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Governing cloud computing is critical to overall success

There is no doubt that cloud computing is gaining momentum in the business world, as companies continue to take steps in pursuit of migrating mission-critical assets to a safe off-site environment. While the cloud offers a number of benefits to its users, decision-makers need to be careful that they do not simply adopt the technology and forget about it, as maintaining the cloud network is as critical as managing traditional on-site data centers.

A recent InfoWorld report highlighted how enterprises around the globe are leveraging the cloud to embrace DevOps, which is the process of consolidating and streamlining application development and deployment operations. In many cases, supporting DevOps means using both the public and private cloud, as well as conventional development tools, which means executives need to establish an approach that allows all resources to be centrally managed.

Because the cloud is much more complex than legacy systems, organizations need to govern how individuals use the hundreds of new solutions emerging through the cloud landscape, InfoWorld noted. If companies do not emphasize the importance of these management approaches, they will find it increasingly difficult to ensure all cloud services are used appropriately and safely.

The importance of cloud governance
As the hosted services gain momentum, executives are realizing that the cloud gives employees the opportunity to have more freedom to carry out operations. However, this also means that individuals are likely using a broad range of solutions to get the job done, according to InformationWeek.

"What's great about cloud computing is that it offers a great deal of agility, but that poses a governance challenge," cloud management expert Bernard Golden told InformationWeek. "In the past, even if you didn't do governance quite right, everyone and everything was still in the same sandbox. But now you can't rely on that."

InformationWeek also said that cloud infrastructure providers are not entirely responsible for governance, as that task falls on the head of IT directors and other internal technology professionals. As a result, executives need to take the time to map out their cloud management program to ensure the entire workforce is aware of the rules and requirements that go hand in hand with the use of the hosted solutions.

In the coming years, businesses will become more familiar with the cloud and have the knowledge to develop more sophisticated and well-rounded governance plans. Until then, decision-makers need to do their best to reduce risk.

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