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Cloud Consumption Models & Cloud Management

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In many enterprises today, cloud consumption is happening in an ad-hoc or varied fashion across several pockets of a large organization.

If we boil down how organizations consume cloud resources, there are two basic consumption models:

Cloud Consumption Model #1: Cloud Brokered

On-Prem and/or cloud resources are consumed (e.g. self-service provisioning) and governed through the IT dept.

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Cloud Consumption Model #2: Cloud Direct

Cloud consumers are directly consuming resources through APIs, cloud-native tools, consoles, etc. There are also cases within a single enterprise where both cloud consumption models are used.

Cloud-Consumption-Model-Diagrams - Cloud-Direct-Diagram

Cloud Management Platforms: Cloud Consumption Value-Add

A modern cloud management platform adds automation and governance value regardless of how cloud resources are provisioned and accessed.

For Cloud Direct, value-add is gained by providing engineering/DevOps teams with the freedom to consume public cloud resources as needed and preserving overall corporate agility through the use of a single-pane-of-glass across the entire hybrid cloud environment for governance.

In the Cloud Brokered case, additional, more proactive values can be achieved, such as cost/quota enforcement and intelligent placement of new cloud resources following the rules and guardrails defined by IT.

Cloud-Consumption-Model-Diagrams - Brokered-Direct-CMP

In large organizations, there can be a mix of both Direct and Brokered consumption, depending upon the particular use case and business unit process maturity.

By supporting a direct access model, a CMP can be adopted without disrupting existing processes and developer workflows. And over time, more cloud consumption can move from direct to brokered, to fully realize the value of a cloud management platform.

Next Generation Application Architectures

For next-generation application architectures built with microservices, DevOps methodologies, and Kubernetes orchestration, the infrastructure underlying the applications may be provisioned and scaled in an automated manner using APIs referred to as “Infrastructure as code”.

These APIs can also be either brokered through a CMP Service Catalog and API or called directly by applications and operational scripts. 

There are also Container and Kubernetes service variants available to the market, both in the public cloud and on-premise.

A CMP like Embotics Commander is designed to support these different variations as it integrates bi-directionally with popular DevOps tools and technologies including:

  • Terraform,
  • Cloud Formation Templates,
  • ARM Templates,
  • Jenkins,
  • Git, and more.

A CMP like Embotics Commander is also Kubernetes distribution independent and agnostic, supporting mainstream services such as Amazon EKS, OpenShift, PKS. AKS, etc.

In the brokered case, policies can be enforced in band at provisioning time. With direct access, policies are validated asynchronously afterward in an advisory manner.

Regardless of the consumption mechanism or resource location, Commander adds significant value by providing IT visibility and many application governance capabilities across both traditional and cloud-native applications. 

The table below highlights the benefits of a cloud management platform when consuming Cloud Direct or Cloud Brokered:

CATEGORY

CLOUD DIRECT

CLOUD BROKERED

Governance Enforcement

Reactive

Proactive

IT visibility: AWS, Azure, GCP, VMware, Hyper-V, Kubernetes

Hybrid/multi cloud single pane-of-glass

Cost visibility

Showback, chargeback, hybrid/multi-cloud cost comparisons

Cloud account management

Orchestrated lifecycle for tenant cloud accounts

Reserved Instances (RIs)

Recommendations

Cloud tagging

Policy automation, self-service

Instance rightsizing

Self-service, reporting, fully automated

Tenant cloud resource ownership assignment

Policy automation

Self-service

Power scheduling

Policy automation, recommendations, self-service

Lifecycle decommissioning

Policy automation, self-service

Intelligent Placement

-

Policy automation

Limited Instance types for RI economies of scale

-

Enforced

Cloud/Tenant Quotas

Reporting

Enforced

 

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