Managing cloud servers in the hybrid era is a pain; take control with AI
- Dan Ushman
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A recent survey from Gartner showed that more than 80% of businesses use a hybrid or multi-cloud approach. There are plenty of good reasons these strategies exist; however, making your job easier is certainly not one of them!
SingleHop’s VP of Products, Jordan Jacobs, recently discussed why this is the case in a Q&A with VMblog.com:
VMblog: Why would an IT admin have a bunch of different cloud providers?
Jacobs: This is the new normal. As more IT projects are initiated across companies, more servers — physical and virtual — are spun up on different operating systems and at different locations and cloud providers. For example, some servers may be spun up within a company’s AWS cloud for a one-off project, others by a business unit “gone rogue” that may start up Azure services with a credit card instead of trying to navigate the internal IT requisition process, still others servers may be spun up on a company’s private cloud. But the reality is that managing the operations, health and compliance of these systems ultimately falls to IT staff, whether they are involved in scoping and deploying these resources or not.
VMblog: How have IT departments managed their server inventories to date?
Jacobs: It’s not that this is difficult stuff. It’s not. It’s just time consuming. IT departments are more than capable of monitoring and updating their own servers, but it takes a lot of time to research which patches are needed and for which servers. Installation of patches and server updates often must be done one-by-one, and it takes a lot of effort to respond to monitoring alerts at odd hours or in odd places. It’s not that IT staff can’t manage — it’s that their time is being wasted because the whole approach is flawed from the start.
And that’s really the main reason we’re building AI. IT admins and managers spend massive amounts of time and energy making sure disparate cloud environments stay online, but because AI unifies all servers in one portal — regardless of the cloud or provider — most of these hybrid-driven headaches will disappear.
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