Cloud Sprawl

Manage containers in cloud computing to prevent sprawl, cut costs

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Tom Nolle.

Containers in cloud computing simplify and accelerate application deployment, but the ease with which users spin them up can result in overuse. When this happens in the public cloud, container sprawl can drive up costs alarmingly. Fortunately, container sprawl is manageable, but enterprises need to take control early and fight to keep it. And above all, remember that not all container sprawl management practices will address cloud costs.

The container sprawl challenge

VMs were the first popular virtualization strategy, but it was clear that companies could take virtualization too far, complicating both host management and application deployment. Containers in cloud computing, and in the data center, offer a way to create virtual hosts that share an OS and some middleware on a physical server...

Data sovereignty and the cloud: How do we fully control data amidst the cloud sprawl?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: David Auslander.

One of the basic tenets of cloud computing is the ability to provide access to resources across a geographically dispersed cloud environment. This makes the cloud ideal for global distribution of applications and data. But what about those geographies that have highly restrictive data sovereignty laws or practices, such as Germany, Austria and South Korea? What about governmental bodies attempting to protect information while utilising the cloud?

An interesting example is the German government which, in certain circumstances, will require that data on German companies and their employees never leave German soil and that only German citizens be allowed to administer said data. These data sovereignty (DS) scenarios and many others present a challenge for organizations in terms of protecting the data entrusted to them while cutting costs and gaining efficiencies associated with the cloud...

Cloud Computing: Growing technology ‘sprawl’ puts security professionals on edge

Grazed from ITProPortal.  Author: Ian Barker.

A new study of nearly 14,000 information security professionals worldwide shows that two-thirds of respondents are concerned about the addition of multiple security technologies, often referred to as sprawl.

The Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS) produced by (ISC)² a not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, is largest study of the information security profession ever conducted...

Cloud sprawl: What is it, and how can you beat it?

Grazed from BetaNews. Author: Steve Browell.

Today's workplace plays host to employees using a variety of cloud services side-by-side with corporate-sanctioned IT. This often results in incongruent information sourcing and storage, typically known as cloud sprawl. Whilst software as a service (SaaS) can boost smarter working and innovation in businesses, information disparity issues need to be addressed to sustain efficient working environments.

As businesses adoption and management of cloud services matures, some are still suffering organizational inefficiencies due to cloud sprawl. At the moment, different software is being selected for different solutions by different departments or even individual members of staff; there is a knowledge gap where businesses aren't fully informed about how cloud technology can respond to business challenges in a different way to on-premise solutions, and so the potential for better information management is not being realized...

Have You Met My Friend, Cloud Sprawl?

Grazed from JourneyToTheCloud. Author: John Dixon.

With the acceptance of cloud computing gaining steam, more specific issues related to adoption are emerging. Beyond the big-show topics of self-service, security, and automation, cloud sprawl is one of the specific problems that organizations face when implementing cloud computing. In this post, I’ll take a deep dive into this topic, what it means, how it’s caused, and some options for dealing with it now and in the future.

Cloud Sprawl and VM Sprawl

First, what is cloud sprawl? Simply put, cloud sprawl is the proliferation of IT resources – that provide little or no value – in the cloud. For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll consider cloud to be IaaS, and the resources to be individual server VMs. VM sprawl is a similar concept that happens when a virtual environment goes unchecked. In that case, it was common for an administrator, or someone with access to vCenter, to spin up a VM for testing, perform some test or development activity, and then forget about it...

Managing the sprawl of SaaS, cloud and mobile

Grazed from Diginomica. Author: Phil Wainewright.

Business users love the convenience of being able to sign up for new applications on-demand and use them on any device, any time, any place. IT and security managers are less enamored. A proliferation of Web apps, a boom in mobile working and the persistence of unsafe browsing habits are causing more and more headaches for those entrusted with safeguarding enterprise data. When security breaches occur, it’s IT that carries the can. No wonder they want to get more control and oversight of what users are up to.

During July and August I’ve posted a total of six articles on the topic of identity and access management — three vendor interviews and three customer case studies. Taken together, they provide a useful snapshot of enterprise adoption of these technologies to help manage cloud and mobile apps, along with insight into their future evolution...

Logicalis to CIOs: Watch Out! “Bring Your Own Cloud” Can Quickly Lead to “Cloud Sprawl”

Grazed from Logicalis.  Author: PR Announcement

Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, is warning CIOs about an emerging - and alarming - new trend in IT: Cloud Sprawl. Lured by easy-to-purchase and quick-to-install cloud applications, individual departments are finding and deploying their own cloud solutions.

CIOs don't have to look too far today to see the effects of this bring-your-own-cloud (BYOC) movement -employees are tapping into free Google Drive space, free Dropbox space, and free space -giving themselves more than enough online room to store confidential customer sales and other mission-critical data outside the company firewall and outside of IT's control. Inexpensive cloud applications that don't require corporate approval are walking through the door unchecked as well -from CRM to email to marketing automation. Along the way, BYOC has given way to a new, repackaged phenomenon dubbed "cloud sprawl" as poorly managed end-user cloud purchases and deployments make for fragmented, redundant, unmanaged and inefficient cloud-based outsourcing decisions with little or no input from IT.

Cloudability says it pinpoints actual Amazon cloud spend

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Cloudability says its analytics can cut your overall cloud services cost. Available now for Amazon Web Services, support is coming for other major cloud service providers, A raft of companies have sprung up to help companies get a better grip on their cloud spend.

Cloudability, which helps users ascertain costs of a wide range of cloud-based services, is now making its analytics broadly available for Amazon Web Services with support to come for an array of other cloud services. The Portland, Oregon-based startup says its new analytics provide a picture of actual AWS use and generates reports of actual use, recommending actions to save money...

Understanding and Controlling Cloud Sprawl

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Bill Kleyman.

Within the data center community, server sprawl was an issue many administrators had to face and address. Virtualization helped consolidate many of those systems to create a leaner infrastructure. After a little while VM sprawl became the new challenge. With improved management and controls, managers were able to regain some virtualization real estate by tackling the VM sprawl issue, although many will insist that this issue still persists.

Now, with more WAN utilization, better underlying hardware components and more organizations moving to some kind of a cloud model, the IT industry is experiencing a new type of challenge: Cloud Sprawl...

Cloud Sprawl Has Midsize Businesses Looking for New Management Tools

Grazed from Midsize Insider.  Author: Doug Bonderud.

The IT landscape is currently dominated by a single albeit misunderstood revolutionary force--cloud computing. Experts agree that cloud solutions are the likely future of the market and that the function of IT professionals will be altered at a fundamental level and their role in crucial business decisions increased as cloud technology becomes more robust. But along with the potential for significant games comes the specter of what is known as "cloud sprawl"--unrestrained growth of a public or private cloud without clear direction or control by the company that owns the data. Now, midsized businesses are looking for ways to stay in charge without sacrificing the agility of cloud solutions.

On the Way Up 

According to a recent Techworld article, the number of enterprise and midmarket companies using public cloud infrastructe-as-a-service (IaaS)--to cite just one example of cloud adoption--is on the rise. In a 2011 survey, only 17 percent of respondents said that they were using these services, but that number has now jumped to 27 percent. Twenty-four percent of those asked said they had plans to implement a cloud solution at some point during 2012, but the numbers aren't all on the upside; while Gartner's Lydia Leong says, "Public cloud IaaS is rapidly becoming an accepted technology approach to doing business," 28 percent of midsized and enterprise businesses have no plans to head skyward just yet...