How to Survive the Hybrid Cloud Jungle

Benefits of Tagging IT Assets
Workload migration between clouds is still relatively nascent, and standardization between providers does not exist. This presents challenges for organizations adopting multi-cloud architecture.

According to a recent report by ScienceLogic, 81% of enterprises already operate a hybrid cloud environment. And with good reason. Workload mobility represents the pinnacle of cloud services value.

The ability to burst workloads between cloud providers, public or private, lessens the degree of lock-in to a certain provider and allows users to arbitrage clouds for the best fit and lowest price. It also provides a layer of redundancy in the event of infrastructure failure.

However, workload migration between clouds is still relatively nascent and standardization between providers does not exist. This presents challenges for those organizations looking to leverage multi-cloud architectures.

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One of those best, and possibly the most overlooked, practices is the enforcement of consistent tagging of IT assets across your entire IT infrastructure.

Tagging your cloud assets enables your organization to track resources as they traverse the multi-cloud landscape. Tags that you can impose uniformly across cloud platforms (and on-prem infrastructure) include:

  • Application Name
  • Dev/QA/Production
  • Business Unit
  • Business Point of Contact
  • Technical Point of Contact
  • Business Criticality (1-5)
  • Internal/Client-facing

Different teams can use these custom attributes to dynamically populate group views in ScienceLogic according to their unique needs. For instance, one business unit may need a detailed cost report of their specific cloud usage. Others may have interest in better managing the threat of cloud sprawl.

Tips for Tagging

The key to tagging is to treat all IT as a single connected resource pool. It’s a policy that requires merciless enforcement. I spoke with one organization that said any resource that lacks the specified tags gets “destroyed.” Tagging should become a natural and automatic part of any provisioning or orchestration process.

Keep in mind that various cloud vendors allow for a different number of tags. For example, Azure allows for 15 tags while AWS only allows for 10. Make sure the number of tags you use does not exceed the available allotment from other leading cloud vendors. That way you can enforce your policy of consistent tagging across all clouds.

Many I&O leaders take the strategic approach that assumes no particular workload will permanently reside in a single cloud. Even if you’re only using a single provider today, you may transition to multi-cloud, or hybrid cloud, soon. And ScienceLogic has created a pocket Survival Guide to prepare for the jungle of acronyms and information you will encounter.

In this guide, you can find:

  • Definitions of cloud services and common terminology
  • Interesting cloud stats and forecasts
  • A list of informative cloud blogs
  • Pros and cons of leading cloud providers

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