Earlier this year, Embotics teamed up with the Ponemon Institute on a survey looking at enterprise priorities for hybrid cloud management. The purpose of that research was to understand the opportunities, challenges, costs and risks companies experience as they manage their public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructures and emerging application container environments. You can check out the full report here.
This research does an excellent job of showing the gap between how organizations perceive the value of DevOps, microservices and containers and their existing enablement capabilities. Recently in this space, we dove a little deeper into the survey results and talked about the visibility issues illuminated by the research, but that got me thinking about some other hidden nuggets in the survey. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of those data points and findings in the blog.
Today, I want to spend some time talking about what the survey showed about respondents’ experiences with their existing cloud management platforms (CMPs). When we started reviewing the data, we were surprised to see the extent to which many companies simply do not have features critical to successful cloud management. Nearly half of the respondents were currently using a CMP, which gave us a representative sample of cloud management pros to learn from. Among the surprising findings when respondents were asked which features their current CMP provides:
- 51 percent identify who logged in and how often
- 42 percent are able to create reports that identify sprawl and compute wastage in oversized virtual machines
- 40 percent create an understanding of how virtualized machines are being used over time
- 36 percent can automate lifecycle management and decommissioning with a policy engine and assign correct ownership to virtual machines
- 33 percent show costs in a simple, graphical form to department or IT managers
- 31 percent can accurately report who specifically is consuming resources
- 30 percent understand what service or request the machine in question is servicing
- Less than one in four are able to analyze workloads so that system admins can optimize sprawl servers and identify savings by right sizing
- Just one in five are able to reclaim resources automatically and place them back into a shared resource pool
If you’re anything like me, there may be one word that pops into your head when you read those results: waste. Those last two, in particular, point to solutions that simply are not meeting the evolving needs of cloud management professionals in an efficient and effective way. There’s a reason the response we’ve gotten since unveiling Embotics CMP 2.0 has been so overwhelmingly positive - it fills an enormous gap in the market. We’re proud to have ushered in the CMP 2.0 era to the cloud management industry and look forward to helping to do our part creating a world where a cloud management platform is far more effective in addressing critical pain points like these.