The pace of business is accelerating. IT teams are under pressure to do more with less, and do it more quickly (not to mention with fewer resources) than ever before. This has been the driving reason behind the rise of the cloud as enterprises adjust to this new paradigm. A recent Gartner poll taken at their IT Infrastructure, Operations Management and Data Center Conference asked enterprise IT what the main driver for cloud adoption was, with 66 percent confirming that it’s speed and agility. That’s why we’re seeing the trend of corporate IT being pushed to become strategic partners in the business. Speed, in essence, is all about competitive advantage and the ability to innovate more quickly to increase market share.
One interesting byproduct of this increased pace of cloud adoption resulting from the “need for speed” is sprawling. Sprawl is a term that has been around for years – virtual machine sprawl has been part of the IT lexicon for over a decade. But in recent years, most organizations have done a pretty good job of reigning in and keeping a lid on VM sprawl. That’s not to say it’s an issue that has been entirely solved, but it’s not nearly as much of an issue now as it was five or six years ago.
We’re at a spot now, though, with public cloud that closely resembles the old days of VM sprawl. When public cloud adoption started to really take off in the enterprise, not all of those processes to prevent sprawl were in place, so we’re seeing a situation where history is repeating itself. Cloud sprawl is a problem for IT – when public cloud accounts are managed outside your IT environment, there are a host of issues. It means you’ve got limited (or even no) controls on instance sizing, no lifecycle management and huge opportunities for waste and inefficiency, as dev/test workloads stay powered on indefinitely. This all leads to real dollars being wasted. If you’re sprawled out in public clouds, with limited control and oversight, that’s going to add up to a significant cost.
The folks at Gartner are big proponents of the term bimodal IT. When they talk about mode one, it’s about traditional, strong governance and controls, but not necessarily very fast. Mode two is more about Agile and Scrum development methodologies with an emphasis on failing fast. In many cases, that can lead to a lack of control.
Here at Embotics, we offer the best of both worlds. You want a strong representation of that governance from mode one, but at the same time, you can’t slow down because your business demands speed and agility. Embotics allows you to maintain that speed, but with the critical element of control – it’s speed, under control.
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