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Hybrid IT Governance: Automation Is Key By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud
As cloud computing continues to grow in importance, enterprises are now facing a new realization
By: Kevin Jackson
Nov. 28, 2015 10:00 AM
As cloud computing continues to grow in importance, enterprises are now facing a new realization. In their almost rampant embrace of cost savings associated with public cloud, many are just now understanding the information technology governance challenge posed by vastly different traditional and cloud computing operational models. Often referred to as hybrid IT, supporting both models has left many executives trying to cope with a lack of hybrid IT operational experience. Challenges can also include security concerns, financial management changes and even dramatic cultural changes.
To be successful, organizations should explicitly address these risks with a focused risk management strategy. This strategy should not only address holistic activities that integrate across the business, but also on coordinated activities for overseeing and controlling high impact and high probability risks. Some areas may even warrant organizational policy and governance enhancements include:
Figure 1: Risk Management Framework (NIST SP 800-37 Rev. 1)
Specificity around security processes, business resilience and financial management are paramount. The dynamic and agile nature of modern business also demands using a relatively high degree of automation in supporting multiple business functions including:
When automating governance and control, organization should, as much as possible, enhance:
Companies that fail to automate these key processes, will not realize the operational efficiencies and agility of hybrid IT platforms. They will also fall behind their competition, eventually to the point of irrelevance.
Exemplary of a successful transition was when a leading, Fortune 500 nutrition, health and wellness company decided to migrate applications from two end-of-life data centers. During their initial evaluation, the enterprise found that moving to a Hybrid IT model - a mix of private cloud, public cloud and physical assets - would help them solve problems that were hindering their competitiveness. With the expertise of a top system integrator, the enterprise transitioned to a cloud brokerage solution. This solution automated their IT governance by tying planning, consumption, delivery, and management seamlessly across public, private, virtual, hosted, and on and off premises resources. Gravitant's cloudMatrix solution was identified as the only purpose-built solution for Hybrid IT. Using this solution, the enterprise enhanced IT governance, reduced operational risk and transformed its IT services model from a high-cost, inflexible physical data center model into a next generation, pay-per-use model.
In accomplishing this transformation, cloudMatrix provided:
In only six months, the enterprise was able to move its workloads from the existing data centers, to a Hybrid IT (private, public and physical) delivery model and provide self-service IT to business units with cost and usage transparency. IT cost, which had previously categorized as a general percentage of overall IT spend assignment, is now available by virtual data center, service/application, and usage - permitting reporting and governance at a "cost-per-business unit" level.
(This content is being syndicated through multiple channels. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of GovCloud Network, GovCloud Network Partners or any other corporation or organization.)
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