Graeme O'driscoll
Graeme O'driscoll Head: Software Engineering

For adrenaline junkies, part of the appeal of jumping out of an aeroplane or hurling yourself off the edge of a cliff is that loss of control. Sure, you may have a parachute strapped to your back or a bungee cord fixed around your ankles – and you trust that these precautions will ensure you have a safe passage to the ground – but for those brief moments, when you’re freefalling, you have absolutely no control.

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In business, the idea of surrendering control is less appealing. In fact, it’s scary. But conversations about control and the loss of it are relevant when discussing cloud computing and cloud management. When you migrate to the cloud, you hand over control of your networks, data and systems to someone else and trust that they’ll take care of everything. When you consider moving towards multi-cloud environments, this fear of losing control increases. In these ecosystems, you have different cloud deployments for each department or business function. You’re not handing over control to one external party, you’re handing it over to several.

For many companies, the decision for or against moving to the cloud entails a toss up between visibility and control.

The case for control

It’s no surprise that some companies hesitate to give up their control amid the horror stories about businesses being crippled by downtime or data breaches. They think that if they keep things onsite, they’re better equipped to ensure everything runs smoothly. In a cloud environment, strict control measures can hinder the agility and fluidity that cloud offers. This introduces flexibility into businesses but makes it more difficult to monitor and control advanced digital systems.

The value of visibility

All businesses want greater visibility; they want to be able to track task progress, what people are doing and how much is being spent. One of the greatest benefits of cloud, and particularly a multi-cloud approach, is that you can target the right cloud solutions to meet the unique needs of different business segments. By giving your business greater visibility, you’re able to forecast what’s going to happen and always keep tabs on what’s happening. With the right management platform in place, a multi-cloud environment promotes greater visibility.

Control and visibility challenges are interconnected. The trick is to find a balance between visibility and control. If you’re struggling to pinpoint the right cloud fit to meet your unique needs, check out our guide to help you locate the best platform for your workloads.

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