Tackle SaaS Application Sprawl With Orchestration, Better Security Measures by Christine Cignoli December 21, 2017
Is SaaS sprawl creeping in to your enterprise environment? Orchestration might be a good goal for 2018. Building an orchestration environment means that IT’s resources, services and workflows are available to users in a self-service way. So for cloud deployments, a cloud orchestration system means that there’s a specific workflow to follow when a business user requests a common task, like more copies of an application for new team members. Perhaps more importantly, cloud orchestration can help IT teams using multiple public cloud providers, since automated workflows can work with disparate clouds and eliminate a lot of manual work.
These large, sprawling, distributed, multi-location networks that businesses depend on are essentially borderless these days. There are more users needing access to networks too, like contract workers or partners. Along with measuring and monitoring the performance of all those networks, IT teams have to secure them. Zero trust networks have emerged as a way for IT to secure user data when so much of it is moving through SaaS applications and public cloud data centers. Those networks use proxies and policies tied to user identity instead of the old VPN and firewall combo. IT teams are adding to zero trust networks with identity management and endpoint security products to secure company data and the networks in use.
Network administrators have had their share of challenges as SaaS applications and cloud deployments have emerged. Coming soon, though, are more and more IoT devices in search of a network to use. One survey this past summer found that 98% of respondents say companies in their industry are planning IoT initiatives. There are some interesting use cases in here, particularly around manufacturing logistics and management. Those companies aren’t new, cloud-first enterprises—they’re established, legacy tech businesses that can find new customers and uses by adding IoT-powered services.
As we look ahead to 2018, it’s a good time to get a handle on usage and baseline network performance as you prep for yet another onslaught of devices, more apps than ever and eager, impatient users. Capacity and bandwidth are more important than ever in this modern era, and so are quickly accessible performance metrics. See how others have used AppNeta to get better user experience outcomes. Happy New Year!