Companies today are pursuing a hybrid cloud or multi-cloud strategy as a way to accelerate digital transformation and make IT services more agile and cost-effective. By combining private and public clouds, you can deliver the right resources for each application and achieve greater efficiency while avoiding getting locked into a particular environment.
However, there are still significant barriers to multi-cloud adoption. One industry report from Forbes indicates that 60% of engineering organizations are slowing down public cloud adoption plans due to lack of security skills.
The skills gap is a major concern for organizations across the globe. We surveyed cloud experts to find out the top cloud challenges that companies face. Read on to learn how you can turn obstacles into opportunities and problems into possibilities.
Control and Visibility of Data
Storing sensitive and proprietary data in external cloud environments that aren’t fully under your control carries some risks. While public clouds provide best practices guides and case studies, your organization may still be apprehensive about moving data to the cloud. Many datasets have been exposed simply because operators weren’t familiar with the security model and tools in a given cloud versus the on-premises security environment.
On the other hand, when data is stored in a public cloud, your teams can access it from anywhere at any time. Your business can’t gain insight or innovation from data that no one can access. Properly managed, you can maintain complete control over your data in the cloud and even remotely erase data if there’s a threat.
Nutanix Beam provides continuous cloud security and compliance for Hybrid cloud & multi-cloud environments with one-click remediation of vulnerabilities. Beam provides insights into cloud compliance and security in real-time so that you can resolve potential threats before they turn into business problems. Having a single tool to manage security across multiple cloud environments simplifies security management and decreases the chance of costly errors.
Control and Visibility of Operations
Many businesses worry about losing fine-grained visibility into their IT operations. You still need to be able to track configuration changes and see who is accessing what and when.
There is a strong need for a process that automates a lot of cloud security health checks, so you can easily monitor and ensure security compliance and track configuration change events. Your organization may also want to consider adding DevOps toolchains to empower enterprise teams to better track and manage the entire application development and deployment lifecycle.
Fear of Bill Shock
Cloud services are priced differently from the simple fixed-price models of the traditional datacenter. Budgeting and managing costs in the public cloud is still a worry for many businesses, and there are plenty of horror stories about companies that have been saddled with huge and unexpected costs.
With a well-designed cloud architecture, and a comprehensive, hybrid cloud management plan, you can not only keep private and public cloud costs under control, but you can also optimize your spending and completely avoid bill shock.
You should consider dynamically provisioning and decommissioning system resources based on parameters such as workload, user traffic, etc. By dynamically optimizing resource utilization you could bring down the operational costs dramatically. Advanced dashboards are needed that help you establish budgetary controls and track actual cost accruals against planned costs.
Skill Sets for Cloud Management
Cloud platforms change the application development lifecycle. To succeed, your teams may need to become adept at using new, emerging technologies and be able to efficiently manage cloud resources during PoC, test, staging, and production—across multiple different environments. Because hiring people with these skills is a challenge, you may have to re-train existing staff and supplement with consultants and professional services.
Nutanix is committed to simplify and harmonize datacenter operations for the hybrid cloud era to reduce or eliminate these skillset challenges:
- Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software melds private, public and distributed cloud operating environments and provides a single point of control to manage IT infrastructure and applications at any scale.
- Nutanix Calm adds native application orchestration and lifecycle management to Nutanix Enterprise Cloud, decoupling application management from the underlying infrastructure and enabling applications to be easily deployed into private or public cloud environments
- Nutanix Beam is a hybrid cloud optimization service, providing deep visibility and rich analytics detailing cloud consumption patterns along with one-click cost optimization.
- Nutanix Epoch is a multi-cloud application monitoring service that provides real-time maps for application components, key health metrics and enables faster troubleshooting to reduce application downtime.
With these technologies, Nutanix eliminates cloud complexity and lets you simplify and automate routine tasks. Nutanix solutions bridge the gaps across cloud platforms, addressing the challenges and concerns of hybrid cloud or multi-cloud adoption.
Want to learn more about the state of cloud? Read the Nutanix Cloud Report.