Mitigating cloud visibility challenges with cloud resource data
In the previous blog post, we talked about how lack of visibility hurts multi-cloud success. The visibility challenges arise due to the infrastructure spanning multiple cloud providers and on-premise data centers across multiple regions. The predicament intensifies further with the use of multiple types of services from virtual machines to serverless and more. In this blog post, we will highlight how we can mitigate some of these challenges.
Cloud visibility is hindered by the use of cloud management and governance tools as an afterthought than from the stage of service consumption itself. Along with a handle on cloud service orchestration and cost visibility, it is important to have an end to end mapping and control of cloud resources. Without such a holistic control, silos will emerge, impacting cloud visibility. The following are necessary components for comprehensive resource management that are at the heart of cloud-native management and governance platforms.
- Dynamic discovery engine: Developers and DevOps consume multiple cloud services from different cloud providers using a web interface or CLI or API. It is critical to have a dynamic service discovery engine that automatically detects any service consumption from anywhere using any interface
- Cloud resource inventory: Once the services are discovered, it should be added to a cloud CMDB database. This is an important step in ensuring visibility across silos. Thus, making it easy to apply policies to stay compliant
- Metadata based reporting: Tagging cloud services has become a standard to ensure seamless governance. Reporting based on tagging helps in breakdown of silos resulted from traditional categorizations such as project teams
- Cloud resource dependency mapping: Cloud services may depend on other cloud services like orchestration, security, and monitoring. This needs to be mapped out for ensuring proper governance compliance. This also includes cloud resource application components and other allowed packages
- Cloud resource operational data: You need access to all the operational data including monitoring and security to ensure comprehensive visibility.
As we pointed out in the previous posts, lack of visibility is critical to the success of the digital transformation efforts. With the fluidity of cloud services and operational data, you need a platform that can bring together all the above features. Thus, offering a single pane of glass across all services from all cloud providers. CoreStack platform is built from the ground up to meet these needs. Contact us here to learn more about CoreStack.