Marketers of cloud technology have created the illusion that cloud computing will solve all your compute-storage-connectivity needs and scale up-and-down as you need, the reality is that managing your cloud infrastructure is not a walk in the park.
The reality is that managing cloud infrastructure is a complex undertaking when you consider multiple elements including security, data privacy, and workloads of varying performance requirements among other things.
The cloud has become an attractive option for both enterprises and attackers. According to the joint 2020 Global DNS Threat Report from EfficientIP and IDC, companies experienced a 22% rise in attacks on the cloud last year.
In Singapore, DNS attacks caused cloud service downtime for 50% of companies, and for 65% in India. This year the global COVID-19 pandemic has made the cloud more popular than ever, as enterprises drive an increasing number of applications to the cloud to better enable remote work.
As they do so, companies are mixing the use of their own private clouds with the use of public, third-party clouds (such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure Cloud), which creates a dispersed, hybrid-cloud environment that is difficult to oversee and protect.
Cloud IPAM Sync is a new service that enables IT managers to improve control over applications hosted in multi-cloud environments. Cloud IPAM Sync uses DDI to provide central visibility and unified management over internal and cloud datacentres, using real-time repository information.
Acknowledging the desire, and futility of controlling what one cannot see, Jean-Yves Bisiaux, CTO of EfficientIP hinted that an accurate inventory of deployed VM and IP-related resources is at the foundation of efficient network control and automation.
“EfficientIP offers the required visibility across hybrid cloud infrastructures based on AWS and/or Microsoft Azure,” he added.
Cloud IPAM Sync allows IT managers to take back control by providing from a single viewpoint a more accurate vision of what VMs and apps are being created in the public clouds. It offers near real-time updates to the repository data—a comprehensive inventory of apps, devices, and IP-related information—which becomes a “single source of truth” (IP Golden Records) across both a company’s internal datacentre and AWS and Microsoft Azure Clouds.
This functionality enables IT managers to detect unknown resources and combat shadow IT. It also allows planning and control of IP resources regardless of location, which can optimize resource utilization, decrease operating expenditures, and improve capacity planning. It gives business leaders the agility to make informed decisions regarding new deployments and modifications, as well as enabling smart integration and automation with third-party applications for accelerating IT services deployment. It can also track data for any potential audits and assist with company compliance.