A few weeks ago, we announced the results of a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute. The survey looked at the responses of more than 600 IT leaders responsible for cloud management within their organizations and led to some interesting findings about the gap between their expectations around the value of DevOps, containers and microservices and their organizations’ current enablement capabilities. You can check out the full report here.
One area we didn’t talk about on the blog, though, was the challenges organizations are facing with hybrid cloud management. The rise of cloud services means global companies with complex environments have been able to reduce costs and improve efficiency, but there are consequences to that. Organizations are struggling with how their employees consume cloud resources.
Forty-six percent of survey respondents said their company’s cloud consumption model is “cloud direct,” which means end users bypass IT and cloud management technologies in order to communicate directly to the clouds (AWS, Azure, etc.) through native APIs or their own public cloud accounts.
When your workforce relies on cloud-direct consumption to operate and deliver on business objectives, that can create an incredibly complex and opaque environment that is difficult to manage. In fact, the report underscored just how much difficulty organizations are having getting visibility into their cloud environments. The report found:
- 70 percent of respondents have no visibility into the purpose or ownership of the virtual machines in their cloud environment;
- 68 percent of respondents lack a single user interface to view their entire cloud environment;
- 66 percent of respondents said they are constantly challenged with management and tracking of digital and virtual assets in their cloud ecosystem;
- 62 percent of respondents said it is challenging to optimize IT capacity based on unknown utilization, visibility and predictability.
The survey does a really good job of showing the scope of the visibility problem that enterprises are dealing with. At Embotics, we work closely with customers every day to ensure they have unparalleled visibility across their private, public and hybrid clout environments. vCommander will give you day-one visibility into both your private and public cloud assets, providing that single pane-of-glass required to properly manage your hybrid cloud infrastructure. And if you’re looking for cost visibility and optimization, vCommander also provides extensive cost management capabilities in the areas of rightsizing, power scheduling, and reserved instance management.