For the last couple of years of cloud computing evolution, people have noticed that enterprises have been hesitating to fully embrace the cloud. It’s obvious that enterprises are intrigued and even excited about the promise of cloud computing, but something has been holding them back. The common wisdom was that security was the problem child. Without a strong security architecture, enterprises wouldn’t embrace the cloud.
While security is part of the problem, the larger underlying concern is really governance in general, says a new report by research firm Ovum. Enterprises, says Ovum, are very concerned about exposing their businesses to new risks and need to be able to manage these risks before cloud computing can be fully embraced.
Lachal said that as companies build out their private clouds and begin integrating them with public clouds, IT administrators will have to implement new rules for managing and sharing data that promise to be more complicated than anything they’ve dealt with before.
“Despite growing interest in IT transitioning from managing technology to providing technology as a service, neither business nor IT executives have been particularly proactive in managing the various changes that such a transition requires at all levels,” he added.
Cloud computing makes IT governance more difficult by introducing an additional layer of complexity that businesses need to control in order to make the most of its benefits, the report said.
At ServiceMesh, we agree completely. Two years ago, we started developing the Agility Platform to provide a tool for companies to get their arms around the full lifecycle of applications living in the cloud. Using end-to-end policy management, customized automated workflows, security overlays, and automation in concert, the Agility Platform provides the cloud governance solution for large multi-national companies, particularly in highly regulated industries such as financial services, healthcare, and life sciences. We believe enterprises need to actively embrace a proper governance strategy to create the environment in which they can fully exploit the benefits of cloud computing and Agile IT.
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