Because agility and speed are some of the key benefits highlighted in cloud development, it might seem to be in conflict with requirements to manage the environment according to organizational policies. It does not have to be so; governance can play a role in successfully exploiting multi-cloud and helping to avoid the pitfalls.

As cloud-oriented companies want to exploit the benefits of different clouds and avoid vendor lock, multi-cloud is increasingly becoming the deployment strategy of choice. Multi-Cloud can be used as a foundation for organizational IT, enabling cost savings and optimizing resource performance.

 

Challenges in Multi-Cloud governance: cost management, security threats, shadow IT, unoptimized resources and increased organizational complexityBecause agility and speed are some of the key benefits highlighted in cloud development, it might seem to be in conflict with requirements to manage the environment according to organizational policies. It does not have to be so; governance can play a role in successfully exploiting multi-cloud and helping to avoid the pitfalls. Shadow IT, lack of centralized security and increased organizational complexity are just some of the challenges that are posed by the multi-cloud environment.

In a multi-cloud world, governance is more distributed and does not stay inside the enterprise infrastructure perimeter. Establishing governance from the ground up simultaneously while deploying multi-cloud ensures that the costs are kept in check and that users and groups are given access to the resources they actually need and that their generated costs are monitored. Building governance policies in tandem with deploying the environment also ensures that security won’t be an afterthought when governance issues surface.

The cost management is one of multi-cloud’s biggest advantages, but because of the cloud services’ ease of deployment and the pay-per-use pricing model, the costs can start to spiral out of control. Establishing different roles and correlating costs with users is a must in multi-cloud. Setting up policies and guard rails for who can deploy new resources into use can save a lot of headaches if done correctly. Runaway costs are a big risk in multi-cloud management, especially with price fluctuations among cloud providers. An integrated cost management platform that gives visibility to not just central IT but also to individual teams is important. Provisioning resources should be done with the actual use in mind as it makes no sense to provision large-scale instances to handle a load spike that happens only once in six months. The resources should be scaled according to capacity and demand.

 

Tools for Multi-Cloud Governance

Even if clouds have some security solutions, these vary and do not remove the overall responsibility of security from the buyer. A centralized security solution is needed to gain an overview of the whole cloud environment. A centralized, single pane of glass solution that is able to monitor and manage workloads in the multi-cloud environment is more of a must-have than a luxury.

A centralized, single pane of glass solution that is able to monitor and manage workloads in the multi-cloud environment is more of a must-have than a luxury

A cloud management software with governance features doesn’t just optimize resources, workloads and the infrastructure, along with it also comes security and compliance. Being compliant to regulations is a headache as it can cause friction between the stakeholders of the environment. Deploying multi-cloud makes IT more distributed and ensuring compliance is difficult. There should be a clear set of principles, policies, standards, and guidelines whose monitoring is automated to ensure compliance.

Multi-cloud governance is difficult and requires a lot of effort and the right tools. It is important to establish policies with automated workflows and to communicate those policies to all stakeholders in the multi-cloud environment. Ficolo Multi-Cloud Control is designed to help enterprise IT to establish strong governance and ensure seamless compliance.

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