Posted On: October 25, 2016
Topic: Cloud & Hosting Solutions
Today, more than 40 percent of all enterprise workloads run in the cloud. According to 451 Research, this will likely jump to 60 percent by mid-2018. As the use of multi-cloud environments continues growing, the task of ensuring all the varied workloads remain secure and compliant is no easy feat. This is especially true when business units move workloads to the cloud without the knowledge or approval of IT.
Enter: Cloud Governance.
Like government, the word governance originates from the Greek verb κυβερνάω, which means to steer. It relates to decisions that define expectations, grant power or verify performance. In cloud governance, enterprises apply specific policies or principles to the use of cloud computing services with the goal of securing all remote applications and data. Tech Target writes that governance of cloud services can be viewed as an extension of service-oriented architecture governance, although the unique properties of a public cloud architecture, such as multi-tenancy, present slightly different concerns.
What makes cloud governance so extremely challenging? It’s because cloud workloads:
Strong cloud governance is essential for ensuring the right cloud security policies are in place, and most importantly, are followed across the enterprise. Even if you feel you have a sound security strategy, without cloud governance, your organization is at risk for data theft, loss or exposure.
Cloud governance should be implemented at three layers:
One final consideration that cannot be overlooked is the exit strategy. Despite the fact that the cloud is a great fit for many of today’s workloads — it’s not a fit for every workload. When you determine the problem isn't just a provider who’s not a good fit, you'll have to plan a retreat. Therefore, an exit strategy is imperative.
With the right governance strategy in place, cloud-based workloads can be as secure and compliant (in some cases, more so) than on-premises. With a strong cloud partner who has the expertise and technical acumen, you’ll be ready to take on the complexity and positioned to successfully govern your cloud environment.
OneNeck can help. Our cloud experts can provide visibility into your organization’s cloud workloads. They can also help you develop the right processes to manage them, securely and compliantly.
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