What is Cloud Governance
When I say cloud governance, most people immediately associate that word with bureaucracy restrictions, red tape, and just general inefficiency. However, a good cloud governance framework should improve efficiency, accelerate growth, and reduce risks especially as a remote workforce creates uncertainty and unchecked threats. So there’s never been quite as pressing a time as we are in right now to address governance.
Governance is actually just a set of well-thought rules you create, monitor, and amend as necessary in order to control costs, improve efficiency, and eliminate security risks. Let me guide you through the services Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers you to help build your governance. And first, let me point out that some cloud service providers view governance security features as an additional source of revenue, as opposed to a standard service. Oracle provides all the features to all customers by default and mostly with free services because good governance is just not an option.
Price is a big parameter in favor of starting your journey to the cloud and it's usually starting nicely. But soon as your environment grows and as you start moving production workloads to the cloud, controlling cloud cost is the most common challenge people encounter. The unpredictability of the cloud cost combined with the complexity of the invoices is creating headaches for enterprises that need to control their budget and distribute their IT costs by department or project usage at the end of the month.
When Oracle designed its cloud offering, we wanted to help address enterprise needs, so we included the following elements to control your costs from the start:
Cloud lives on the promise of scalability and the possibility to scale up or down horizontally as the demand increase so that IT cost could reflect the evolution in the IT demand as close as possible. Often though we see customers that are not profiting from that promise and either oversize their VM and just wrongly manage their storage incurring unnecessary cost unwillingly.
Governance and security are tightly intertwined. But as countless recent data breaches are teaching us, complexity is the enemy of security. With this idea in mind Oracle took a very different approach towards security: Focusing first on tenancy deep isolation from attacks and from each other and second developing a series of security services accessible for free (or with very generous packages) that are simplifying security based on Oracle best practices such as:
See a brief demo of both Security Zones and Cloud Guard in action here.
With this approach focusing on simplifying security, we resist the temptation of becoming a feature factory and multiplying the knobs and levers and rather provide a holistic security platform so that security is not anymore a blocker but a guardrail to keep your assets safe.
At last, if you are in a regulated industry you want to be sure your governance includes compliance considerations as well. Oracle Cloud has a wealth of information on various audits and attestations for common industry standards like PCI DSS, ISO 27,001 and SOC reports. All our reports and certificates are easily accessible on our console so feel free to consult the ones that relate to help achieve your own compliance goals.
Governance and security are big topics in the cloud world but they shouldn't be feared or dreaded. If they just create a layer of bureaucracy and slow things down then you're doing it wrong. Approach governance as a way to empower and enable your organisation to maximise their cloud value, avoid costly problems and generally avoid all out anarchy.
Making it easier to implement and maintain good governance in the cloud is at the core of Oracle's approach. If you’re in the Cloud or moving to the Cloud you might want to take a look; there is no harm in being better informed. Discover more about Oracle Cloud here.