Now that your organization has decided to make a move to the cloud and enjoy the benefits it has to offer, it is critical that you proceed with caution. Regardless of whether you are looking at one workload, multiple workloads, or an entire portfolio, transforming from on-premises to cloud-based IT requires more than just understanding the technology.
In this rapidly evolving cloud environment, it is quite cumbersome to control how far users deviate from the enterprise’s strategic direction. The self-provisioning nature of the cloud is limitless, which is why having cloud governance best practices in place helps to control costs, performance, and security.
Since every organization has different requirements for cloud platforms. But there are common governance disciplines that help to shape policies and align toolchains. These disciplines guide decisions about the proper level of automation and enforcement of corporate policy across cloud platforms. We will seek to understand those disciplines, but before that let us first understand what cloud governance is.
What is Cloud Governance?
Forrester defines cloud governance as “the ability to provide strategic direction, track performance, allocate resources, and make adjustments to ensure that organizational objectives are met without breaching the parameters of risk tolerance or compliance obligations.” It helps to maximize visibility, ensure compliance, and maintain control.