Hybrid Cloud Discovery - Introduction and use cases

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More and more large enterprise customers that once refrained from moving to public cloud platforms are taking active steps to transition some of their services to public or hybrid cloud architectures. According to recent studies, more than 80% of the organizations are committed to Hybrid Architectures.

There are many reasons for customers to move to hybrid and public cloud architectures, among them: accelerate the time to market, scale services automatically, reduce costs and even reducing security risks and vulnerabilities. The below chart gives more insight on the main reasons for organizations transition to the cloud:

1. Dimensional Research: Hybrid Clouds: “What the business is asking for and IT should be Providing,” © 2016.1. Dimensional Research: Hybrid Clouds: “What the business is asking for and IT should be Providing,” © 2016.With this large scale transition to the cloud, new needs of control and governance arise. Customers that start the journey find that many, if not most, of the controls that they have used in their on-prem IT are also needed for their cloud deployments: manage compliance of the services to their standards, availability of the new services, costs of the services that they consume from the public cloud, and hidden costs like costs for software that they deploy in the public cloud. With the goal of better governance and control over the delivery of services from the cloud , more and more IT departments are looking into tools that will help them get visibility into these environments.

With costs usually being the first item that organizations care about, customers usually start with tools that can get visibility and optimization of public cloud expenses. However, cost is just one aspect of taking ownership of the public cloud, and soon enough, customers are looking for better visibility to their deployments. And actually the best way to get full visibility into the cloud environments is to leverage tools that are not limited to a singular cloud provider, or a specific type of deployment (as deployments can range from a pure cloud deployment to multiple types of hybrid deployments with some resources on-prem and others on the public cloud). Tools that can cover complex deployment situations including multiple cloud providers (for example: AWS, Azure and Google Cloud), and multiple types of deployment can have a much broader coverage in the long run.

Tools such as ‘Universal Discovery’ can help customers get the visibility that they need into their hybrid cloud deployments, with the clear advantage over tools that are targeted to a specific type of deployment, or pure provider deployment (for example tools that just a specific cloud provider).

With the existing ability of the broader discovery tools to discover resources on multiple architectures and deployments both on-prem, virtualized, on private clouds and on public clouds, customers can gain end to end visibility into their most complex deployments, and leverage it in more ways. With these capabilities, customers will be able to: 

  • Discover their on-prem services in order to better plan and manage their transition to the public cloud, and even leverage the data to do active workload migration to the cloud.
  • Get visibility into complex deployments that can span over on-prem, cloud provider(s), with their interaction with storage and network components on-prem or in the public cloud.
  • Understand which units in their organization are leveraging the cloud resources.
  • Manage the cost and compliance of software that is deployed in their public cloud.
  • Leverage the cloud discovered data within other processes and tools for better managing the services (for example in their ITSM or availability solutions). 

From the above reasons, there is a lot of value when it comes to leveraging a discovery tool like Universal Discovery that can be flexible enough to support customers in their transition to the cloud, regardless of the final architecture and providers that will be chosen. 

In the next blog posts, I will cover the current state of the public and hybrid cloud discovery, including insight into the ways that are being used to collect and present the information, and look into some future trends.

About the Author
Doron Orbach is the Product Manager for the Configuration Management System (CMS) that consists of Universal Discovery (UD) and UCMDB. Leveraging CMS customers can discover and manage Hybrid Cloud environments, including on-prem resources and private & public clouds.
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