Cloud Success-The cloud is like a race car for business. It allows businesses to move fast, scale on demand and accelerate innovation. But it can spin out of control without guardrails to keep it on track.
Lack of guardrails is a key reason I see for unnecessary cloud spending. And there’s a lot of money going out the window. Research from cloud services provider RightScale (via TechTarget) suggests businesses waste up to 45% of their cloud spending.
But there’s good news here too. With the right guardrails in place, organizations can employ the cloud to accelerate their business — but without overspending or creating risk.
Organizations can do that by:
• Addressing management of their workloads proactively
• Being strategic about buying capacity
• Embracing a multicloud approach to gain more buying power
• Implementing holistic security practices to build confidence and drive greater cloud adoption
Managing Workloads Proactively And Based On Best Practices
One great thing about the cloud is that it’s there when you need it. Users from all departments can spin up a cloud instance wherever and whenever they need one. That’s amazing. But it also creates the potential for cloud overspending. The problem occurs when users don’t shut down their workloads and the meter keeps running.
This happens a lot. The solution is to create strategies and processes to shut down workloads that are no longer needed. Businesses can save a whole heap of money that way.
Informing users that they need to shut down unused workloads is a good place to start. But it’s just the beginning.
As we all know, telling people what to do tends to have mixed results. We’ve seen it with security. Security experts repeatedly tell people not to click on email links, but some do it anyway. If something can be done, somebody’s going to do it.
It’s hard for people to recall all the best practices anyway. There may be hundreds of them. I believe the more holistic approach to managing workloads involves using automation. Automation can provide businesses with visibility into all their workloads and how they compare to best practices. These are new types of tools, typically called cloud navigators, and they have hundreds of best practices that you can automatically assess and enforce.
Organizations can use that visibility in a variety of ways. One is to send alerts to the cloud navigators when their parameters fall outside best practices. Another is to trigger changes automatically when preset policies suggest action is needed. These are just two examples.