The rise in customers’ demand and expectations are making the cloud environment more complex than ever before. If appropriate steps are not taken, it can wreak havoc on the enterprise infrastructure.
The acceleration of the digital transformation journey across the enterprise landscape has driven the adoption of cloud computing technologies. In fact, as per a recent survey from Gartner, over 85% of the organizations will embrace a cloud-first principle by 2025. Moreover, the global revenue from cloud computing is expected to rise to USD 474 billion in 2022 from USD 408 billion in 2021. While this highlights the dependence and promising future of the cloud, it is not without its drawbacks.
Organizations may have been able to gain more flexibility and scalability from the dramatic shift of cloud services in the past couple of years. But, its multi-cloud environment has also come at the cost of intermingled, complex strategies that have made cloud technologies less appealing to some.
Here are a few ways that managing the cloud environment has become increasingly complex and challenging for organizations and what steps they can take to address them:
One of the most appealing factors of utilizing cloud technologies is the possibility of cost reduction. But, having a multi-cloud strategy can give rise to runaway costs which can be especially unappealing for most organizations. Additionally, with heavy adoption and reliance on cloud technologies, its costs can quickly spin out of control. Therefore, organizations should develop a cloud governance program to deal with it effectively.
A structured governance program enables organizations to manage change to decrease risk and cost, where governance acts as the top layer to facilitate that change. Other ways to mitigate the rising prices are recruiting the right people with cloud-related skills, partnering with cloud providers to get maximum value from their services, and documenting and efficiently communicating the governance.
Strengthen cybersecurity to reduce exposure
The adoption of cloud services is not without its risks. With threat actors always on the lookout for vulnerabilities in infrastructure, having gaps in the cloud environments can provide them an excellent opportunity to exploit. Organizations should adopt a new security approach instead of still relying on the on-legacy practices to secure the cloud environment. For instance, as most employees are still working remotely, organizations should migrate to a cloud-based secure access service edge and a zero-trust service model.
Demands a steep learning curve
As most operations teams are yet to be equipped with or gain expertise in cloud platform tools and services, it demands a steep learning curve. Employees will have to keep with the pace of innovation of the organization along with mastering multiple skills in a short period of time. It can be a more frustrating experience for security teams as they will have to work with different consoles and dashboards across cloud platforms to ensure the security and visibility of their applications. Therefore, CIOs should arrange training sessions from industry experts and vendors to help their employees get quickly comfortable.