Why Enterprises Need A CloudOps Strategy For A High-performing Resilient Cloud

CloudOps Strategy For A High Performing Resilient Cloud

Cloud development strategies that embrace AI, ML, big data processing, and similar other advanced technologies create resilient cloud performance that drives revenue.

But how often do enterprises focus on CloudOps to achieve the most resilient form for businesses to keep running in times of adversity?

With soaring cloud adoption in the past few years due to the pandemic-induced years, enterprises look at shifting to the cloud, with lesser regard to security and monitoring of operations.

Enterprises built the best-breed cloud solution without mastering the tools and techniques required to run cloud systems. Navigating through uncharted waters to maintain business continuity can become critical, especially when operations, monitoring, and security are not emphasized enough while using the enterprise cloud.

Enterprises want to run in a zero-downtime environment. For this, it is necessary to build a resilient cloud environment to handle all possible outages. While some measures can be undertaken to control cloud operations, it is a challenge and risk to manage resiliency across an entire cloud ecosystem that is an assortment of multiple clouds, networks, resources, and more. They frequently are the result of outages which cause more damage to businesses than imagined.

What are the pillars of CloudOps?

Use Self Service Workflow  with CloudOpsCloud Operations is an abstraction of four prime pillars that enterprise cloud models must rely on – Network, Security, Performance, and Management. The role here is to deliver continuous cloud services, optimize performance and ensure system integration and resource cloud management.

A robust CloudOps strategy and implementation helps create a secure and resilient cloud model. It also includes help desks and support tasks to support key pillars of efficiency.

The biggest selling point by enterprise clouds vendors to make the shift to the cloud work on are issues when Cloud Operations are mismanaged or ignored.

Can cloud features turn from boon to blight?

The cloud offers continuous availability. But this might not be the case for all cloud services or features. The existence of a more agile and available model does not mean resiliency automatically adheres across all operations. Certain cloud features that may present challenges if not managed effectively are:

  1. Scalability – Instant scalability acts as a fast-forward way to operate the enterprise cloud. But simply adding more servers to the system without thinking about latency problems could disrupt the consistent operations of the cloud.
  2. Cost-effectiveness – Without the focus on resilient Cloud Operations, the cost incurred when the burst usage occurs can be substantial. It’s like spending more on cure than on prevention when it was necessary. Hence, the need to invest in cloud cost management (FinOps) that works on the policy – prevention is better than cure.
  3. Easy Cloud Management – Once an outage occurs, the system becomes highly volatile to any kind of risk management without a prior strategy in place.

Knowledge of impact on business and design of cloud requires more attention than ever, as enterprises move to hybrid environments. Business disruption because of cloud failover is tackled by developing a robust cloud framework ready to face its eventuality in adverse times.

Why is CloudOps important and how to build a CloudOps strategy to achieve resilience?

In today’s world, customers expect seamless connectivity to business platforms, apps, and websites across geographies. Any downtime or disruption to this journey causes a significant impact on business for enterprises working on the cloud model.

Cloud Adoption for Cloud Architect Modernize Operations ImageTolerance to any kind of discontinuity in consumers’ journey eventually shifts their attention to other market competitors which certainly implies a loss for the business. Cloud undeniably taps the potential of offering a low-cost, agile system, with reduced risks compared to the traditional on-premise s environment.

However, with more complexities like ‘n’ number of cloud vendors, endless cloud features, types of architectures, and cross-platform models, it becomes complicated to blueprint an optimal model. Enterprises lack the right resources and skills to achieve Cloud Operations without any disruptions.

For example, when a customer places an order on an app, the application directs to the transaction page, notifies the back-end system, checks inventory, predicts the delivery date, and journeys back to the customer experience page. But if any one of these sub-applications faces a downtime while processingClick here to enter text. this might eventually affect the customer’s decision to buy the product.

In other words – “Enterprises that do not focus on Cloud Operations to develop resilience are moving towards an unpredictable catastrophic event without any combat measures in place.”

While there are multiple sources to turn to the cloud for business continuity, there are comparatively limited references on how to effectively plan and build resilience across CloudOps. The cloud should be treated as a set of functions whose resiliency requirements must be analyzed, measured, monitored, managed, and tested against risks.

Best practices that enable organizations to assess their cloud structure against any adversity, and facilitate asking the right questions to help tackle the risks are –

Assess and ask the right questions

It is hard to find answers without knowing what you’re looking for. In times of crisis, the only winning solution is to know the methods to combat the situation. However, this requires a series of measures brought into effect, by understanding the enterprise cloud system in and out. Ask these questions to understand the system

  • Which functions are most critical to your business?
  • Did we quantify the cost of these functions during downtime?
  • Do we understand where the data and security breach points reside in the system?
  •  Have we structured a proper downtime period for the enterprise cloud?
  • What is the impact of workload downtime caused on CloudOps?

Cloud Operations Gain Holistic Cloud Utilization InsightsAssess by –

  • Identifying the dependencies of data, workloads, sub-application processes in cloud and legacy environment
  • Knowing the structure of the cloud, layers of cloud, critical storage and networks, restoration priorities
  • Mapping resilience requirements of workloads with risk management methods
  • Understanding the cloud maintenance cycle is required for cloud upkeep
  • Strategize and design cloud model keeping resiliency at the heart

The enterprise cloud design integrates all the Cloud Operations of the business. Likewise, building a resilient model must align with this design to include all the requirements, impact, and mitigation strategies.

In the cloud levels of abstraction make it complex to link dependencies. This is where a cloud architecture comes to the rescue. Have a detailed understanding of the cloud architecture you are building and ensure the holistic servicing is covered . This includes – provisioning, automation, monitoring, reporting, and mitigation.

  • Apply cloud resilience principles in designing the delivery model of your business
  • Identify which resilience CloudOps strategies are the best fit to manage and mitigate risks across various levels of cloud abstraction – multi or hybrid cloud model, cloud + legacy infrastructure, etc.

Testing

To build an always-on and available IT framework, it is critical to not just test the system integrations against risks. You must use key indicators like Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) to assess and manage any post-migration or ongoing performance issues.

The promise of a highly available cloud with the ability to continuously deliver high-performing functions requires monitoring, clustering, virtualization, automated system orchestrations, and load balancing.

  • Create a hypothesis of failure occurrences based on expected and observed patterns of workloads and interdependencies, and their effect on business
  • Conduct trigger runs by infusing faults and errors in the system. Outage situations get detected here
  • Injecting faults in the system will help understand the severity of when particular function/functions fail and help formulate a mitigation strategy beforehand
  • Use virtualization techniques to shift the data and application load to a remote site during recovery
  • Plan cross-cloud strategies for storage replication and enable proper synchronization of data
  • Test the plan and acquire customer feedback based on possible test and failover cases

Cloud Security Obtain a Comprehensive Security Posture ImageThe best outcome of designing a continuous CloudOps strategy is to sustain it through a well-managed and mitigated risk framework. Though cloud vendors promise a highly available cloud, the underlying guarantee of a resilient and continuous Cloud Operations model depends on the enterprise.

It involves building a smart architecture and design on the application and infrastructure layer to achieve resiliency. Continuously monitored and updated governance can facilitate a more resilient and risk-reduced model.

Cloud governance is necessary to map and operate the resiliency requirements along with the daily cloud operations. Enterprises tend to have a possible oversight of resilience methodology or have resilience experts in the corner while designing cloud environments. In today’s world, the cloud’s best features make it easily attractive as an enterprise solution, but its complexity also makes it susceptible to outage and risks.

The best solution is to enable best cloud practices, monitor, test, and apply governance, risk, and compliance methods across the cloud ecosystem. SecOps, DevOps, and CloudOps working in tandem can enable the best cloud model that facilitates business continuity.

Enterprises are increasingly using various cloud platforms, each geared at providing differentiated value. Some common pillars and principles guide enterprise clouds in defining, building, and enforcing cloud guardrails for efficient governance.

Cloud Operations, Security, Cost, Access, and Resource consistency form the core pillars of cloud governance, or as we call it the OSCAR, which forms the foundation for continuous and autonomous cloud governance. Learn more about “Cloud Operations Governance” in our next article.

How CoreStack’s tested and proven CloudOps enable seamless business continuity?

Overcome Multi-cloud Headaches with CloudOpsCoreStack’s business-centric cloud operations and handling is time-tested and enables your enterprise cloud design to accommodate the best practices by applying governance and resilience across CloudOps. From tested and applied solutions to integrating the best practices for C-suite clients, CoreStack has proven expertise in the domain.

Visit our definitive customer case studies to learn more. Through the power of AI, Automation, and Deeper Visibility, you can run lean, efficient, and outage-free cloud operations. CoreStack CloudOps solutions help enterprises to –

  • Orchestrate rules and continuously govern operations
  • Assess the current state of CloudOps maturity accurately and continuously
  • Use self-service workflow
  • Overcome multi-cloud challenges
  • Gain visibility in multi-cloud inventory
  • Remediate and simplify the complexity of multiple tools and integrations

CoreStack helps enterprises adopt a well-architected cloud, that facilitates a comprehensive look into resiliency and deliver a CloudOps business with an always-on and available platform.

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