Video: CloudOps Toolkit by NetApp

Things have happened very quickly in recent years. DevOps methodology has accelerated development processes, the cloud has greatly simplified access to infrastructure resources, and the so-called “cloud” companies have been able to create all the applications they need with great flexibility and without huge initial investments. , including the most important ones, to support their deeply rooted digital business. But this agility medal has a downside. Many organizations are faced with the proliferation of cloud services that are difficult to control. “Deployment has become so easy that the cloud can become sprawling very quickly,” confirms Philippe Charpentier, Director of Solutions Development France at NetApp. The Cloud Data Specialist is now supporting its clients in this transformation by providing them with the CloudOps tools to regain control of their cloud.

Cloud budgets are exceeded too often

And the first problem obviously has to do with cost control. Virtual machines that continue to run when they are no longer in use, or instances that are deployed without consulting the IT department, companies are familiar with these scenarios. Today, it can be very difficult to have a complete picture of all the resources consumed in the cloud at a given point in time, and even more so to anticipate the evolution of this consumption over several months. In this context, it is also difficult to accurately know the cost of your cloud. In 2021, according to IDC research, 46% of European companies could only see that their cloud budget was exceeded.

Another consequence of this rampant cloud is ecology. As companies become more concerned about reducing their carbon footprint, the uncontrolled proliferation of applications and data in the cloud has a direct impact on energy consumption. Cloud computing relies on physical servers and data centers, which consume about 2% of the world’s electricity today and could get 8% by 2030. And this despite the fact that 68% of the generated data remains unused! “The cost of a cloud is not only money, but also energy,” recalls Philippe Charpentier. New management practices are urgently needed to optimize cloud usage and lower bills in both euros and watts. “.

Reduce costs while improving security

So to solve this problem, rather than redesign existing tools, NetApp has pursued an acquisition strategy in recent years. With tools like Spot, Fylamynt, Data Mechanics, and CloudCheckr now in its portfolio of solutions, NetApp can now guide companies in both its historical area of ​​expertise in datacenters and multi-cloud environments. These technologies, known collectively as NetApp’s Spot, provide a variety of control options. Cloudcheckr, for example, can connect to a multi-cloud environment, analyze instance configuration information, and make recommendations. More than 200 rules can be tested to optimize these configurations to reduce costs or improve security. As another example, a tool like Fylamynt will allow the creation of automated workflows to alert administrators to an anomaly. This may be a service unavailability or vice versa an existing VM that has not been launched for several months and can potentially be decommissioned.

“CloudOps goes further than FinOps,” emphasizes Philippe Charpentier. He is interested not only in costs, but also in the security, performance or availability of applications. And there is a very strong logic to using these different technologies together.” The example of Data Mechanics offering the Spark platform running on Kubernetes clusters in the cloud is a good illustration of the consistency of the strategy. The Spark platform is used to process large scale data through parallel computing. Therefore, a combination of several dozen servers is required. “When you use 100 servers for one day to perform calculations, and they are idle until the end of the month, the bill can be unreasonably high,” says a NetApp expert. Thus, integrating Data Mechanics into NetApp’s Spot portfolio significantly reduces the cost of Spark workloads.”

All of this CloudOps know-how gathered in NetApp today can be put to good use by a variety of organizations that want more visibility and control over their cloud usage, but can also be relevant to partners who are developing offerings for cloud providers. . “A partner can perfectly use CloudCheckr to audit their client’s cloud environment and provide them with a personalized dashboard with optimization suggestions,” says Philippe Charpentier. According to IDC, global spending on CloudOps software will grow by nearly 25% per year through 2025 to reach $27.1 billion. And profitability will be!

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