Top Challenges of IaaS Asset Management

26 February 2019 | Posted by Cass Information Systems, Inc.

The public cloud is predicted to continue upon its trajectory of explosive growth – with Gartner forecasting worldwide revenue to increase by 17.3%. However, while the benefits of public cloud adoption are well-defined, keeping track of the growing number of managed services present within an enterprise-level environment is far more challenging. Here are four key reasons why.

1. The Simplification of Asset Procurement

Cloud computing is now a ubiquitous term within enterprise organizations – with everyone from the c-suite to the wider workforce having at least some understanding of its value. But while this assimilation of knowledge is widely-considered good news, it can also lead to some less-than-favorable outcomes.

While it was once the case that only experienced IT experts could navigate the nuance of the cloud, today it’s more convenient than ever for individuals to provision services. And often this newly-obtained accessibility goes hand-in-hand with a laissez-faire attitude toward service-provisioning.

With multiple people, spread across multiple departments, in multiple locations worldwide, all spinning up and down resources ad hoc, it’s easy for visibility and control of services to get lost – and when this happens, the management of the IaaS assets is hindered.

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2. The Emergence of Multi-Cloud Configurations

Multi-cloud is an approach that leverages multiple cloud services from multiple cloud service providers, and has quickly become the strategy of choice for enterprise organizations.

Combining the scalability of public cloud with the security of private cloud, all while minimizing costs and risk choosing the best-suited cloud services provider, its benefits are well-documented.

However, at the enterprise-level, multi-cloud configurations are notoriously complex and can become overwhelming to manage. And when they do, visibility into the cloud environment and inventory often slip with it – leading to a discrepancy in known managed assets vs actual managed assets.

3. The Growth of Asset Diversity

In the early days of enterprise cloud computing, cloud migration generally involved migrating assets onto a shared server space or creating an external storage location. This delivered the ability to swap CD-ROM for download, saved local storage space, and increased productivity.

But over the past two decades, the cloud has evolved rapidly – and now there are more applications, services, storage, methods, means, and formats than ever before. And this places a significant strain on individuals – such as IT managers – who are tasked with the tracking, management, and reporting of all these assets on an ongoing basis.

With the growth in asset diversity looking likely to accelerate, not decelerate, over the forthcoming years, it’s likely that this burden will get worse, not better as we progress through 2019.

4. The Failure of Native Tools

As discussed, at the enterprise-level, cloud environments are incredibly vast, intricate, and complex – particularly when multi-cloud configurations are in place.

Yet despite the necessity for visibility into these environments, tools native to AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud all fail to deliver the insight required to track the multitude of changes happening constantly.

With a lack of visibility and control over product and service location, usage parameters, and interconnected service and product dependencies, IT managers are unable to distinguish vital services from those unused – lacking the means to eliminate costs in the environment.

Summary

IaaS asset management is a growing concern for enterprise organizations not least due to the reasons outlined above. However, services exist which can help those charged with the responsibility of managing public cloud assets to gain a better handle on the enterprise environment.

To learn more about how cloud management services (CMS) can deliver the opportunity for your businesses to gain visibility and control over your public cloud environments by optimizing spend, minimizing waste, utilizing expert knowledge, and maximizing security and compliance – get in touch with a cloud-accredited expert today.

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