Published in Cloud Strategy Magazine: Is Your Cloud a Black Box?

By now we all know the promise of the cloud: CAPEX and OPEX savings. A focus on the core business. On-demand capacity additions. Indeed, those are benefits that enterprises should expect form the cloud. But they’re not the only ones.

That’s the premise of an article by my colleague Samir Shah, who is IO’s VP of Global Product Management. The article, Migrating To The Cloud, was published last week in Cloud Strategy Magazine. The true value of the cloud is only realized when it provides more transparency, more visibility, more control, and more insights than the enterprise had with a colocation provider or on-premises data center.

SDDC Stack

In practical terms, that means visibility into key metrics at each layer of the IT stack. Specifically:

Applications

  • Availability
  • Responsiveness
  • Compliance
  • Disaster recovery (DR) readiness
  • Capacity
  • Run rate cost

Databases

  • Response time to queries
  • Throughput
  • Latency
  • Jitter

Networking

  • Who is talking to whom?
  • Applications being run
  • Enforcement of isolation policies
  • Throughput/latency hotspots

Storage

  • Throughput
  • IOPS
  • Latency
  • Jitter
  • Hotspots for wear leveling and predicting failure

Servers

  • Loading in terms of CPU cores and memory in use
  • Efficiency of workload execution

Data center

  • Current, trend, and peaks in power and cooling
  • Infrastructure condition

The promise of the cloud depends on a provider that offers visibility and control over applications and on intelligence, which comes from real operating data and metrics. Enterprises should expect their cloud provider to offer insights that will help squeeze every ounce of value out of the cloud. That, after all, is the point.

Any cloud provider can tell a good story; due diligence is the process to make sure the story makes sense and that the facts back it up. To learn more, download the article Enterprise Cloud Due Diligence: 5 Criteria for Selecting a Cloud Service Provider.