Private or Public Clouds: A Ridiculous Debate

by  \  3 Jun, 2013 \  2:49pm EDT

Public or Private?

Private or Public?

Let me officially call it: The debate over public or private cloud is over. Every (yes, EVERY) enterprise will have more than one type of internal cloud and at least one external cloud in use.  Let me say it again: EVERY one.

There are no enterprises left that are declaring VMware ONLY or Hyper-V ONLY or Amazon ONLY.  Every enterprise architecture will be hybrid and multi-vendor.  No exceptions.

The only issue now is how to manage and govern this reality so that you can 1) scale; 2) maintain auditability and compliance; and 3) extend to self-service delivery directly to the business. Let’s take each of these in turn.

1)    Scale.  Enterprises must think of scale, not just as deployment of thousands of workloads, but also in planning, construction and operations. In doing so, some ServiceMesh customers have more than 10,000 applications running in tens of data centers around the world. These applications run the gamut from home-grown to COTS, from single node to a hundred nodes or more. Planning with the strategic end-game in mind, combined with underlying scalable technologies and operating models all directly contribute to successful scalability.

2)    Maintain Auditability and Compliance. Policy-based governance controls based on an extensible meta-model enable the creation and enforcement of an unlimited range of custom policies, which are critical for large enterprise success and innovation. They can and should be tailored to meet a variety of regulatory requirements across the SDLC,  such as:

  • Controls that limit user access to specific assets;
  • Managed deployment of workloads and data to authorized environments based on policies for PCI, HIPAA, etc.;
  • Enforce security zone compliance; and
  • Enforce policies at various lifecycle events, such as startup, shutdown and SDLC code promotion.

3)    Extend Self-Service to the Business. Self-service and governance combine to deliver agility with control to the enterprise. While the cloud enables self-service, on-demand access to applications and services to business users and developers, without proper policy-based governance, compliance, and security controls in place, the enterprise is at massive risk. Policy-driven governance is necessary to avoid reckless use of cloud-based resources, also sometimes known as “shadow IT.” However, with the combination of controls and a cloud management platform like ServiceMesh’s Agiltiy Platform, enterprises can effectively achieve self-service, on demand IT in a controlled manner that simultaneously drives ideal business outcomes.

Let’s declare the debate over and start discussing instead how underlying technologies can support governance, scalability and on-demand self-service. To learn more, register for our Webinar on Governance Strategies for Successful Cloud Initiatives:


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