Welcome to this week’s edition of CloudBolt’s Weekly CloudNews!

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How FinOps can rein in cloud costs

Aaron Tan, TechTarget, March 2, 2022

“With half of key IT spending expected to shift to cloud in the next three years, organisations will need to get a better handle on cloud cost management to make sure their cloud spending continues to deliver business outcomes. According to the FinOps Foundation’s latest State of FinOps survey, North America leads the world with the most FinOps practitioners, followed by Europe and the Middle East. In Asia, the number of FinOps practitioners accounted for about 7.8% of total respondents. 

Cloud service providers have also started to invest in FinOps by providing cloud financial management tools on their platforms, while technology consulting firms have set up FinOps practices to drive the cultural change – such as involving engineers in cost optimisation – and governance needed to reap its benefits. The FinOps lifecycle comprises three phases, starting with the inform phase, which provides visibility into who procured a cloud service, why it was procured and what it is used for, so that the person responsible for the workload is aware of the cost and usage of a cloud service.”

The Primary Reasons Digital Transformation Efforts Fail

Rob Enderle, Datamation, Feb. 25, 2022

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the pandemic has driven a massive acceleration toward digital technology that can, and is, being used to reduce vulnerable employee load and increase remote employee capabilities. With 90% of respondents showcasing this acceleration, I wonder more how the 10% who didn’t accelerate will survive in the post-pandemic world. Companies optimizing machine learning (ML)/artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) were only 48%, suggesting most respondents aren’t acting quickly enough. And in a few short years, as often happens when you are having an industrial revolution, they will likely fail or become uncompetitive. Digital transformation, when done right, can be a massive force multiplier.

However, on the negative side, the barriers to adoption are significant, suggesting many attempting to do digital transformation poorly may be in worse shape than companies that aren’t trying to do it at all.  As with all major transformations, this report also showcases a significant problem with the skills/knowledge gap and poor data analysis: 44% of respondents highlighted this skills gap as a significant problem; and 39% reported a lack of infrastructure optimization and inadequate data analysis. This report, unlike others I’ve seen in the past, doesn’t suggest that digital acceleration efforts are pointless. They do clearly have value. But that value can’t be achieved if speed is prioritized over quality, which seems to be the problem with around half of the companies sampled. We need to make sure any major company transformation is properly founded with adequate training. In the end, digital transformation will be critical to the success of most companies, but only if they lay a proper foundation and execute quickly after the best direction has been properly identified.”  

Use the cloud to strengthen your supply chain

David Lithincum, InfoWorld, Feb. 25, 2022

“When will the supply chains get better? According to a survey from The Wall Street Journal, about 45% of economists believe that it will take until the second half of 2022. As I researched supply chain data, we seem to be at about the same level of supply chain efficiency as last year, in 2021, which is not good. Although the supply chain disruptions have been caused by several issues, including the pandemic, labor shortages in trucking and other industries, and availability of raw materials, the little-known secret is that supply chain and logistics systems have just not been up to the task of dealing with these anomalies.

I’m seeing a few companies that have leveraged cloud computing as a critical weapon against many of these issues. Best I can tell, less than 5% of the companies that depend on supply chains for their revenue have taken steps to put these systems in place. In many instances, the systems must be customized for a specific company, and that means even more cost and risk.

The rise of industry clouds may change some of this. Indeed, it won’t take long for the public cloud providers to adopt and provide these types of services. Those who wish to gain this advantage will just use the services from the public cloud providers and not have to build their own. So, the next time you deal with a company that is indeed able to deliver as promised no matter what the market conditions are, see if they are leveraging cloud computing as a core innovative platform to set them apart when the markets become difficult. Who do you want to do business with?”

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Sometimes, things just aren’t as they appear.

That’s part of why we created CloudBolt Industry Insights (CII), and was the real driving force behind our latest survey “Hitting a Wall in a Multi-Cloud, Multi-Tool World.” We wanted to get at the heart of the real issues we saw cropping up across the market: that practitioners of cloud were inundated with tools, platforms, processes, new and emerging ways to develop and achieve digital business goals, sprawl across multiple clouds and geolocations, etc.

All this was leading to an inevitable truth: that what looked like a lot of great options and developments for purveyors of tech seemed good on the surface, but was actually causing problems that were not easy to see at first.

Everything Looked Good on the Surface

Early in the survey, when asked questions about how things were going with their cloud efforts and digital transformation, respondents seemed to give push back. “We got this,” and “all is well” seemed to surround the responses.

When asked about progress against original drivers for moving to the cloud, more than half of all respondents said they had mostly or fully achieved:

Furthermore, 78% believed they had achieved cost savings using cloud versus their old data centers. 75% said infrastructure automation was a first-class executive-level metric in their organization to continuously monitor cloud cost and efficiency, and 63% insisted it was easy or very easy to view all cloud spend and accurately assign costs. Lastly, 67% said it was easy to provision cloud resources without having to be an expert.

Had we ended the study using only the answers to questions #1-7, we would have been led to believe that cloud nirvana was near and all the world’s cloud complexities had been solved. But that’s when things took a turn toward the truth…

Tag – You’re It

A clear measure of how well a company accurately tracks and assigns cloud costs is how well they employ “tagging” (metadata labels assigned to cloud resources to know exactly who provisioned what and why). Tagging also allows administrators to set policies around users or roles and access rights. For tagging to be effective, it needs to be done consistently.

So, the first “real truth of the situation” started to appear when only 9% of respondents said they always employ tagging. 73% said they “sometimes used tagging.

Tagging only part of the time is little more effective than rarely tagging because only occasionally tagging still forces people to hunt down information and degrades true cloud cost/efficiency visibility. Maybe things weren’t all rainbow and unicorns in paradise?

Uncovering Reality

The second half of the study was much more eye-opening. For questions #9-15, the structure shifted to simple statements around specific aspects of cloud suspected to be areas of high friction or difficulty. Respondents were asked to read specific statements and then indicate whether they:

It was as if guards were lowered at this point and respondents exposed their key areas of concern. We’ll get into what those areas are in our next post.

Discover more about these findings, the challenges presented by the Wall for multi-cloud, multi-tool strategies, and how your enterprise can vault over it.

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Welcome to this week’s edition of CloudBolt’s Weekly CloudNews!

Here are the blogs we’ve posted this week:

With that, onto this week’s news:

4 Trends Shaping Cloud in 2022

Deloitte, Wall Street Journal, Feb. 15, 2022

“Cloud technology has evolved enormously in recent years, giving enterprises virtually limitless opportunities to rethink and transform their businesses. In 2022, that rapid pace of change promises to continue. Federated containers, an acute skills crunch, edge computing, and cost governance are all likely to be defining themes for cloud computing in the upcoming year, and it’s up to enterprises to navigate the resulting landscape, with all its opportunities and challenges. In a recent podcast, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s David Linthicum, managing director and chief cloud strategy officer, and Mike Kavis, managing director and chief cloud architect, discuss these and other trends shaping the cloudscape in 2022.

Finally, it’s been an ongoing problem that many companies leveraging cloud don’t have good visibility into usage tracking or the resulting costs incurred. 2022 may be the year when a solution begins to take hold. Automation and FinOps—uniting technology, finance, and the business through systems and processes focused on maximizing the value of the cloud—will likely play a key role. ‘Cost governance can be a competitive advantage,’ Linthicum says. ‘You can then track everything down to the bottom line and make sure nothing is taking revenue away from the business.’” 

Will Hybrid Cloud Save You Money? Predict Your Hybrid Cloud Costs

Christopher Tozzi, ITProToday, Feb. 15, 2022

“Alongside benefits such as greater flexibility and control, potential cost savings are often touted as a reason to consider using a hybrid cloud architecture. But the keyword there is ‘potential.’ Whether hybrid cloud actually saves money as compared with your current setup (which could be a public cloud or a fully on-premises environment) depends on factors such as which workloads you need to run and how you plan to design and operate your hybrid cloud. 

A hybrid setup can potentially lower your total IT operations bill in several respects:

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VMware vRealize Automation, currently at version 8.6, is part of VMware’s vRealize Suite. The vRealize Suite includes a variety of software solutions aimed at operations, automation, orchestration, and cloud.

It’s no secret that eliminating complex manual processes reduces tech debt, decreases the likelihood of human error, and improves IT efficiency. However, when it comes to building private cloud solutions and integrating public and private cloud platforms the level of customization and complexity required often leads to IT using manual processes they’d prefer to avoid.

A Crash Course in vRA

In VMware environments, vRealize Automation (vRA) infrastructure automation helps solve this problem. In this article, to help you get the most out of this automation tool, we’ll review the platform in-depth, explore what’s changed in vRA 8, and walk through the deployment process so you can get hands-on with vRA.

vRA also provides mechanisms for extensibility and integration into and between third-party infrastructure and application management tools and public cloud platforms such as AWS and Azure.

The different vRA capabilities can be categorized as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), IT as a Service (ITaaS), and Anything as a Service (XaaS).

Reducing complexity with vRA 8 Architecture

VMware recognized that vRA’s complexity needed to be addressed, and they did just that with vRA 8.

In many ways, vRA 8 is a different product operating under the same name. Legacy code is gone and the architecture and APIs have undergone a complete overhaul. For example, there are no more Windows Operating system dependencies, freeing up license costs and avoiding vendor lock-in. Additionally, the new architecture is streamlined and consists of far fewer components.

vRA 8 is containerized

To provide high availability while maintaining simplicity, VMware containerized the various vRealize Automation services. Docker is used to physically run the services as containers via Helm, while a special self-deployed and self-managed distribution of Kubernetes orchestrates and provides service availability and accessibility.

Get the full crash court on vRA, including a brief history of the offering, best practices, common misconceptions, and a configuration walkthrough in this article that’s part of our Complete Guide to VMware Administration.

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Welcome to this week’s edition of CloudBolt’s Weekly CloudNews!

Here are the blogs we’ve posted this week:

With that, onto this week’s news:

One significant cost of multicloud 

Matt Asay, InfoWorld, Feb. 9, 2022

“Your CEO may have proclaimed your company is ‘all in’ on cloud provider X at its recent event, but don’t be fooled. Your organization is irredeemably multicloud. How do I know? Because every enterprise of even moderate size is multicloud by accident if not by design. That’s just how enterprise IT works, and it’s why I’ve suggested that learning a second cloud, like learning a second language, can be great for your career. And yet, multicloud comes with costs. As such, as former AWS executive Tim Bray recently wrote, the best cloud strategy is whatever makes your people most productive. Hint: That may well involve standardizing as much as possible on a single cloud provider. But that’s aspirational.

Today you’re running services from multiple clouds. The CIO may not think so, but with the spread of open source in years past, the CIO is not in the best position to know all that’s going on within the enterprise. Developers, pushed to deliver applications and infrastructure at ever-increasing velocity, are going to use whatever contributes most toward that goal. Yes, companies may choose to go multicloud or end up there despite their best intentions. Even so, he stresses, it pays to ‘go all in on a public cloud platform and use the highest-level serverless tools as much as possible’ because ‘every time you reduce the labor around instance counts and pod sizes and table space and file descriptors and patch levels, you’ve just increased the proportion of your hard-won recruiting wins that go into delivery of business-critical, customer-visible features.’ In other words, the less time your developers need to spend figuring out the ins and outs of different clouds, the more time they can spend innovating on your customers’ behalf.”

Housing your big data in the cloud: Multicloud, hybrid cloud or on-premises? How to decide

Mary Shacklett, TechRepublic, Feb. 7, 2022

“If companies store and access their big data onsite, the processing and storage costs can be substantial, but the ability to access and query this data is faster than it would be in the cloud. Conversely, cloud big data processing and storage offers scalability, no investments in on-premises infrastructure, and security and management options that are almost as good as you’d have onsite, provided IT enacts the same policies and procedures in cloud operations as it does onsite. The catch is that these big data management policies and procedures might not be as enacted by IT in the cloud as they are on-prem. This makes it essential that organizations set strategies and practices for cloud-based big data management. What types of strategies should be considered for big data in the cloud? 

While it’s easy to see the pros and cons of private versus public clouds, deciding when to use multiple clouds or a hybrid cloud concept is far more complex. It requires careful thought over how you will use your big data, exercise governance and coordinate data, and how you will process data and enforce security across multiple clouds. Because cloud big data needs and architecture design can be highly complex, defining the big data cloud architecture should be the first task on a big data cloud strategy list.”

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Recently, we’ve shared information in this space about why Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery, or CI/CD, is critical to the modern enterprise, and the four challenges presented by CI/CD tools and processes. Now, we’re excited to share more with you about how CloudBolt Software approaches addressing the concerns of enterprises with CI/CD implementations.

CloudBolt Software can meet you anywhere on your CI/CD journey to help remove the pain of development and get you on the road to digital transformation. We help with the entire CI/CD pipeline including with deployment, management, and integration.


Using CloudBolt , blueprints can help your developers get the same consistent infrastructure based on what they need. Plus, they can orchestrate a lot of things behind the scenes to truly automate the infrastructure deployment. There’s no longer a need to wait for resources.


Continuous Infrastructure Testing is an essential piece that can make your CI/CD process work every time by:

  • Taking away the need for expertise in CI/CD tools
  • Identifying optimal state for environment for all technologies
  • Proactively finding what is most likely to fail and fixing it
  • Providing logs of infra- structure failure, can also ingest code logs
  • Enabling a single pane of glass for ITOps and Developers

Our CIT helps developers and IT achieve proactive testing of infrastructure even before the code is deployed. A developer who has built a code with certain network specs and certain security credentials can test if the infrastructure will support that code. Plus, ITOps and developers can work together to find optimal infrastructure for the code, saving valuable time and money.


With CloudBolt’s advanced integration capabilities, enterprises have flexible options for integrating various technologies together that minimize or even eliminate custom coding and take that pain away. Scaling integrations with our capabilities is easy; build once and use often. Plus, apply governance and usage policies to control the behavior of integrations post-build.


With CI/CD, the many moving pieces involved can present risks anywhere along the journey. If one area fails, it can affect every other area and lead to slowdowns, headaches, and a host of other issues for your business.

But with the right strategy and tools meant to meet the needs of the modern enterprise, you can update your CI/CD processes and overcome these challenges more easily than you ever imagined.

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Older, first-generation ways of managing cloud platforms and resources tend to exacerbate  challenges around Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery, or CI/CD. They often require advanced technical administrative expertise to use, lack flexibility around orchestration, and don’t provide needed extensibility. The old way can also cause headaches around manual, labor-intensive machine builds, reactive manual isolated tests across the tech stack, and the integration and visibility problems mentioned before.

We can boil down the issues related to CI/CD challenges in the modern enterprise into four key areas.


It can sometimes take developers days or weeks to ready the technology stack (storage, network, hypervisor, and disaster recovery solutions among them) required for their testing environment. This causes delays in application development and deployment, leading to wasted time, resources, and much slower time-to-value.


When testing environments don’t meet the needs of an enterprise, they might fail for a variety of reasons. It could be because of a change of state in storage, network and server configurations, passwords, or VM (Virtual Machine) images. One test failure means the entire test process needs to be restarted; invested effort, time, and money is then wasted.


As the number of apps companies use increases, so does the challenge of integrations. If you’re required to custom code each integration, your solution to this problem is far from scalable across an entire enterprise. The last thing you want is for simple updates to require maximum effort.


If there is no way to gain complete visibility of the various infrastructure pieces, it’s likely you’ll miss potential cost savings along the way. Blind spots in your CI/CD process could also lead to security and compliance issues as well.

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Welcome to this week’s edition of CloudBolt’s Weekly CloudNews!

Here are the blogs we’ve posted this week:

With that, onto this week’s news:

Report: Cloud adoption grew 25% in the past year

Editorial Staff, VentureBeat, Jan. 24, 2022

“A new report from Palo Alto Networks found that the COVID-19 pandemic affected cloud adoption strategies for nearly every organization over the past year. Data from the report showed that businesses moved quickly to respond to increased cloud demands: nearly 70% of organizations are now hosting more than half of their workloads in the cloud, and overall cloud adoption has grown by 25% in the past year. That said, the struggle to automate security was palpable, and no matter the reason an organization moves workloads to the cloud, security remains consistently challenging. Respondents noted that the top three challenges in moving to the cloud were maintaining comprehensive security, managing technical complexity, and meeting compliance requirements.

Case in point: 80% of organizations with strong cloud security posture reported increased workforce productivity, and 85% of those with low ‘friction’ between security and development (DevOps) teams report the same. More specifically, organizations that tightly integrate DevSecOps principles are over seven times more likely to have a very strong security posture. This is independent of industry, budget, country, or other demographic categories.”

How to Plan a Pain-Free Cloud Migration

John Edwards, Information Week, Jan. 25, 2022

“When it comes to IT project challenges, few are more intimidating than a full-fledged cloud migration. Fortunately, with the help of some careful planning, a cloud transition can be successfully accomplished with minimal effort and disruption. The way organizations approach mass migrations to the cloud are rapidly changing. ‘Methodical and strategic modernizations have replaced the expedited ‘lift and shift’ approach,’ says Alicia Johnson, consulting principal, technology transformation, at professional services firm EY. The ability to compete at today’s locally and globally required speeds continues to be a driving force for companies heading into the cloud. For enterprises looking to the cloud for agility gains, an operating model transformation is more often than not required to optimize cloud benefits, Johnson observes. ‘Organizations that implement product operating model optimization, and change the way they work and operate, often reap the most benefits,’ she adds.

Before planning begins, it’s important to resolve several key questions, says Lee Voigt, a principal with audit, tax, and consulting services provider RSM US. ‘Why are you migrating to the cloud? What is your ultimate cloud play? What are your core expectations for the cloud? How have you solved the cloud technical competency gap? What is the plan for your business applications? How will you manage your cloud assets once they are in place?’ Finding the answers to these questions, and other issues that may arise during the planning process, will help ensure a pain-free cloud migration, he notes.”


Sukesh Mudrakola, TechGenix, Jan. 24, 2022 

“Traditional on-premises setup allows companies to know what they’re spending on infrastructure and resources. The more flexible cloud computing paradigm allows access to a wide range of services and resources, but it can sometimes be difficult to understand in terms of pricing. The pay-per-usage cloud model often makes it difficult to estimate overall cloud costs and to break down the charges for individual items as they are consumed. With more than 70% (Gartner) of all major enterprises and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) having migrated at least some portion of their workloads to the cloud, there is an upsurge in the usage of associated cloud services. This trend creates numerous challenges in controlling cloud costs at an enterprise scale. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is further surging cloud adoption. Many industry experts believe that this will continue being an upward trend in the coming years.

Establishing visibility on cloud costs is crucial for any business. Companies can rely on their experienced IT staff, outsource to external consultants, or rely on cloud usage monitoring services to find the usage patterns. These cloud services and applications usage patterns can be then analyzed to calculate and perform consolidated cost analysis. These projections can be used to predict future cloud costs based on scalability, increased usage, and additional cloud services. The data generated can also be used by the companies in establishing performance, operational, and usage metrics.  The main reasons for cloud cost management is to save money, control the spending on cloud resources, and maximize usage. Cloud cost optimization can help businesses focus on other essential aspects of business without having to worry about the cost overheads.”

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If you’re a modern enterprise, chances are you’ve implemented some form of DevOps processes. Before DevOps, developers and ITOps often operated in siloes, reducing productivity while increasing bottlenecks and headaches. DevOps came into being so these functions could work together from a planning standpoint, shorten the delivery timeframe for new software, improve innovation and optimize the recovery process if things go wrong.

But simply establishing DevOps wasn’t enough, so Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery, or CI/CD was introduced. Continuous Integration is the practice of integrating code into a shared repository (e.g. Github) and building and testing each change automatically, as early as possible—ultimately several times a day. Continuous Delivery adds that the software can be manually released to production at any time, often by automatically pushing changes to a staging system. An additional process, Continuous Deployment, goes further and pushes changes to production automatically.

Continuous Integration: CI is the practice of integrating code into a shared repository (e.g. Github) and building/ testing each change automatically, as early as possible – usually several times a day.

Continuous Delivery: Continuous Delivery enables software to be released to production at any time, often by automatically pushing changes to a staging system.

Continuous Deployment: Continuous Deployment goes further and pushes changes to production automatically.

CI/CD Can Still Fall Short

There is no doubt that while CI/CD has helped shore up many areas around digital innovation and development, it still has many pitfalls that organizations can easily run into without the right tools and infrastructure in place.

Research from 2021 indicates CI/CD hasn’t quite reached its full utility. CloudBolt Industry Insights surveyed over 200 global IT leaders and found that over 3/4ths identified themselves as only “intermediate” CI/CD users. Almost 70% of respondents said they need days or weeks to deploy their CI/CD pipeline.

What’s causing these issues? In many respects, the challenges are with the infrastructure around CI/CD. Just 11% find their CI/CD infrastructure reliable, meaning they see failures often, resulting in drawn-out and painful CI/CD processes. Manual processes for CI/CD were cited as the top pain for respondents, while detecting failures proactively was also cited. Missing automated processes and a lack of visibility after deployment is costly in terms of time and money.

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