Andi Mann, chief technology advocate at Splunk, explained the importance of using cloud-native apps. "Taking advantage of cloud services means using agile and scalable components like containers to deliver discrete and reusable features that integrate in well-described ways, even across technology boundaries like multicloud, which allows delivery teams to iterate using repeatable automation and orchestration rapidly."
The technological considerations for a unified hybrid multicloud environment should be:
OS-level virtualization: A single OS instance is divided into isolated, dynamically created containers, each with a unique writable file system and resource quota so that underlying infrastructure dependencies are abstracted.
Updatability: This is one of the benefits of cloud-native apps, which are always available. In contrast, on-premises apps work on a subscription basis and need downtime when they’re being updated.
Flexibility: Custom-built applications and services must run on any private or public cloud with little modification, so that vendor lock-in is minimized.
Right-sized capacity: Infrastructure provisioning and configuration are optimized with dynamic allocation of resources. This means application lifecycles and workloads are better managed according to demand.
Collaboration: The ideal mix of cloud-native and virtualization facilitates improved DevOps, which means that people, processes, and tools are better utilized in operations to bring application code into production more quickly and efficiently.
Choose the Right Providers
It will be tempting to purchase and install the monitoring product from the largest provider with an existing relationship or the one that seems to have lots of features at a reasonable price. Here is a call to exercise caution. Only by matching the needs of the enterprise to the proposed product will the best fit for the organization be identified.
Pitfalls can include purchasing services that may not be fully utilized, accepting services that appear to cover most of the requirements, but may leave some unacceptable gaps, and products that can't be integrated – especially common with some on-premise, legacy applications. This last case could present a need for a second product or provider. There may not be a perfect answer to every scenario, but knowing the exceptions up front is critical to success.
There are several CMPs out there able to integrate on-premise, hybrid, and multicloud environments, each with their own services. Finding the one that best suits a given enterprise will depend on the requirements. Being mindful of the goal to simplify the operational model will require looking at several providers very closely.
Make sure to have direct conversations with the short-list of final provider candidates specifically about implementation and product support before final selection is advised. Often, this helps make the final decision more clearly visible.
Deploy and Normalize
Once your choices have been made, the unavoidable disruption during implementation must be managed. A phased approach is common practice while migrating to newer technologies. The internal team will partner closely with the provider’s team to define timelines and resources required for the migration.
Some environments will move quickly and rather seamlessly. Others may take a bit more work or custom integrations. It is important in the phased approach to allow learning, adjusting, and normalizing to happen along the way.
The post-implementation period will contain growth and present adjustments throughout the organization. Learning the big features and small nuances take time. Rules are often initially over-tooled. They require review and adjustment and fine-tuning them without limitations on access and functionality.
Some CMPs include AI and Machine Learning (ML) capabilities in their products. As these are integrated into the organization’s analytics, new patterns and opportunities will emerge.
The whole selection and migration process is ongoing and will take up more time initially, so it is best to start now. Hybrid and multicloud need no longer be synonymous with complexity. It’s time for organizations to claim the simplicity – or single pane of glass – promised by the integrated, converged cloud computing, networking, and storage model.
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Dipti Parmar is a contributing writer. She has written for CIO.com, Entrepreneur, CMO.com and Inc. magazine. Follow her on Twitter @dipTparmar.
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