One of the biggest challenges of operating in a multicloud environment is multicloud visibility. Obtaining total, single pane multicloud visibility can prove difficult but is necessary to prevent overspends, performance inefficiencies, data duplication, and security issues.
Businesses operate in multicloud environments for a variety of reasons. It may be to match specific workloads to the most appropriate cloud. It may be to ensure more efficient failover, business continuity, and disaster recovery. Or a business may be operating in a multicloud environment completely by accident—having had two or more departments start their cloud journeys independently.
Whatever the reason, operating in a multicloud environment increases the complexity of cloud management. IT managers have two or more clouds to monitor, plus possibly their on-premises private cloud. This means two or more clouds on which to prevent cloud sprawl, two or more clouds on which to prevent resource duplication, and two or more clouds on which to prevent security issues.
Individual monitoring tools leave blinds spots
Although Cloud Service Providers offer monitoring tools, usually the tools only monitor activity on the Service Provider’s cloud. If you have to use several tools to monitor your business’´s cloud activity, this can result in blind spots, due to which IT managers may be unable to see unapproved Line of Business deployments—also known as “Shadow IT”.
Shadow IT can have its advantages inasmuch as it can deliver solutions closely aligned with business needs, improve productivity, and reduce the burden on IT—until something goes wrong. Shadow IT is often accused of being the reason for overspending, performance inefficiencies, data duplication, and security issues; and often these accusations are justified.
CloudHealth by VMware is a cloud management platform suitable for managing single cloud, multicloud, or hybrid cloud environments. The platform works by collecting data from every deployment and service used in the cloud in order to provide a holistic view of the business’s cloud operations via a single pane. IT managers can then use this consolidated data from disparate sources to optimize cloud environments for cost, performance, and security.