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· 5 min read
Stephane Boghossian

AWS

Building a cloud infrastructure on AWS (Amazon Web Services) can introduce new challenges for engineers. The knowledge and clear understanding of all cloud services is essential in architecting applications successfully. Welcome to the era of Cloud Native Architectures and its challenges.

In this blog post, let’s review what cloud architects often consider to design architectures:

· 3 min read
Stephane Boghossian

Put aside IT for a second:

An infrastructure includes things such as bridges, roads, electric grids, water systems and networks that are foundational services for cities, neighbourhoods, buildings and facilities. An architecture is the structural design of buildings and other things such as bridges. In a nutshell, a system is built on an infrastructure that has a particular architecture.

· 5 min read
Stephane Boghossian

Enterprise cloud computing is a thriving market. The Cloud is starting to be as essential as having electricity for any business or entreprise. It’s very important to design, deploy and manage an infrastructure, ready to be scaled and challenged. Flexera reported that 94% of enterprises use the cloud. That’s because cloud computing offers businesses security, stability, lower costs, and flexibility.

· 6 min read
Stephane Boghossian

The evolution of the wheel has changed human society forever. As a result, we now need less time to travel. With the reduction of manual effort, we can focus on other essential activities. As innovation continued and more machines were invented, the need for management increased over time.

· 7 min read
Stephane Boghossian

Businesses have many reasons to move their IT infrastructure to the cloud. The ability to scale quickly and reduce overhead costs are two of the most common drivers for cloud migration. Even tough we see Cloud computing growing faster these past few years, cloud adoption is more than a simple “lift-and-shift.” Once they’ve deployed their chosen cloud architecture, organizations need to find a way to manage that environment and optimize it for cost, security, compliance, and performance. This process is known as cloud management and Brainboard, a Cloud Management Solution.

What is cloud management?

Cloud management is the centralized administration of cloud assets, including any applications, data storage, and computing resources that an organization connects to via the internet. Successful cloud management ensures that administrators regularly monitor cloud costs, best utilize cloud resources, and keep the environment secure and compliant with regulatory standards. To keep their cloud environment healthy, an organization should develop a clear cloud management strategy. For example, they might enact company policies that pertain to the implementation and use of cloud resources. An organization may also designate an individual or group of individuals to lead cloud management efforts.

Many organizations choose to establish a cloud leadership team, often referred to as a [Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE), to serve as internal experts who design the architecture and guide the organization’s cloud practices. At Brainboard, we believe that each member of the team has their place including and not limited to CTO, Managers or Cloud Architect.

Two approaches to managing the cloud

Any organization can gain visibility into their cloud environment by adopting a cloud management strategy. Part of this strategy involves using technology to centralise cloud culture and optimize cloud performance, spend, and security. Administrators can achieve these goals in one of two ways: by using cloud native tools and/or third-party applications.

  • Native Cloud Tools: The first method of cloud management uses the native tools offered by the cloud provider itself. The advantage here is that cloud platforms today are robust and come with many tools to monitor, optimize, and report on cloud usage. However, these tools can be difficult to learn and master. It’s very easy for even experienced cloud managers to lose track of cloud resources, making cost management a challenge. Unfortunately, even a single misconfiguration can lead to major security vulnerabilities, and most often, these problems stem from simple user error. Furthermore, these tools are spread out across applications, meaning that reporting on cloud metrics can become a time-consuming manual process.
  • Cloud Management Platforms: The second approach to cloud management is to use a third-party application — called a cloud management platform like Brainboard ;) — to centralise cloud ressources, IT infrastructure diagrams & Terraform code. Cloud management platforms bring visibility into the cloud all in one solution. They help administrators visualise and understand their infrastructure.

Seven essential factors in a cloud management strategy

Cloud management is a complex process, but it can be simplified by adopting the right tools and effectively monitoring cloud resources.

We’ve broken this concept into seven factors to consider when managing cloud resources — and the questions organizations should ask about their cloud environments:

1. Asset management#

What inventory do we have?

Cloud managers need to understand what’s going on in their cloud environment at all times. True cloud governance begins with an inventory. Organizations should ask which resources are being used and which ones are not. By tracking assets in a visual diagram, administrators have total visibility into their cloud and get a complete view of all cloud resources.

2. Resource utilization#

How do we optimize performance?

Once cloud managers understand what’s going on in their cloud environment, they can begin to gain insights that help them optimize cloud performance. One way to achieve this goal is to find unused, unattached, and underutilized resources and right size them appropriately. By paying attention to utilization, administrators can eliminate wasteful spending and ensure that they’re getting the most out of their cloud resources.

3. Cost management#

How much are we spending in the cloud?

Cloud spend is the focus of many. Cloud providers make it easy to add virtual resources to an environment, which can quickly snowball into resource sprawl. Therefore, getting cost management under control is the best way to reduce waste and see the fastest ROI on a public cloud investment. A cloud management platform can help an organization find cost saving opportunities. These might include taking advantage of savings plans and shutting down instances when not in use.

4. Centralise the processes#

How to streamline the DevOps teams?

Centralising your ressources is one thing but centralising your cloud team in general is a must for every team working collaboratively. Managing your infrastructure also means managing your team and centralising your team around one single place. The ideal control is to centralise every cloud asset into one solution and work your wait from there. Meaning, one single solution to draw IT infrastructures, generate Terraform code and deploy, and work collaboratively.

5. Security#

Is our cloud secure and can we prove it?

Security should be the focal point for every cloud architecture or engineer for that matter. Cloud security best practices should include reviewing user permissions, controlling inbound and outbound traffic, enforcing encryption, and protecting storage. These measures are essential for maintaining information security and avoiding potentially costly data breaches. Cloud security methods for protecting data within the cloud can vary among cloud services. However, they all primarily adhere to the shared responsibility model. Therefore, third-party tools may be needed to fill the gaps in meeting cloud security needs.

6. Compliance#

Does our cloud meet rigorous regulatory standards?

Compliance in the cloud aligns to local, federal, and international regulations like HIPAA, PCI DSS, NIST, and others. By following compliance best practices, organizations stay audit-ready with a reliable “paper trail.” A solid cloud management strategy should include a tool that continually monitors cloud infrastructure for compliance and automatically remediates problems it finds.

7. Automation#

How can we manage all of the above responsibilities?

Automation is meant to help professionals work smarter, not harder. The goal of automation in cloud management is to take the guesswork out of what’s happening in the cloud. This then frees up IT personnel to focus on more critical responsibilities. Organizations should leverage automation to reduce cloud sprawl and human error. A cloud management platform can find opportunities for cost savings, heal security and compliance vulnerabilities, and right size resources — all with or without human intervention.

Simplifying cloud management#

Multi-cloud infrastructure

Cloud management is a continual process for all organizations in the cloud, no matter what their level of expertise. The seven criteria above are some of the most vital areas to monitor when it comes to the cloud. A cloud management platform can help simplify each one of these factors. Brainboard provides total visibility into cloud utilization to help organizations see effective cost and billing management, ensure security and compliance, and automate manual processes. Brainboard supports the most complex organizational structures, including large enterprises, managed service providers, and government agencies. The decision to choose Brainboard over native public cloud tools was simple for Eric Ouisse, Ziwo's CTO. He said:

"Brainboard allows us to quickly visualise our cloud platforms & assets and deploy even multi-cloud architectures with one click. Besides that it helps us also to better manage our cloud infrastructure costs."

Brainboard brings simplicity to the unique cloud architectures of enterprises across industries. What can Brainboard do for you?

Take Control of Your Cloud#

Thousands of organizations manage their cloud with Brainboard. See what Brainboard can do for you here.

· 5 min read
Stephane Boghossian

Infrastructure-as-code (IaC) is a very well known and popular technology for cloud infrastructure provisioning using principles of application development i.e. writing code (a programming language). While IaC is emulating application development, the technology has several limitations in the way it is built and works. These make the operationalization of IaC at scale to be challenging.

In 2020, countless industries were forced to accelerate their digital transformation practices, having no other option but to be agile in supporting the new normal: Designing an infrastructure. What has helped lessen the burden for employers? Implementing no-code infrastructures across business practices and processes to empower developers & engineers.

· 4 min read
Stephane Boghossian

☁️ About AWS#

AWS (Amazon Web Services) is a comprehensive, evolving cloud computing platform provided by Amazon that includes a mixture of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and packaged software as a service (SaaS) offerings.

📆 About AWS re:Invent#

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AWS re:Invent is a virtual / physical event where Amazon, along Partners, startups & innovators share common passion to the Cloud ☁️. Our team of researcher monitored daily the event to deliver this sum-up: