Why should you conduct cloud infrastructure assessment? There are lots of good reasons for an infrastructure assessment. One is if you want to identify aging infrastructure and security threats. Regular infrastructure assessments also should be part of strategic planning, to help prepare you for new projects and determine whether you can leverage existing resources or if you need to build new capacity.
Completing an infrastructure assessment helps you identify today’s challenges and prevent future problems. To offer the most benefit, cloud infrastructure assessment shouldn’t focus just on resources but should also assess operational procedures, your security measures, your services offered by cloud provider, and your data.
Evaluate Everything in Your Infrastructure Assessment
Cloud infrastructure assessment needs to evaluate almost all the technical and human factors that impact your ability to deliver IT services:
Make sure you have a complete inventory. Review your entire backend server infrastructure, including the compute and storage resources, operating systems, core software such as databases, and your service contracts. The analysis should assess capacity, performance, security, patch management, and whether the applications are at a current supported release. Both physical and virtual components should be reviewed and opportunities for additional virtualization identified. Make sure all infrastructure components in the cloud comply with applicable data protection and security requirements.
User access, and application software
Assess how users access applications, whether via desktop devices, company issues mobile devices, or their own personal devices. Evaluate patch management, device management, and identity management procedures. Ensure that only known, authorized peripherals are connected to the network and that any default password settings are altered. Evaluate your software licenses and support contracts to make sure you’re paying for the level of usage required.
Reviewing security controls is a core focus of the infrastructure assessment. All systems and network components should be evaluated for unaddressed risks. This spans basics such as password management, patches, firewalls, and antivirus as well as searching for more subtle vulnerabilities. Data should be reviewed for personally identifiable information to ensure it is adequately protected as required by relevant laws and the controls comply with the appropriate standards. Be sure to evaluate security controls surrounding mobile devices, too.
Backup and disaster recovery
Assess your ability to restore IT services after an outage. It’s important to check that the recovery process was recently updated and reflects your current infrastructure.
As you evaluate each aspect of your infrastructure, evaluate whether it has major needs or risks now, is likely to have major needs or risks in the near future, or is operating at an adequate level of performance and security. This information should then be used to develop a prioritized approach to addressing the issues identified through the assessment.
Quick and Accurate Assessments
It is a tedious task to assess the entire infrastructure with hundreds of resources running in the infrastructure with irregular usage depending on the users. But with Centilytics, it will be a matter of few minutes. Centilytics is an intelligent cloud management platform which monitors your infrastructure to give you granular visibility. With complete stack of cloud management products and services, you can check your security posture with one-click, track the cost you are paying for every cloud service, and much more. Centilytics helps you not only to assess cloud infrastructure but also provide recommendations to gain more ROI from cloud.