Posted By Industry Perspectives On October 17, 2012 @ 8:30 am In Industry Perspectives | No Comments
Bill Kleyman is a virtualization and cloud solutions architect at MTM Technologies  where he works extensively with data center, cloud, networking, and storage design projects. You can find him on LinkedIn .
Within the data center community, server sprawl was an issue many administrators had to face and address. Virtualization helped consolidate many of those systems to create a leaner infrastructure. After a little while VM sprawl became the new challenge. With improved management and controls, managers were able to regain some virtualization real estate by tackling the VM sprawl issue, although many will insist that this issue still persists.
Now, with more WAN utilization, better underlying hardware components and more organizations moving to some kind of a cloud model, the IT industry is experiencing a new type of challenge: Cloud Sprawl.
Cloud computing has created numerous options for organizations and IT environments. New methods of delivering disaster recovery, improving backup and even expanding the data center are all reasons to move to a cloud model. Unfortunately, as with many new technologies, some control and management best practices aren’t being applied. Some organizations are departmentally deploying cloud instances without really understanding where their cloud platform is going. The other problem is that with too many uncontrolled cloud presences, security becomes a concern.
Although cloud computing is a great technology, there needs to be a fundamental understanding of the platform. Cloud computing isn’t just one piece of software. Rather, it’s a collection of resources, hardware components and the Internet all working together to deliver a distributed data model. To regain control of your cloud environment, it’s important to look at the infrastructure as a whole, and the important components that make up cloud computing.
As more organizations move towards a cloud platform, there will need to be a shift in how this type of infrastructure is managed. A cloud presence is good, but having uncontrolled elements within any environment can be lost revenue, misused resources, and even create security holes. Before any testing or deployments are done – ensure that the right people are involved and that there is clear visibility into the cloud environment.
Whether an organization is deploying a private, public or hybrid cloud platform, controlling that infrastructure can have great environment and organizational benefits. When a cloud model is properly aligned with business strategies, it can be a very powerful tool.
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