As CTO & SVP Product at LeanIX, Jan Puzicha is responsible for product management, UX, development & operations for the company. This involves anything that has to do with creating and operating the company’s SaaS product offerings for data-driven enterprise architecture, automated cloud management and micro-service intelligence. At Cloud Expo Europe, 11-12 March, the CTO will discuss effective management of multi-cloud cost, governance & compliance
How has cloud management evolved over the last few years?
Cloud management has seen a significant evolution over the past couple of years, with rapid adoption of the cloud by most companies, employing both IaaS and PaaS strategies. Hybrid cloud strategies have become common, Kubernetes & container management is quickly becoming mainstream, and the usage of micro-service architectures combined with agile and DevOps are major trends. All these developments have led to high demand for cloud management solutions in order to control cost, understand and address security issues, and provide insight, governance, and oversight.
What key on-premises challenges are now having to be re-answered in the cloud?
The move to the cloud comes with the promise of decentralised, agile teams allowing for the rapid adoption of new technologies. As a result, the cloud landscapes of large companies often rise in complexity and in many circumstances become significantly more difficult to understand and manage than traditional on-premise deployments.
As a consequence, many of the on-premise challenges have returned, including understanding and addressing cost, a new wave of security issues and concerns that need to be addressed, as well as the need to provide basic governance on how to use the myriad cloud service options to keep the deployments somewhat manageable. For many large companies, even understanding what they have in place is a major undertaking, wherein cost, ownership, used services, and even cloud vendors and cloud accounts in use are not centrally known.
What is the risk to business if these challenges are not addressed?
The key risks include cost structures rising out of control, major security incidents and breaches happening, and inefficient usage of resources that could easily be avoided.