Multi Cloud Governance: 5 Factors to Consider
In the previous blog post, we talked about why enterprise IT should consider cloud governance. As we discussed in some of the earlier published blog posts, multi cloud is fast becoming the norm and is becoming the foundation of modern enterprise.
Compared to traditional IT, cloud governance is hard because of:
- its distributed nature, going beyond enterprise infrastructure perimeter
- the self-service model lowering the barrier to consumption
- the pay-per-use pricing model making it easy to consume cloud services
Multi cloud only makes governance even harder than using a single cloud provider. Some challenges with multi cloud governance include:
- Perimeter spans different cloud providers with different set of services
- Managing resources and authentication is not easy
- Cost fluctuation could lead to inefficient use
- Not all services from a cloud provider are compliant to all the regulations
Factors to consider for multi cloud governance
With this in mind, we are going to highlight various factors to consider as you move to embrace multi cloud. It is important for enterprise IT to set forth these policies and lower the barrier to compliance among the stakeholders. This clearly implies using the right platform to manage multi cloud governance.
Standardizing Service Consumption
Different service providers offer different interfaces for service consumption. It is important to ensure that there is a single interface from which services from different cloud providers can be consumed. However, settling on libraries and interfaces that offers a common set of features across cloud providers is inefficient. The consumption interfaces should support all the features of a service that is available when consumed through the cloud providers’ interface.
Policies & Process
Create a set of policies and get buy-in from the stakeholders and establish a process taking advantage of workflows supported by the multi cloud platform. Without this, multi cloud will lead to chaos, failures and waste. Make sure your security policies are baked in so that security doesn’t become an afterthought and lead to governance issues.
Runaway costs is a big risk in multi cloud management, especially with price fluctuations among cloud providers. An integrated cost management platform that gives visibility to not just central IT but also to individual teams is important.
Even in traditional IT, regulatory compliance is a big headache, causing friction between the stakeholders. With multi cloud and with containers making IT more distributed, ensuring regulatory governance is hard. There should be a clear set of principles, policies, standards, and guidelines established and it should be automated to ensure that regulatory compliance is continuously ensured.
Single Pane of Glass
Having a single pane of glass to monitor and track infrastructure consumption, costs and governance is a must for any multi cloud governance platform. Without this visibility, there will be chaos leading to failures
Multi cloud governance is hard. It is important to establish policies with automated workflows, communicated clearly to all stakeholders with data driving the compliance. A platform like CoreStack Enterprise is designed to help enterprise IT establish strong governance and ensure seamless compliance.