cloud based IT services is now a default standard for most enterprises and business. Between 2015 and 2019 cloud adoption increased more than 100%, as cloud enables enterprises with increased business agility, faster speed to market, lower information technology costs and increased agility. Yet, within many organizations, IT has been reluctant to embrace cloud as a viable solution. Undeterred, business units are often going it alone, procuring cloud services without IT’s involvement. The result is a shadow IT environment that is tough to manage, difficult to operate and nearly impossible to secure.
Enterprises looking forward to leverage cloud computing to create agile business environment are foreseeing the requirement of going beyond using cloud services as a out of the box solution. Instead, cloud services need to be adopted as an integral part of their ITSM process.
Enterprises need to build & adopt Cloud Governance model to ensure they are well prepared with the challenges arise with across the board cloud adoption.
Etos helps enterprises to build their cloud strategy for mainstream cloud adoption. It helps enterprises with following features to ensure they are well under control with their cloud strategy.
Etos provides following features:
The default characteristics of cloud services is pay per consumption billing. However since cloud services billing is completely depend on the actual consumption of services by business & application teams, it becomes a herculean task to define and manage budgets for individual user or team.
Etos provides ability to define budgets for specific user or group. It deducts the expected cloud consumption amount based on the service plan and tenure subscribed by user from their allocated budget. This ensures that a user team do not consume cloud services beyond their allocated budget amount.
It takes only couple of mins for any user to create a VM on cloud services as soon as they have cloud platform access. However any server created on cloud without business IT and security team’s approval can cause potential security risk to infrastructure hosted on cloud.
With Etos users requests for cloud services on the platform instead of cloud service provider’s portal. All requests raised by their managers, security team and finance team before getting deployed automatically on respective cloud service platform.
Enterprise security team is always bypassed in any shadow IT deployments. Which could become potential risk to applications hosted on public cloud. The cloud services deployed by the application or business teams are often vulnerable to cyber attacks as they are deployed with standard deployment rules without any security rules.
Cloud service request raised by users are not deployed before security configuration setup by security team. The platform takes the complexity out of security configuration in public cloud platforms and provides a simplified interface for security team to configure security for cloud services. This ensures cloud security defined for each and every services provisioned on cloud.
Cloud Service Provider Management
Many enterprises are adopting multi-cloud strategy, which empowers them with most suitable cloud service provider for specific workload. This also helps them to reduce dependency on single cloud provider. However managing multiple cloud platform can be challenging for its IT teams.
Etos provides a unified platform to subscribe and manage multiple cloud deployments from single interface. It also ensures that users only select the pre-authorized cloud service providers and regions for their services deployment which has been big challenge as any user who has credentials of public cloud service can potentially provision any service on any region across globe which could be against enterprise compliance.
Cloud service platform provides wide variety of OS and applications to choose from while deploying the VM. This includes a choice from very old OS to the newest OS versions. Managing this variety of OS versions can be a difficult task for IT teams.
Etos enables enterprise’s IT team to standardize OS, application and DB versions to be deployed on the cloud. This helps them to ensure only secure and certified OS, applications and DBs deployed on cloud.
Using the Etos as a enterprises can create a governance framework to:
- Assess and monitor to understand the organization’s current cloud landscape. This enables organizations to identify cloud silos, service redundancies and shadow IT.
- Design and enhance by focusing on how an organization should govern its cloud solutions to minimize risk and maximize the true potential of cloud services. By designing roles and responsibilities and defining policies, standards and metrics to which all parts of the organization must adhere, organizations will enhance accountability across the organization and increase the agility and flexibility of decision-making.
- Build and operationalize by creating the processes, metrics and reporting to manage a cloud model and enable IT and the business to make informed decisions. The result is greater transparency, status tracking and reporting.