IT leaders say governance is key to effective hybrid multicloud management

Regain control of spend and usage with a cloud management platform

By | 2 minute read | October 31, 2019

As cloud solutions for enterprise infrastructure quickly become the norm, cloud management practices must evolve to keep up. Managing hybrid multicloud environments calls for capabilities that offer visibility and governance over cloud resources. A recent study from IBM Market Development & Insights (MD&I) found that 89 percent of enterprises plan to increase or maintain their number of cloud providers in the next two years, yet only about 10 percent of surveyed IT officials said they are confident in their ability to effectively manage their cloud use.

The right tools make a difference

Without visibility and governance over cloud resources, wasteful and inefficient cloud usage can cause costs to skyrocket. Only one in five IT leaders said they have a strong sense of confidence in the tools and processes their company has in place to ensure cloud governance and compliance. Using the incorrect tools to manage cloud platforms across a hybrid multicloud environment can result in problems, including:

  • Difficulty controlling budget spend: Overseeing multiple IT tools, systems and processes can be challenging. Only 10 percent of IT leaders surveyed said they are confident in their ability to effectively monitor and manage their cloud spend.
  • Incomplete overview of cloud use: If you don’t know how much you’re using, it’s hard to eliminate waste. 37 percent of IT leaders said they struggle with a lack of real-time visibility into costs and asset utilization across clouds.
  • Increased complexity: Complexity goes hand-in-hand with hybrid multicloud environments. Half of the IT leaders surveyed cited an increase in complexity as a primary challenge for their organizations.

“There’s value in learning what assets aren’t being used,” said IBM Multicloud Management Platform Head of Product Management & UX Design Chris Zagorski. “Then you can spin them down or come up with a new policy, like spinning down VMs every night when everyone goes home.”

Cloud management platforms can change the game

Not all management tools are built to address the challenges caused by a multicloud environment. IT leaders are increasingly choosing cloud management platforms to provide the tools they need, resulting in improved visibility, reduced time to value and increased operation efficiency. “A cloud management platform can give you a single, consolidated tool that shows you, up to the day, what your spend is across all your cloud providers,” said Zagorski. “Once you have your costs under control, you can go in and regain control and make sure cloud workloads are compliant and financially within budget.”

Maintain control with governance

Establishing enterprise-wide cloud governance is a vital component of hybrid multicloud management. Two out of three IT leaders said they currently monitor their company cloud costs manually, which is time-consuming and can lead to discrepancies between actual and reported spend.

Visibility across providers and consumption allows IT leaders to use analytics to optimize cloud use and spend by identifying and eliminating wasteful cloud use. IT leaders need “consolidated, streamlined access to cost and spend so that they can mitigate issues quickly,” said Zagorski. “With a cloud management platform, you can put policies in place. [For example] if an asset goes up in utilization more than 80 percent in a month, I want to know about it so I can address it.”