In a world of rapid technological advancements ranging from quantum computing to various other services provided by many players, it becomes overwhelming to manage the cloud infrastructure while simultaneously keeping the costs low and leveraging all the facilities cloud provides. Migration to the cloud brings multiple benefits for users.
These benefits include state-of-the-art security services from almost all providers, option of scaling infrastructure based on business, reduced operational costs while improving IT processes, seamless integration with multiple systems, and accessibility from any corner of the world without the need of being physically present.
However, just like all good things in life, migrating to the cloud comes with a few challenges. Organizations without the proper knowledge of cloud migration may jump head-first and find themselves in trouble. There are many challenges in taking your entire infrastructure from on-premise servers to the cloud.
However, these challenges, such as the upfront cost of cloud migration, do bring returns in the long-run in the form of increased efficiency, streamlined processes, and lower admin costs. Another major challenge is resistance to change from employees. Humans tend to resist change, and the entire migration to cloud brings a lot of disruption with new systems and processes. Hence, employees need to be adequately trained for increased cloud adoption.
Perhaps, the most prominent challenge is the lack of staff skilled in cloud operations. Despite all its simplicity, a cloud environment needs a skilled workforce for optimum utilization. Companies need to hire complete batches of cyber experts in order to efficiently transfer their infrastructure to the cloud, which in turn increases their cost even more.
Solutions To Challenges
This is where CMPs (Cloud Management Platforms), with their extensive experience in cloud management, come in. An intelligent CMP such as Centilytics empowers its users to be in charge of their cloud infrastructure. It provides a single solution to users for managing a complex cloud while keeping the costs in check.
Centilytics’ solutions ease your cloud journey via effective management. These products include Cloud Visibility, Optimization & Allocation, Cloud Automation, Governance & Reporting, and Security & Health. Tagged as the most user-friendly CMP in the market, Centilytics ensures an easy onboarding process for its users even without any prior cloud expertise. To get in-depth information about these products, let’s look at some details of the same.
1) Cloud Visibility
Visibility is often referred to as the most crucial aspect/Achilles’ heel of a cloud infrastructure. Centilytics’ Cloud Visibility ensures users can identify deep cost and usage correlations from gigabytes of data. Centilytics helps users monitor their costs with cloud visibility by turning unstructured data into interactive dashboards. The dashboard, with its hourly level granularity and chargeback reports, helps users ensure that no resources are being underutilized.
Often cloud users opt for more computing power or storage instances than needed by their workloads, which inflates their cloud costs. Centilytics ‘s Cloud Inventory helps users understand and manage the relationship between resources being used and resources attached to them. Cloud Inventory also comes with asset discovery and point in time resource analysis.
These allow the users to focus on metrics such as memory, network, CPU at an hourly level to keep track of resources running in their cloud and use easy to comprehend network graphs to understand the harmony between resources deployed in the cloud infrastructure.
2) Cost Optimization
Under and overutilization of cloud resources leading to wastage is another common issue faced by users. Centilytics’ actionable insights and recommendations improve resource utilization and can save you a ton on your cloud expenditure. Getting a precise combination of CPU, memory, disk, and other factors can be tricky, and Centilytics provides you with upgrade and downgrade recommendations.
Further, Centilytics’ Reserved instances can save about 30% of your cloud cost and set your own thresholds according to your normalized usage, which in turn leads to long-term savings. Non-essential workloads can be hibernated to save cost on idle instances with Centilytics’ Cost Optimizer by analyzing the usage pattern and scheduling recommendations. Users can also leverage Centilytics’ wastage tracker to identify and remove orphaned resources to reduce excess costs.
This is the first part of a two-part article.