We previously covered two aspects that help you get the most out of your cloud environment. In this second series, we will go through the rest of the cloud challenges solutions. So far, we had covered Cloud Visibility and Cost Optimization. While cloud visibility brings a single pane of glass view for your cloud resources, cost optimization allows you to right-size your resources and switch to on demand reserved instances to save up to 30% on your cloud costs. Let’s proceed with the other cloud challenge solutions:
3) Security & Health
Cloud security is a shared responsibility between the cloud providers and users/customers. Google cloud provides specific security measures to ensure the safety of your cloud, but business-critical information cannot just be left to this assurance alone. Companies have to protect themselves from various forms of attacks, including ransomware, viruses, trojans,rootkits, keyloggers, cryptojacking, spyware, adware, and worms.
Sometimes, the downtimes caused by these ransomware attacks cost 50 times more than the ransom itself. With Google Cloud Platform Security and Health, you can detect and prevent such factors with a proactive approach instead of a reactive one. Google offers Security Audit with a comprehensive set of recommendations and security best practices to ensure your cloud’s safety.
With Performance Optimizer, the performance of your cloud is guaranteed to run at optimum levels. Fault Tolerance allows you to never experience downtime by reducing the impact of faults using health checks and auto-scaling recommendations.
4) Governance & Reporting
Cloud infrastructure is very complex, and its control is often decentralized. Google Cloud’s Governance and Reporting allows you to centralize it. An intelligent monitoring console should trigger appropriate alarms without human input and even create reports to tackle the same. Google Cloud Platform monitoring console works as your infrastructure’s watchdog, allowing users to set up security as well as budget reports. This process introduces efficiency to your cloud infrastructure without increasing cost expenditure.
Google Cloud Platform console offers integrations with multiple third-party services such as Slack, Google Workspace,Gmail, and Office 365. With Report Management, users can reduce the tedious task of compiling data with a centralized report generation system fueled by a user-friendly interface providing superior services to its users with more predefined reports. These reports can also be personalized with custom filters and scheduled daily, weekly, monthly, or even customer intervals.
Finally, users can control burgeoning costs with Budgeting. You can set individual budgets for multiple services based on average, peak, or daily quotas and ensure the cost never crosses the predefined threshold.
5) Cloud Automation
One of the biggest challenges that companies face while migrating or maintaining a cloud infrastructure is the lack of a skilled workforce. A well-maintained cloud requires granular insights to ensure low costs and proper efficiency. Google Cloud Automation provides users with automation modules to reduce the manual effort needed in the management of your cloud infrastructure. Companies’ workforce often do not scale proportionately with regard to their infrastructure. Cloud automation allows users to increase efficiency by automating repetitive tasks and allowing the teams to work on asset creation instead of wasting more than 30% of their time on tasks capable of being automated.
Companies can use Backup & Disaster to take measures to ensure backups of their business-critical data in the event of an unforeseen and uncontrollable factor damaging the data centers hosting their data. Google Cloud provides you with the pay-as-you-go model to shut down non-business critical resources during non-working hours to save up to 20% on cloud bills via auto-scheduling.
The true potential of cloud services can be realized via proper cloud management, but management can often become difficult, especially if your cloud scales rapidly. In this scenario, having an intelligent Cloud Management Platform can be the difference maker between you riding the high ROI(Return on Investment) wave and playing catch-up to the problems presented by cloud mismanagement. We take care of all your cloud management woes using the products and services we detailed above.
Find our Part 1 of the series here: Part 1- Get The Most Out of Your Google Cloud Infrastructure