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Updated: December 14, 2023
November 29, 2023
Updated: December 14, 2023
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A recent Gartner prediction that more than 50% of critical business initiatives will utilize cloud platforms by 2027 seems more likely by the day. Cloud is here to stay, and it's going to become an integral part of network management. Despite this, there are still causes for concern when investing in, and implementing cloud solutions - ranging from the rising complexity associated with introducing multi-cloud into an existing network environment through to potential spending waste.

What are some of the prevalent issues that prevent organizations from getting their money's worth from the cloud? How can IP Fabric help?

Rising complexity and loss of oversight

Adding cloud structures to an existing on-premises network environment increases the overall complexity of said environment. Implementing different cloud vendors, ensuring interconnectivity, and trying to establish visibility that isn't really just a fragmented collection of network information masquerading as true visibility is no easy feat.

A lack of unified overview of the entire network + increased network complexity = a laundry list of visibility and complexity-based issues.

Security Concerns

PWC's 2023 Global Digital Trust Insights report indicates that only one in five, or 19% of participating CIOs, CISOs and CTOs are confident that they have taken the necessary steps to secure themselves against breaches in the cloud. Increasing the overall surface area of your network increases the overall potential attack surface of said network after all.

Spending waste and poor planning

A 2023 report on the state of cloud included a survey on the top organizational cloud challenges faced by both enterprises and SMBs. 82% of enterprise organizations and 80% of SMBs cited 'managing cloud spend' as their top challenge. There are a number of factors that can contribute to cloud-related spending waste:

  • A general lack of visibility and insight into what's being spent, and where, can lead to waste;
  • When implementing cloud environments, some organizations fall into the trap of replicating their on-premises policies in the cloud, leading to oversized cloud infrastructures that are unfit for purpose. This leads to organizations paying for resources at a capacity larger than they actually require.
  • Later down the line of cloud adoption, orphaned resources can contribute to wasted spending. Orphaned resources are components within cloud environments that aren't in use but still paid for. One example of a resource that can easily become orphaned - AWS elastic load balancers (ELBs) with no instances attached. These ELBs incur cost so long as they're configured to an AWS account, even when not in use.
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A fitting analogy for enterprises with orphaned resources sitting in their cloud environments

How can IP Fabric mitigate these issues?

The Complexity and Oversight Issue

IP Fabric's ability to discover an entire network and establish up-to-date topologies extends into the private cloud, with analysis of AWS VPCs and Azure Vnets. So, when investing in cloud structures, there won't be any blind spots left.

This also helps battle the issue of growing complexity when factoring the cloud into your network, as these topologies can be used to analyze data flow and device behavior, letting teams identify how different elements within a network are really interacting with each other, including after changes are made.

Furthermore, the unprecedented visibility provided by IP Fabric lets teams maintain connectivity within the cloud. Intent checks can be run to ensure that connectivity issues are avoided or remedied as soon as they appear, on-demand or on-schedule. Should a technical issue occur, teams can rapidly detect whether it's on-prem or cloud-based - reducing the chance that teams play the blame game when it comes to who has to troubleshoot the issue. Less time spent troubleshooting an issue means less chance of incurring loss.

The Security Issue

With IP Fabric, you don't need to fear that your increased network surface area means a wider area of exposure for attackers to exploit. IP Fabric scales with the network as devices, and environments, are added - including the cloud.

Where IP Fabric excels from a security perspective is in the ability to provide a clear view of segmentation implemented in an environment. This won't address all of your cloud security concerns, but it does provide confirmation regarding whether the areas of a network that have segmentation implemented are indeed protected.

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The Spending Waste Issue

  1. A general lack of visibility - As stated above with the oversight issue, IP Fabric provides the necessary oversight required through CLI-based discovery to ensure that teams know what they have, where they have it, and if it's really needed.
  2. Oversized infrastructure designs - This issue can be avoided by carefully planning how the multi-cloud will be implemented in the network. This requires consistent and clear communication between networking and cloud teams to ensure they're on the same page. This is a whole lot easier to accomplish with end-to-end visibility, on-demand network snapshots and easily democratized data to optimize spend vs. output - a common knowledge base if you will.
  3. Orphaned resources - IP Fabric can view the entirety of the resources present in a cloud environment, determine their behaviour and how they interact with each other. For the aforementioned example of ELBs in AWS, IP Fabric could be used to determine whether there are any instances attached to the ELB, and if not, these can be removed to prevent additional and unnecessary costs being incurred.

You can take this even further. IP Fabric's API can be used to integrate with monitoring solutions, like Centreon, which allows for even more detailed insights into how specific devices are performing or if they're performing at all.

Based on the insights teams can take from an integrated monitoring solution, they can discover where they have orphaned resources that currently aren't in use, and can remove these from the network to limit their expenditure to only the essential, in-use elements within their cloud environments.

Conclusion

The shift toward the cloud is inevitable. This means that complexity and spending waste are also likely to increase in step. But with detailed network visibility and network insights provided by Network Assurance, the road to implementation can be a lot smoother than it currently is for a lot of enterprises.

If you'd like to find out how IP Fabric can help you optimize your cloud investment, feel free to try our free, self-guided demo. Prefer the personal touch? Reach out to schedule an obligation-free demo with a member of our dedicated sales team.

Getting the most out of your cloud investment(s) with Network Assurance

A recent Gartner prediction that more than 50% of critical business initiatives will utilize cloud platforms by 2027 seems more likely by the day. Cloud is here to stay, and it's going to become an integral part of network management. Despite this, there are still causes for concern when investing in, and implementing cloud solutions - ranging from the rising complexity associated with introducing multi-cloud into an existing network environment through to potential spending waste.

What are some of the prevalent issues that prevent organizations from getting their money's worth from the cloud? How can IP Fabric help?

Rising complexity and loss of oversight

Adding cloud structures to an existing on-premises network environment increases the overall complexity of said environment. Implementing different cloud vendors, ensuring interconnectivity, and trying to establish visibility that isn't really just a fragmented collection of network information masquerading as true visibility is no easy feat.

A lack of unified overview of the entire network + increased network complexity = a laundry list of visibility and complexity-based issues.

Security Concerns

PWC's 2023 Global Digital Trust Insights report indicates that only one in five, or 19% of participating CIOs, CISOs and CTOs are confident that they have taken the necessary steps to secure themselves against breaches in the cloud. Increasing the overall surface area of your network increases the overall potential attack surface of said network after all.

Spending waste and poor planning

A 2023 report on the state of cloud included a survey on the top organizational cloud challenges faced by both enterprises and SMBs. 82% of enterprise organizations and 80% of SMBs cited 'managing cloud spend' as their top challenge. There are a number of factors that can contribute to cloud-related spending waste:

  • A general lack of visibility and insight into what's being spent, and where, can lead to waste;
  • When implementing cloud environments, some organizations fall into the trap of replicating their on-premises policies in the cloud, leading to oversized cloud infrastructures that are unfit for purpose. This leads to organizations paying for resources at a capacity larger than they actually require.
  • Later down the line of cloud adoption, orphaned resources can contribute to wasted spending. Orphaned resources are components within cloud environments that aren't in use but still paid for. One example of a resource that can easily become orphaned - AWS elastic load balancers (ELBs) with no instances attached. These ELBs incur cost so long as they're configured to an AWS account, even when not in use.
photo 1554672723 b208dc85134f
A fitting analogy for enterprises with orphaned resources sitting in their cloud environments

How can IP Fabric mitigate these issues?

The Complexity and Oversight Issue

IP Fabric's ability to discover an entire network and establish up-to-date topologies extends into the private cloud, with analysis of AWS VPCs and Azure Vnets. So, when investing in cloud structures, there won't be any blind spots left.

This also helps battle the issue of growing complexity when factoring the cloud into your network, as these topologies can be used to analyze data flow and device behavior, letting teams identify how different elements within a network are really interacting with each other, including after changes are made.

Furthermore, the unprecedented visibility provided by IP Fabric lets teams maintain connectivity within the cloud. Intent checks can be run to ensure that connectivity issues are avoided or remedied as soon as they appear, on-demand or on-schedule. Should a technical issue occur, teams can rapidly detect whether it's on-prem or cloud-based - reducing the chance that teams play the blame game when it comes to who has to troubleshoot the issue. Less time spent troubleshooting an issue means less chance of incurring loss.

The Security Issue

With IP Fabric, you don't need to fear that your increased network surface area means a wider area of exposure for attackers to exploit. IP Fabric scales with the network as devices, and environments, are added - including the cloud.

Where IP Fabric excels from a security perspective is in the ability to provide a clear view of segmentation implemented in an environment. This won't address all of your cloud security concerns, but it does provide confirmation regarding whether the areas of a network that have segmentation implemented are indeed protected.

Groupe de masques 26

Try IP Fabric

Try our self-guided demo to see if Automated Network Assurance is what you need for your cloud endeavors.
Free Demo | Zero Obligation
Try our Demo

The Spending Waste Issue

  1. A general lack of visibility - As stated above with the oversight issue, IP Fabric provides the necessary oversight required through CLI-based discovery to ensure that teams know what they have, where they have it, and if it's really needed.
  2. Oversized infrastructure designs - This issue can be avoided by carefully planning how the multi-cloud will be implemented in the network. This requires consistent and clear communication between networking and cloud teams to ensure they're on the same page. This is a whole lot easier to accomplish with end-to-end visibility, on-demand network snapshots and easily democratized data to optimize spend vs. output - a common knowledge base if you will.
  3. Orphaned resources - IP Fabric can view the entirety of the resources present in a cloud environment, determine their behaviour and how they interact with each other. For the aforementioned example of ELBs in AWS, IP Fabric could be used to determine whether there are any instances attached to the ELB, and if not, these can be removed to prevent additional and unnecessary costs being incurred.

You can take this even further. IP Fabric's API can be used to integrate with monitoring solutions, like Centreon, which allows for even more detailed insights into how specific devices are performing or if they're performing at all.

Based on the insights teams can take from an integrated monitoring solution, they can discover where they have orphaned resources that currently aren't in use, and can remove these from the network to limit their expenditure to only the essential, in-use elements within their cloud environments.

Conclusion

The shift toward the cloud is inevitable. This means that complexity and spending waste are also likely to increase in step. But with detailed network visibility and network insights provided by Network Assurance, the road to implementation can be a lot smoother than it currently is for a lot of enterprises.

If you'd like to find out how IP Fabric can help you optimize your cloud investment, feel free to try our free, self-guided demo. Prefer the personal touch? Reach out to schedule an obligation-free demo with a member of our dedicated sales team.

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