CIO published an article that said “the primary mission of the CIO is no longer to drive competitive advantage by balancing a cadence of enterprise-wide deployments with the ongoing maintenance of legacy infrastructure.” Instead it suggested that “the best CIOs will embrace public cloud technology, free themselves from infrastructure maintenance, and instead focus on ways to increase employee and customer engagement that drive business results.”
IDC predicts that by 2016, there will be an 11% shift of IT budget away from traditional in-house IT delivery, toward various versions of cloud computing as a new delivery model. By 2017, 35% of new applications will use cloud-enabled, continuous delivery and enabled by faster DevOps life cycles to streamline rollout of new features and business innovation. IDC also predicts that by 2018, public cloud spending will more than double to $127.5 billion.
So we have this combination of a decrease in in-house IT spending, increase in public cloud spending and increase in cloud-enabled applications via DevOps. It is creating a perfect triangle for cloud.
But there is a downside. CIO wrote:
“But the availability, ease of implementation, and low cost [of public cloud] has made it possible for employees to implement without IT’s knowledge — and just as customers are going multiple-channel, employees are going multi-cloud.
Multi anything leads to more information, IT and specifically a CIO’ s best opportunity is to radically improve a company’s access to and flow of that information.
With the cloud, we have already had to deal with virtual machine sprawl due to self-service provisioning of resources required. On the one hand, end users enjoy the benefits of provisioning the resources they require, on demand, without the need to go through layers of requests. On the other hand, by enabling end users to provision and manage their own resources, virtual machine sprawl can quickly become a problem. The result can be wasted resources and money, unmaintained applications, potential security issues and more.
But now we have entered into the next phase of sprawl – the multi-cloud sprawl. It is no longer just a one cloud option. Many organizations are opting to use multiple clouds and employees are (whether approved or not) accessing their own cloud to do their jobs. And while the sanctioned cloud usage is healthy, organizations need to keep an eye on cloud resources and make sure that there is always an element of control.
Getting Cloud Control
Data Center Knowledge suggest that “Whether [cloud environments] are native or third -party, you have to maintain constant visibility into your environments. With a number of different platforms working, get a tool that’s agnostic to the underlying systems.”
One way to achieve that is using a multi-cloud management tool. A single entry point for managing all cloud resources can really come into play to help CIOs and DevOps control the cloud. We recommend organizations look for a solution that enables the IT team to deploy applications across multiple clouds via one unified interface. Our solution for this is Flexiant Concerto.
For DevOps and CIOs wanting to use multiple clouds, easily, through one user interface to deploy and automate applications, Flexiant Concerto can help. It offers a solution to cloud sprawl by giving DevOps one central control panel for access to multiple cloud providers and geographies. Through a single, easy to use interface and its relative REST API, the DevOps team can manage the various clouds used within their enterprise with a unified experience, reducing much of the complexity that organizations fear today.
Managing applications on several clouds is easy with Flexiant Concerto, whether these apps are content management systems, e-commerce stores, databases, middleware etc. Consistency is guaranteed by the abstraction provided by Flexiant Concerto’s cloud-independent application blueprints.
Flexiant Concerto can take away a lot of the headaches for your DevOps team as they try to cope with the complexity of multi-cloud. If you don’t believe us, try it for FREE and see it for yourself. Sign up now.