adopt a multi-cloud strategy for various reasons such as: pick the best-of-breed cloud services, mitigate risks, and to avoid vendor lock-in. However, as they navigate the multi-cloud journey, lack of visibility is emerging as a big challenge. This is severely impacting their ability to innovate while staying secure, compliant, and cost-effective.
A survey of more than 300 IT professionals by Dimension Research underscores some of these challenges. According to the findings, 99% of organizations find business value from comprehensive cloud visibility. However, there are many challenges they face due to suboptimal cloud visibility.
- 87% of survey respondents cite security threats due to lack of comprehensive visibility. A patchwork of monitoring tools might miss security threats as the infrastructure and applications span multiple cloud providers
- 95% of respondents cite poor visibility as the reason for degradation in the performance of the application or network
- More than a third cited insufficient visibility as an important reason for application and network outages
- In our conversations with enterprise customers, we hear about cost leakage consistently
In today’s world, IT teams face cloud visibility challenges due to several reasons:
- Cloud infrastructure spans multiple cloud providers and on-premise data centers. Each cloud provider has multiple regions
- Organizations use various types of cloud services ranging from virtual machines to containers to serverless functions
- Each cloud service requires multiple other services to function smoothly, and this increased granularity in cloud services is a big obstacle in ensuring visibility
- Different cloud service scale differently and the time to startup various components of the services vary
- Large organizations use multiple accounts within each cloud provider, and monitoring and managing numerous services used by these accounts is difficult
Each cloud provider has its own monitoring tools. Even though they are comprehensive enough to support various services offered by the cloud providers, it doesn’t work across cloud providers. Similarly, first-generation cloud management tools offer limited features to handle multi-service and multi-cloud landscape. Their monitoring tools are very primitive to meet the needs of today’s cloud observability challenges. In the next blog post, we will talk about how we can mitigate these challenges to get more comprehensive visibility across multi-cloud landscape.