For most enterprises, the goals of digital transformation mean delivering new business and customer value more quickly, and at a very large scale. The cloud is an inevitable part of this transformation. The promises of the cloud are simple enough: on-demand, pay for what you use, and limitless capacity. But, as cloud use grows, so do concerns around rising costs and how businesses can ensure they maximize value. Gartner estimates that each year, about 20% of every organization’s total cloud costs are underutilized or attributed to inefficiencies due to limited visibility, difficulty in enforcing policies, and tracking of cloud resources. With the right practices, tools, and workflows, businesses can take control of their cloud expenditure and unlock the fastest path to value with cloud.
Controlling Cloud Costs with HashiCorp Terraform
Many organizations adopting cloud find that 20 - 40% of their cloud spend is on over-provisioned, unused, and orphaned infrastructure. This is the result of an infinite volume of on-demand resources, provisioned frequently by many end-users, and across multi-cloud environments.
Terraform provides cloud infrastructure automation with infrastructure as code for provisioning, compliance, and management of any cloud infrastructure. This allows organizations to codify their desired use of infrastructure in the form of modules and then enforce best practices for how that infrastructure is provisioned and de-provisioned through the use of policies. This systematic approach along with central tracking and auditability provides a systematic approach for how organizations can reduce their cloud spend when they first adopt cloud and at any scale thereafter.
Cloud Cost Optimization: A Primer (presented by Datadog)
In traditional IT and on-prem computing, the true costs of each operation can be difficult to ascertain. In the cloud however, everything is a line item—and while cloud spend is a real thing, a lot of organizations aren't great at controlling it. In this talk, Daniel from Datadog will introduce the idea of shifting-left on cloud spend, and how engineers can become an important part of the product and business-level conversations at their organization.
The Journey to Hybrid Cloud with Cisco ACI and HashiCorp Terraform
There are two fundamental transformations underway in Enterprise IT. First, the rise of DevOps is increasing agility while decreasing time-to-value for business-critical applications . In parallel, the rapid adoption of public cloud has given birth to the Cloud Operations team and the cloud-native paradigm. Despite these transformations, due to data security and compliance requirements, most enterprises will continue to operate traditional on-premises data centers. In this new world of hybrid cloud, Cloud Operations and Network Operations are collaborating to build infrastructure supporting cloud-native, distributed, disaster recovery, and as-a-service applications.
For the Network Operations team, a common challenge is the lack of parity between traditional network and cloud network forwarding concepts and policy-models leading to complexity, error-prone manual deployments, and configuration drift. In this session, we’ll explore the factors creating these inefficiencies and how to optimize them by unifying the policy-model with Cisco ACI while standardizing configurations using Infrastructure as Code and Hashicorp’s Terraform.