Visibility into the Cloud

Today’s concept of moving data and applications to the cloud can mean a variety of things. More often people think of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions first, when they think of the cloud. Salesforce, WebEx, Microsoft Office 365, and more often come to mind. The expectation is that more companies will develop their solutions to offer their clients an application solution that is web-enabled. However, a growing trend is for companies to move application usage to the cloud, utilizing compute power as a service, or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

The utilization of IaaS has often been associated with engineers and testers utilizing the services to quickly “spin up” the development of new applications and test environments, without having to involve IT. However, companies are now leveraging IaaS to move their commercial applications onto IaaS cloud services to companies such as Amazon Web Services. According to a June article in CIO Magazine, “6 Trends Shaping IT Cloud Strategies,” as of February 2017 AWS is now operating at a greater than $14 billion run rate, with companies going all-in on the company’s cloud infrastructure.

The growing trend has caused some new challenges for IT departments trying to manage IT assets. On-premises discovery solution tools often do not have the complete cloud instance specific data required. The “short-lived” applications put on the platform are often difficult to track and manage. Multiple user access to the cloud infrastructure leads to more complexity and confusion on ownership. Cloud visibility of IT assets becomes a new roadblock for IT asset managers, procurement, IT service management (ITSM), security for proactively detecting out-of-date software, and more.

Today, BDNA introduces Cloud Asset Insights to provide the visibility of IT assets that have been deployed to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Cloud Asset Insights provides discovery and normalization for commercial software assets deployed via EC2.

Read more with our Cloud Asset Insights introduction here.