According to a recent survey of IT professionals, 75% report they lack visibility into their hybrid clouds. That’s cause for concern, because a lack of visibility into resources in the cloud can lead to poor management of those resources – which in turn can lead to a variety of unwanted and potentially disastrous consequences. Here are three examples of how a lack of visibility can result in cloud computing making things worse instead of better for your business.
1. Losing instead of saving money
One of the most highly touted benefits of moving workloads to the cloud is the cost savings that come from reduced infrastructure investment and the ability to pay as you go. But without good visibility into cloud operations, the exact opposite is more likely to happen. An organization may quickly reach the point of having so many cloud apps, projects and providers in play, no one even knows what they are. And if some resources in the cloud are going unused due to lack of awareness, but the organization is still paying for them, costs will climb unnecessarily – and cut into the infrastructure savings and other financial benefits the cloud can bring.
2. Reducing instead of increasing efficiency
The cloud makes collaboration easy, which can be a real time saver and efficiency booster, especially for organizations with remote employees. But what happens when some people are using Dropbox while others are using Box? Or if some are sharing documents in OneDrive while others are using Google Drive? Without visibility into the cloud, it’s impossible to tell what apps people are using, much less to exert any control over their usage. To fully enjoy the collaboration benefits of cloud, you need organization-wide policies for what apps to use for maximum efficiency and productivity – along with the visibility to enforce them.
3. Compromising instead of improving security
In the early days of cloud computing, organizations used to worry that their data might be less secure in the cloud than in their own on-premise infrastructures. Now, however, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the cloud may be more secure in many ways, not less. Cloud providers have a wealth of security resources available to them to protect data perhaps even better than companies can themselves. But all that security is at risk if a lack of awareness on the organization’s part leads to problems on their side of the equation – if they don’t know an employee is using an inappropriate application to store or back up sensitive data, for example.
Fortunately, there are management tools designed deliver the visibility that’s essential to effective cloud resource management. Learn more in A Guide to Maximizing Benefits and Controlling Risk in the Cloud.