Why does it have to be “Build VS Buy” and not “Build AND Buy”?


I have spent a 20+ career with vendors making arguments for commercial software and against building capabilities internally. While I believe the benefits of commercial software generally outweigh the benefits of internally developed, they both have huge benefits! Why does it have to be one or the other? Why can’t one enable and facilitate the other?  

The drive to the cloud and multi-cloud environments is pushing the boundaries of build vs buy. Native cloud management tools tend to focus on their resources, but don’t help much with a multi-cloud approach yet 94% of IT leaders agree a hybrid approach is critical1. Most cloud & cost management tools are great with AWS or VMware or Azure, but not good at managing, tracking, governing, and optimizing them ALL.   

Isn’t this what 94% of IT leaders said they wanted?  

Compounding the problem is every organization’s need to innovate and seek new ways to solve customers’ problems. When IT cannot deliver consistent and timely access to resources for engineers/developers to invent/build/solve customer problems, they go around IT and access resources on their own. If they are not provided adequate (or even good) cloud automation or cloud management tools to perform their jobs, they buy their own or use open-source versions. If you have hundreds (thousands, tens of thousands…. gets worse the more you have) of developers/engineers running their own unique tools, then you miss out on the speed of consistency, re-use, and sharing of the best. Cloud observability becomes infinitely more difficult in these multi-cloud, multi-tool worlds.  

How do you get a true “near-real-time” view of consumption across all public and on-prem infrastructure? 

Who is going to build that view? Are those who want the views builders? Why just buy a solution to ‘view’…why not buy it to govern, automate, and optimize too?  

“Views” only go so far… a window to see a disaster coming is good but less effective than one that provide tools to combat the issues it shows you. Are the views complete? How many rogue multi-cloud tools are there and how much Shadow IT infrastructure usage is going on? Without being able to know and see it all, how can you ever get the chaos under control?  

What if you could have the best of both worlds? – 

“Bring Your Own Tool (BYOT)’ AND get the visibility, governance,  

automation, and optimization of the business needs with CloudBolt 

CloudBolt has been making acquisitions, expanding flexibility, and adding unique capabilities for years. We’re excited to offer an evolved approach to hybrid cloud management. We call it the CloudBolt Framework and it helps companies automate easily, optimize continuously, and govern at scale by unifying disparate capabilities for DevOps, ITOps, FinOps, and SecOps.  

By pulling together islands of automation, our framework helps bring order to chaos both today and tomorrow. 

Ready to learn more? See how CloudBolt can help you get the most out of your cloud.

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