With today’s technology, businesses can remotely manage their data and accounts from one interface, making it easier, quicker, and more flexible. Cloud has always had a great role in IT, and it keeps on increasing. Many organizations now spend more on cloud infrastructure than on non-cloud infrastructure, showing how the cloud has impacted the IT environment.
Yet, cloud infrastructures are getting more and more complex, especially with the digital revolution happening. Sooner than later, businesses will need more advanced ways to deal with it so as to still see benefits.
First of all, we can wonder why so many organizations are turning towards the cloud. Cloud infrastructure enables a quicker time to market and more scalability. Besides, cloud-based resources can also reduce the complexity of deploying new services, hence allowing developers to focus on more complex tasks.
Moreover, cloud-center methodologies such as Infrastructure as Code (IaC) allows the automation of management and provisioning of an entire technology stack with configuration, rather than having manual deployments. IaC can also support CI/CD deployment and disaster recovery plans by easily deploying test environments.
However, cloud proficiency depends on organizations. Indeed, sometimes developers who implement cloud deployments are trying to achieve quick results rather than focus on efficiency. Thus, this approach can be inefficient and end with systems that are difficult to maintain. This could even be worsened over time if additional services or new features are built on top of the initial design.
It is then getting more and more complicated to deploy well-designed cloud systems. Organizations that are trying to leverage the cloud in more advanced ways are sometimes forced to re-architect existing systems, hence making them lose more time than anything.
There are also other factors that enhance the complexity of the cloud. Indeed, the quick evolution of the cloud has led to new cloud tech and strategies that didn’t exist before, such as serverless and containers. Thus, businesses need to find a way to adapt to it. With this new tech, there is a need for new skills and expertise. Only more qualified cloud engineers will enable the company to stay ahead of the competition.
Alongside these advancements, also comes more risks from a larger attack surface. This is where an experienced and skilled team in dealing with new cloud tech is absolutely vital. Cloud architects are now necessary to help enterprises to see whatever technology they feel is the best fit. Multi-cloud is key, and microarchitectures are the way to define enterprise architecture through event-driven decoupled sprints. Moreover, modern public cloud platforms provide broad capabilities that keep on evolving quickly. Hence, the organization will gain both in cost and in reliability and maintainability.
Better management of cloud infrastructure
Over the years, businesses build their IT infrastructure environment with separate servers, storage, and networking components, hence, making their data center too complex and hard to manage. However, as the cloud is evolving quickly, it is making it all the more challenging to control these environments.
With new cloud capabilities becoming available, enterprises have the responsibility to leverage the right features for the best cloud solution possible, which require constant optimization. Hence, businesses need to have the appropriate tools and resources to maintain them.
Therefore, many companies are in need of one common management solution to strengthen their infrastructure silos. The best solution would be to have one unified management interface, which would help address the complexities of managing these hybrid IT environments, including server, storage, and networking.
There is then a need to simplify how these environments are managed. Some tools that might help do that include cloud management platforms (CMPs), cloud service brokers (CSBs), resource governance, service governance, cost governance, multi-platform monitoring, and multi-platform management. Cloud-based systems need special requirements, including new cloud-native interfaces, purpose-built databases, and the use of identity for security and governance.
In order to get the best management of cloud infrastructure, businesses need the best experts in cloud practices and automation strategies. These cloud experts can then focus on core designs, in-house IT in order to keep productivity and quality as best as possible.
The best way to eliminate native system complexity from databases, platforms, operating systems, containers, HPC, and specialized systems is through leveraging tools to manage and monitor these systems. Organizations need to use common notions that are consistent from system to system and to implement a solution that can remove complexity from multi-cloud.
Having a better-managed cloud infrastructure will enable organizations and customers to transform their servers, storage, and networking into software-defined infrastructure that can reduce complex manual processes and increases the speed and flexibility of IT service delivery.