Gartner reported that the public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market grew 31.4% in 2016 (see “Market Share: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2016”), resulting in a $22.6 billion market in 2016. While Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Alibaba are the leading cloud IaaS providers, the rest account for 46% of revenue share in 2016. An increased number of Centizen’s customers are leveraging the advantages of cloud infrastructure at their organization’s core. There are several key factors of enterprise cloud adoption and management to consider when investing in any cloud platform: Many IaaS providers offer easy ways to create, modify and remove core infrastructure components. Infrastructure provisioning processes should be comprised of independent and valuable tasks which offer a high degree of reuse across operations. The task of provisioning and configuring infrastructure with the appropriate base software means consistency and standardization across all enterprise applications. Processes that take advantage of standardization, result in greater infrastructure stability.
Governance and Policy
This is one of the key capabilities which most organizations catch up on at a later stage in their cloud adoption. At the core, this demands clearly defining what users can do and establishing limits. A lack of cloud governance can lead to security holes, cloud sprawl, integration problems or shadow IT.
Monitoring and Metering
Monitoring consumption of the cloud resources is an important lens to view cloud expenditure.
Cost Transparency and Optimization
This involves enabling tracking, budgeting and optimization of the cloud expenses. This is closely tied to orchestration and automation. Ensure all cloud resources are accounted for, all stakeholders and departments have visibility, cost is fully allocated and cloud governance is in place.
Capacity and Resource Optimization
The efficient operational use of the infrastructure footprint is an important factor. Capacity management is the practice of planning, managing, and optimizing IT infrastructure resource utilization so performance is high and infrastructure cost is low. It’s a balancing act of cost vs. performance that requires insight into the current and future usage.
Cloud Migration and Disaster Recovery
Disaster doesn’t come with an appointment. Cloud readiness determination, discovery, lifting and shifting of workloads between and/or among on-premises and off-premises environments. It also requires workloads being permanently migrated from one environment to another, and workloads re-positioned.
Security and Identity Management
There are various security-related functionalities needed in a cloud computing environment (for example, risk management, segregation of duties, single sign-on and key management), particularly those involving public cloud services. Restrict access with Active Directory, Security Assertion Markup Language or Lightweight Directory Access Protocol systems. Additionally, scanning and re mediating deployed infrastructure for security vulnerabilities is needed where the remediation is performed by Provisioning, Orchestration and Automation.
It focuses on automating the software delivery process so that teams can easily and confidently deploy their code to production at any time. By ensuring that the code base is always in a deploy able state, releasing software becomes an unremarkable event without a complicated ritual. Teams can be confident that they can release whenever they need to without complex coordination or late-stage testing. As with continuous integration, continuous delivery is a practice that requires a mixture of technical and organizational improvements to be effective.
Centizen’s cloud consulting and contract staffing services help our clients accelerate their journey to the cloud. For those already there, we can help you transform your enterprise cloud adoption with cloud infrastructure and reduce operational costs. We also help our customers with the selection and implementation of open source applications to run in your cloud. Centizen’s cloud services put enterprises on the right track to fast and successful cloud optimization.