Today’s growing trend toward cloud adoption – whether or not it’s a multi-cloud strategy using completely different cloud providers, or a hybrid-cloud one counting on public and private clouds – has opened the door to tremendous transformational opportunities. It’s also added significant complexity and challenges for IT. as an example, widespread cloud migration has led to new application architectures, like micro-services, similarly as self-conscious, self-healing, self-scaling and self-optimizing software-defined infrastructure that supports these services. This added complexity is stretching IT professionals to seek out ways to effectively monitor and secure services across these environments with success.
Achieving Cloud Visibility
According to the RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud Report, 71 percent of respondents found governance and control to be a challenge, with several IT organizations lacking the visibility required to manage cloud environments.
Hybrid and multi-cloud environments raise the best hurdles once it involves detection when and how security breaches or service failures can occur then what steps have to be compelled to be taken to resolve issues before end-users are adversely affected. What’s needed is visibility without boundaries – gaining an entire in-depth view into the whole hybrid-cloud environment and every one of its various interdependencies.
Visibility without boundaries boils all the way down to seeing across all service layers, as well as applications, infrastructure, and their various dependencies. Since each application transaction is communicated across the virtual or physical network, wire data or traffic flows are the best supply of data needed to achieve visibility. In short, IT desires continuous end-to-end cloud monitoring, and in-depth analysis of the traffic flows over the network so as to achieve holistic visibility across applications and also the entire service delivery infrastructure. The key to cloud visibility is extracting, collecting, organizing, and analyzing pertinent information from the wire data that’s exchanged between application workloads within the form of East-West and North-South traffic flows that span private cloud, public cloud, and also the data center. This traffic-based information will then be leveraged to form sensible data that are generated at the gathering point. The ensuing smart data, that is gathered in real-time provides enterprises with actionable intelligence that permits IT to spot problems, optimize infrastructure and application performance, and discover threats and vulnerabilities in line with demand.
Analyzing the smart data to extract key metrics, and disseminative this very important data in conjunction with services inter-dependencies through dashboards, alerts, and workflows empowers IT to better perceive applications and service availability, reliability and responsiveness. Visibility without boundaries permits IT to cut through the complexity of a cloud environment and troubleshoot problems in real-time, mitigating potential network, security, and compliance risks.
By harnessing the insights of smart data, organizations will retain visibility and control over their hybrid- and multi-cloud environments and leverage confidently the strategic worth of flexibility, agility, and measurability required to stay competitive in today’s extremely connected world. a smart data approach offers a detailed image of the applications and services, and their various dependencies, giving IT organizations the visibility they have to make sure success.
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