Your organization has one standard for your cloud-based services, but your customers have many different reasons for wanting to move from one provider to another. How do you accommodate all of their needs? This is the million dollar question that’s most likely been on your mind. The article will give you a few ideas on how to modernize and manage your companies cloud systems in response to the trend towards multi-cloud based businesses.
What is a Multi-Cloud?
A Multi-Cloud is a system in which different clouds are used to store, process, and deliver data. Clouds are distributed systems that allow users to access resources (such as memory or storage) on a remote infrastructure as if they were local. They provide the agility and scale required for large-scale applications and services by allowing you to deploy applications in a virtualized environment.
Reasons to Modernize Systems
- To Increase Agility and Efficiency
- To Protect Data and Applications
- To Enable Business Transformation
- To Improve Operational Efficiency
Understanding Cloud Architecture
Cloud computing is rapidly becoming the go-to tool for organizations of all sizes and types. While there are a variety of cloud services available, understanding the basics of cloud architecture will help you maximize the benefits of using clouds. In this blog section, we’ll explore the basics of cloud architecture and discuss how to modernize and manage multi-cloud systems.
Traditional IT architectures are built around a single platform or provider. This platform typically consists of a data center, dedicated resources (servers, storage, networking), and applications that run on it. The traditional environment is not well-suited to deploying applications in a distributed fashion across multiple platforms and providers. Multi-cloud architectures address this challenge by allowing an organization to deploy applications across multiple platforms and providers.
A multi-cloud system can be thought of as a collection of clouds that work together to provide a common set of services. Each cloud provides specific capabilities (such as storage, compute power, network bandwidth) that can be leveraged by the other clouds in the system. The benefits of using multiple clouds include:
Ease of deployment – Multi-cloud systems make it easy to scale up or down depending on user demand.
Resource pooling – By deploying to a shared pool of resources, organizations can reduce their cost and complexity by leveraging existing IT assets.
Scalability – Multi-cloud systems offer the flexibility to add or remove clouds at any time to meet requirements.
How to Modernize?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to modernizing and managing multi-cloud systems, as the needs and requirements of each organization will vary. However, there are a few key principles that can be followed in order to improve the efficacy and manageability of these systems.
- Define your business goals. Prioritize which cloud services your business needs and wants to use, and then invest time and resources in developing a robust multi-cloud strategy that aligns with those goals. This will help you decide which public clouds to use, how you will integrate them, and how you will manage security and compliance requirements across all clouds.
- Build an effective governance framework. Governance models can vary significantly across public clouds, so it is important to carefully consider your organizational requirements before building out your governance framework.
In general, however, a good governance framework should include:
(1) identification of who has authority to make decisions about which cloud services are used;
(2) identification of the processes and procedures for authorizing usage;
(3) mechanisms for monitoring compliance with policies;
(4) mechanisms for alerting users when policy changes occur; and
(5) mechanisms for reporting violations to law enforcement authorities.
- Establish a process for monitoring and identifying potential cyber threats or compromises in your IT infrastructure. This should include, at a minimum:
(1) an automated mechanism to discover compromised machines and generate alerts that are sent automatically to authorized users;
(2) an automated mechanism to detect malicious traffic patterns revealed by such alerts; and
(3) mechanisms for alerting IT teams about the discovery of potentially compromised machines.
- Adopt secure operating procedures within your organization to limit the exposure of sensitive data during data breaches or cyber-attacks. Cyber security is not just about protecting your data from external threats – it also involves ensuring that any internal threats are quickly and effectively identified, analyzed, and removed. It is important to adopt robust procedures for periodic security reviews of your organization’s network infrastructure. These procedures should include regular penetration testing, which involves probing a company’s network for weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
- Carry out vulnerability assessments on all your computer systems and networks, including those that are not on a regular schedule. Vulnerability assessment tools provide cyber insurance in advance by identifying the most common types of computer systems being attacked and used by hackers.
- Upgrade your computer system’s operating systems to prevent hackers from infiltrating them with malware or other attacks through various methods such as phishing or remote access software exploits.
Identifying Issues in the Current System
The current multi-cloud systems are not as efficient as they could be. There are a number of issues that need to be addressed in order to make them more effective.
One issue is the way that different cloud platforms are managed. For example, certain applications are deployed on one platform but required by another application on a different platform. This means that there is duplication of effort and an increased risk of conflicts. Furthermore, the management of these systems is also difficult because it is unclear which platform should be used for which purpose.
Another issue is the way that data is accessed. Because different clouds have different storage capabilities, it can be difficult to move data between them. This can lead to problems such as slowdowns or data loss. Additionally, the way that data is accessed can also be inefficient. For example, some platforms require users to upload data before they can access it, which can be time-consuming and inconvenient.
A final issue is the way that traffic is routed between different clouds. This can lead to congestion and slower speeds for users. In addition, it can also be difficult to determine where traffic should go in order to reduce costs or improve performance.
Managing Cloud Systems
When it comes to managing multi-cloud systems, the key is to have a clear understanding of the different components that make up the cloud ecosystem, and how each component interacts with the other. This article will provide an overview of the different types of clouds, and how they are managed.
Types of Clouds:
Private Cloud: A private cloud is a customized, isolated environment that is owned and operated by an organization. It can be used to run applications and services that are not generally available to the public or other organizations. Private clouds can be built using a variety of technologies, including virtualization, private networking, and platform as a service (PaaS).
Public Cloud: A public cloud is an online service that offers shared resources between multiple users. It is accessible by anyone with an internet connection, and can be used to run applications and services that are not generally available to the public. Public clouds can be built using a variety of technologies, including virtualization, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and software as a service (SaaS).
Hybrid Cloud: A hybrid cloud combines elements of both private and public clouds. For example, it might use some aspects of a private cloud to run mission-critical applications and services, while also taking advantage of public cloud capabilities such as elasticity and pay-as-you-go.
Cloud Computing Architectures
Cisco has helped define the emerging cloud computing architecture through its work on design patterns and standards. Cisco is one of the sponsors of the Open Cloud Architecture Framework (OCAF), an open industry effort to define a set of interoperable definitions that allow cloud computing customers to build their own environments with best practices in mind. The OCAF is an open community effort sponsored by Cisco, IBM, Oracle and EMC. The OCAF defines five key areas that are important for all cloud providers: support for application portability; automation; elasticity; virtualization; and governance and policy.
In this article, we are going to be discussing the benefits of modernizing and managing your multi-cloud systems. We will cover topics such as automation, governance, and data security. By understanding these concepts and implementing them into your organization, you can streamline operations while maintaining compliance with regulations. Tune in tomorrow for more on this important topic!