Although there are several different definitions of cloud efficiency, what it means to most businesses is having the people, policies, and technology in place in order to make the best possible use of cloud resources at minimum cost. However, there is one other factor to consider—security.
In relation to cloud computing, cloud efficiency can mean different things to different people. For some it can mean being able to connect to the business´s IT infrastructure from any Internet-connected device. For others it can mean resource-efficient data centers. For most businesses with a presence in the cloud, cloud efficiency means making the best possible use of cloud resources at minimum cost.
The route to achieving the final definition of cloud efficiency can also take different paths. Some businesses may rely on the skills of their existing employees to make their operations as efficient as possible (i.e. by writing scripts). Some may introduce policies to control costs, or take advantage of technology to monitor cloud activity and address issues as they arise.
The ideal solution is to have to have the right distribution of people, processes, and technology to lower the Total Cost of Ownership without stifling innovation, to identify and address issues before they arise, and to maintain a secure environment in which assets, data, and the network are protected. That’s quite a balancing act, and not one that is easy to achieve unaided.
CloudHealth is a leading cloud management platform specifically designed to maximize cloud efficiency by minimizing costs, enhancing performance, and ensuring security. However, inasmuch as the technology behind CloudHealth is particularly effective, technology alone does not make an efficient cloud - indeed, CloudHealth relies on the right people and policies to maximize its effectiveness.
As far as finding the right people is concerned, the team at CloudHealth Technologies acknowledges that there is a cloud computing skills shortage, but that many business have highly qualified people already working for them that just need to learn a new skill set. To this end, we have created our CloudHealth Academy—a client resource that enables IT personnel to tap into the collective knowledge of our cloud experts via six different training formats to meet the requirements of most businesses.
To implement the right policies, you need to know what resources are being used, how they are being used, and when they are being used. In order to achieve this depth of knowledge, CloudHealth collects and consolidates data from all your cloud resources to give you total visibility into your cloud environment. Total visibility enables you to evaluate your resources from a holistic perspective, identify trends and inefficiencies, and make better informed decisions about which policies to apply.
To enforce your policies, CloudHealth provides a granular policy engine that can be configured to take specific actions according to the nature of a violation (i.e. notify you of an event, initiate a function to prevent an event, revoke access to prevent a potential event, etc.). If you have never before used automation to enforce management policies, you are invited to download our eBook “6 Policy Types for Governing your AWS Environment”, which although focused on AWS, applies to any of the major clouds.
CloudHealth´s policy engine is a fantastic solution for “hands-free” management. It can advise you when costs are projected to go above budget, when resources are being underutilized, or when further cloud efficiency can be achieved by (for example) modifying or exchanging Convertible Reserved Instances. However, one area in which CloudHealth stands out is by helping maintain a secure environment.
It does this by continuously monitoring your cloud environment for vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and security risks, and—as with policies for cost and resource management—take a predetermined course of action when a threat is identified (notify, initiate, revoke, etc.). CloudHealth´s security check also makes recommendations about what action should be taken to address a threat.
In addition to maximizing financial cloud efficiency by optimizing your cloud environment for cost and performance, CloudHealth also protects your business’s assets minimizes risks, defends against threats, and prevents inadvertent misconfigurations by identifying suspicious activity, obtaining context around security incidents, and providing remediation steps, so you can successfully address the challenges associated with the evolving threat landscape while achieving cloud efficiency.
To find out more about achieving cloud efficiency while maintaining a secure environment, do not hesitate to get in touch. Our team of cloud experts will be happy to discuss your existing optimization program, explain where gaps may exist, and offer a free demonstration of CloudHealth tailored to your specific requirements. Thereafter, you are invited to take a free trial of CloudHealth in order to evaluate the platform´s cost, performance, and security optimization capabilities in your own environment.