Happy New Year! Do you have a resolution to declutter this year? If you’re hoping to declutter the SaaS application sprawl in your organization, try to stay realistic on that front. Most companies, according to these cloud experts, know they’re spending too much on disparate SaaS and web apps, but don’t have the time or know how to fix the problem. It’s possible that this extra spending will continue to some degree, even if IT teams stay on top of the problem with various cloud management tools.
And on the topic of managing multiple public clouds, there are a couple of technologies that may be able to help. One survey finds that 85% of companies are using some type of multicloud setup. Multicloud management is tricky because each provider has its own features and specialties, making integration between them very difficult. Instead of continually writing and rewriting software to fit particular cloud needs, this expert suggests using cloud cost comparison tools, an abstraction layer that’s based on a single virtualized environment, and some type of software-based networking to make connectivity easier. We’d of course recommend an advanced monitoring tool to see what’s actually happening along those application delivery paths.
When it comes to automated networks, the people hurdle is a big one. Networks continue evolving to keep up with—or ideally stay ahead of—new challenges like SaaS, cloud and now IoT and containerization. To keep up on the human side, though, business IT teams have to first invest money in software-defined technologies and management and monitoring tools. Then they need to train IT team members on some of the new areas they’ll need to know to run these modern networks. That might include API and toolkit training, along with a good dose of change management to get more comfortable with running networks through software.
As IT teams gain new knowledge and create new processes around the enterprise network, there are some new concerns that arise. One, for example, is that there are more places for security breaches and attacks to occur. Software-defined networking controllers are a common weak link that hackers attack. Role-based access policies, patching and other security best practices and high-availability design can all help prevent attacks. Also, ensure that you’re using the right kind of encryption for the various types of traffic moving through your SDN controller. Even in this new world of IT networking, old-school best practices still apply.