When it comes to cloud complexity, you need to focus on priorities

Deloitte on Cloud Blog

Cloud architectures are getting complex as we move into multicloud configurations. Instead of having over 500 cloud services to manage, from storage to compute, we now have 1500 plus under management. Most of them are redundant to other services.

August 21, 2018

A blog post by David Linthicum, managing director, chief cloud strategy officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Enterprises are reaching a tipping point. This will happen when the number of cloud services under manage exceed the enterprise’s ability to manage those services. The exact tipping point will vary from company to company.

So, how can a large enterprise effectively manage this complexity? It’s a matter of prioritization. Below are some guidelines. Each should be made a priority:

  1. Focus on a layer of abstraction or brokering between those who consume the cloud services and the cloud services themselves. If you prep for complexity management, when it arrives you’ll be ready for it. This requires some extensive planning and tool selection, and you’ll need to do that well before the actual need.
  2. Focus on training. The smarter your staff is when it comes time to deal with cloud computing complexity, the more likely you are to succeed. Figure out an approach to training, which should include the use of CBT services, and any certifications you may need. The output of pre-planned training is a roadmap that can be applied to a skills gap assessment. You will understand where you are, where you need to go, and have a roadmap defined as to how you’re going to close the skills gap. Keep in mind that, in some cases, the map will point out the need to hire new staff or use outside talent.
  3. Focus on security. Those who believe that security can be an afterthought are ill-informed. Security should be a systemic effort that’s incorporated early in the process and is continuously improved. ‘Focus’ doesn’t mean you can toss security tools at the problem. First understand your requirements, access risk, and make a path of execution for policies and technology.

It’s not hard to understand why these issues are priorities. However, many enterprises still try to manage their emerging cloud complexity by acting in tactical and reactive ways. That won’t work. Learn from their experiences.

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