This week CloudBolt software added a framework consisting of eight modules that together simplify the automation, optimization and management of hybrid cloud computing environments.
Jeff Kukowski, CEO of CloudBolt, said the goal is to provide IT teams with a more modular approach to managing multiple clouds that they can use as they gain additional skills.
The modules provided by CloudBolt address everything from providing a repository, called the Automation Exchange, through which reusable automation content can be shared, to implementing governance policies and monitoring cloud spend.
Other modules cover testing and insurance, integration, automated detection, and machine learning algorithms that can be used to automate processes.
While most organizations use multiple clouds along with on-premises IT environments, managing IT in an extended enterprise is far from unified. A recent survey published by CloudBolt found that 88% of respondents needed a “manager of manager” who would allow them to unify the various silos that have multiplied in their IT environment. CloudBolt software is supporting an IT framework that provides a layer of abstraction through which the management of multiple cloud and on-premise IT environments can be unified.
It is unclear whether organizations are deliberately using multiple clouds or whether, out of sheer inaction, they have found themselves managing multiple cloud platforms due to decisions made by various application development teams. Some IT organizations use multiple clouds because they are concerned about getting stuck in a specific cloud computing service; others are concerned that an outage on one platform will take all of their applications offline. Others simply take advantage of the services provided by one cloud service provider better than another. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for one organization to acquire another that relied on a completely different platform to deliver applications.
Regardless of how IT organizations have found themselves managing multiple clouds, the total cost of IT increases as each new platform is added to an IT environment. Equally difficult is the fact that each new platform exposes some kind of automation framework. Before long, IT teams find themselves navigating multiple automation islands deployed in a highly distributed IT environment. In many cases, these automation instances are reinventing the same process that has already been automated on another platform using a completely different set of tools.
It is more a matter of time and extent in which IT organizations will consolidate the management of disparate IT environments under some kind of unified control plane that enables true hybrid cloud computing. Once that capacity is achieved, IT teams should find it easier to migrate workloads from one platform to another.
Meanwhile, most organizations will manage multiple IT environments in the near future. The only thing that’s unclear is the sheer volume of workloads that might be running on any of these platforms at any given time. The challenge, and the opportunity, is to regain control over increasingly distributed IT environments.