3 cloud management pitfalls you will avoid (if you read this)

Operating your application landscape in a Cloud environment comes with certain challenges. Along with Cloud management, maintenance and monitoring come various pitfalls. We are happy to highlight the top 3 we’ve come across with projects and customers. That way, you might steer clear from them and save yourself some valuable time and energy.

Cloud Management Pitfall 1 – Neglecting shared responsibility

Organizations generally presume that moving workloads to the Cloud, relieves them of specific management and security duties. And they’re right. Physical access to your data center is managed and secured by your Cloud Solution Provider. So is the virtualization layer just on top of the hardware layer. However, every layer on top of the hardware layer is a shared responsibility between you as a customer and the Cloud Solution Provider. Be sure to work with a managed cloud services partner that you and your team members feel comfortable with on a personal level. That way, it’s easy to stay aligned. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a partner that is proactive, either.

Cloud Management Pitfall 2 – Losing sight of the complete picture

One of the main drivers for moving workloads to the Cloud is the ability to scale your application landscape. That means your application landscape might be partly running on-premise and partly in a private cloud, or the public cloud: a hybrid cloud solution, so to speak. In other words, different teams will probably be managing the various application back-ends. The big challenge here is to keep an eye on your entire application stack. Make sure you have a complete picture of your application landscape and keep it together.

Cloud Management Pitfall 3 – Lacking control and increasing costs

The amount of new applications within an organization tends to grow rapidly. In many cases, IT is no longer in charge of onboarding a new line-of-business app. The business and business stakeholders are more and more frequently the key decision-makers. They are often the real enablers in adopting new applications and software.  In terms of IT governance, this is a potential nightmare to stay current and keep a certain baseline of governance, security and regulation policies across the digital estate. Due to the variety of applications and the required resources, spiking infrastructure costs have become the new normal. There’s really only one antidote: conscientiously putting Cloud governance in place.

Not sure that you can sidestep these pitfalls successfully?

At Xylos, we have designed and developed concrete services to help organizations like yours. Three key expressions to describe how we approach any Cloud landscape:

  • Focused on application optimization
  • Meticulously governed
  • Proactively managed

We’d be happy to dive into detail on how we can assist you. But let’s keep that between us. 😉

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