Updated: Aug 26, 2019
Cloud computing is set to be the tech standard for enterprises.
This is backed by estimates and studies including one by Forbes which suggests 83% of enterprises will have their workloads processed in the cloud by 2020.
Unfortunately, managing cloud infrastructure is not simple, especially for IT teams that have little to no experience with enterprise cloud solutions. Three out of four key IT decision-makers say insufficient cloud expertise is a detriment to their organization instead of being beneficial.
Biggest cloud challenges faced by enterprises (image source)
Most of these problems come from a lack of understanding of how each asset works in an organization’s cloud infrastructure.
To make matters worse, important data like configurations and performance metrics can only be viewed through AWS logs and records which take a lot of time to interpret, making it inefficient for enterprises due to the massive scale of their cloud architecture.
Can visualization help enterprises overcome this problem?
How does visualization help in managing AWS?
By default, teams only have access to cloud console configuration settings, log records, and AWS Config to monitor cloud resources. This is sufficient for small to medium-sized companies. However, enterprises have huge cloud workloads that require more than just logs to manage.
Imagine a data analytics firm having thousands of AWS resources to manage with only the basic monitoring tools at hand. Not only does this waste time, but the findings gathered will most likely be outdated by the time the analysis is completed.
AWS also has 20 regions in its coverage at the time of writing. Managing assets across all these regions may also lead to organizations losing control and clarity over their resources. Some assets may even be left out!
With visualization, IT teams get a visual, interactive overview of their organization’s cloud resources. Instead of going through every resource, visualization platforms automatically generate meaningful diagrams that give users valuable information such as:
The relationship between AWS resources
Performance metrics (e.g. usage, asset costs)
Unused or underutilized volumes or instances
Having a visual overview of this information improves workflow and collaboration for team members who work on cloud systems, namely DevOps, security engineers, and cloud specialists.
For instance, DevOps and ITOps will be able to work on cloud assets while having the benefit of seeing all participating assets in a particular deployment. This leads to increased work efficiency which boosts the performance of an enterprise’s cloud solution, leading to cost savings and improved productivity.
There are also other benefits that make visualization a useful tool in managing AWS.
What are the benefits of using visualization for AWS?
Understanding your cloud assets and relationships better
A common problem in organizations is the inability for teams in understanding clearly how cloud assets interact with one another. Team members have to manually trace the relationships of each asset and create rudimentary diagrams to make sense of it.
With a visualization tool, DevOps and cloud engineers are able to understand their infrastructure better as the relationship of every AWS asset is presented visually for easy viewing. This removes the need for in-depth analysis as users can just look at the generated diagram to get vital information about their AWS assets.
Even team members with little to no technical experience will be able to understand their organization’s cloud infrastructure and contribute with recommendations or improvements with a visualization tool.
Some solutions even allow you to manage the resource directly from the visual view, which saves time as users don’t have to navigate deep into AWS settings to make changes.
Planning for future expansions of your cloud infrastructure
Your organization is likely to expand its cloud infrastructure in the future as usage and demand increases. So, it’s important to have a clear view of your architecture before expanding.
Visualizing your AWS architecture helps you understand the areas that may need to be expanded and the types of assets to be added to the ecosystem. This avoids underutilizing—a common mistake in many enterprise cloud solutions—as you’ll know the exact requirements needed to grow your infrastructure efficiently, reducing cloud spend by a noticeable amount.
Identifying problems like misconfigurations and errors
Orphaned volumes, “zombie” servers, and underutilized resources are some of the problems enterprises face that contribute to this waste while unnecessarily inflating their cloud spend.
Businesses can avoid being a part of this problem by using visualization tools to detect anomalies like overspending or poor storage performance, which indicate existing issues in the organization’s cloud architecture.
With visualization, organizations can identify these problems and quickly track their causes. Information like the asset’s cost and age allow users to swiftly and accurately troubleshoot the situation so that your cloud infrastructure runs more efficiently.
This results in paying less and at the same time, improving the performance of your organization’s cloud workloads due to having fewer errors.
Giving your team a clear overview of your infrastructure so they can work more efficiently
Visualization helps teams working on the cloud to improve communication and collaboration as it helps convey information more effectively.
Rather than relying on text-based specifications, team members can use easily understandable diagrams to identify the tasks and assets to be worked on.
This benefit extends to non-DevOps teams as well. For example, a cloud architect can use the cloud infrastructure diagram to guide software developers in their work. The same diagram can also be sent to technical writers for them to prepare more complete and accurate documentation.
Consider looking into a cloud visualization platform to improve AWS management
Visualizing AWS infrastructure brings endless benefits to enterprises.
A better comprehension of your AWS assets’ relationships, reduced misconfigurations and errors, and a significantly improved workflow between team members are just some of the advantages you get from implementing a visualization software for your organization's cloud architecture.
Cloudivize helps remove unnecessary spending and improve performance in cloud solutions and services providers by enabling organizations to discover and explore the relationships between each AWS asset visually.
With Cloudivize, enterprises can track each AWS asset to find out their usage and performance metrics. This allows you to manage and make changes to your organization’s cloud architecture more effectively.
Request a demo today to find out how Cloudivize can help your organization to manage AWS better and improve performance with our interactive visual management platform.
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