CloudHealth has announced the general availability of FlexOrgs and Advanced User Permissions. These features help businesses manage and delegate control of their cloud environments at scale as they increase in complexity.
As cloud environments increase in scale and complexity, traditional management tools are no longer effective. When there are hundreds of cloud consumers across the enterprise, and thousands of different services are being consumed across multiple clouds, management can be a major headache.
The Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) is the point of control and visibility, but it is difficult for such a small group to manage and govern the enterprise cloud environment effectively at scale. The solution is to delegate management responsibilities to different business units and teams, which given responsibility for day to day operational management of their own units, while the CCoE remains in overall control.
The problem is most cloud management solutions fail to work effectively when complexity increases and do not fully support this approach and it is difficult to ensure that the right people get contextual data for decision making at the right time. These problems are being solved by CloudHealth through Advanced User Permissions and FlexOrgs.
Delegating management responsibilities to individuals and teams requires appropriate permissions to be set, but this can be a challenge. For example, a Cloud Program Manager in one business unit would need to administer CloudHealth reports for their own BU, but they will also be required to provide savings estimates to the global CCoE and make recommendations. The Cloud Program Manager would need to be an administrator for their own BU but only a standard user with restricted permissions at the global scope. Setting a single set of permissions for that individual would not be possible without granting permissions over an above what is required to fulfil their responsibilities.
This is where CloudHealth’s Advanced User Permissions are required. “CloudHealth’s advanced user permissions provide the capabilities for an administrator to capture these nuances and delegate them to those closer to the details. All of these capabilities are backed by a powerful set of APIs to ensure that a customer can programmatically extend their environment,” explained CloudHealth. “Keeping your sources of truth connected to CloudHealth ensures continuous governance and control of your environment. User Groups leverage SSO mappings to take the rich information about group membership and extend that to authorize your users into the right data segments with the right permissions.”
FlexOrgs gives organizations granular control over user access, sharing, and delegation across multiple levels of organizational hierarchy. Through FlexOrgs, the organization’s structure is built as a hierarchy of organizational units, each of which is responsible for managing specific portions of the cloud infrastructure. These units are then linked to reflect how management control needs to be delegated.
With FlexOrgs, the infrastructure is segmented so when a user logs into CloudHealth they are not able to see data that is not relevant to their responsibilities, they will only see data relevant to their own BU. Being provided with that information clearly, without having to filter through other data, means faster and more accurate decisions can be made for the products that individual is required to manage. Since users are mapped to organizational units, it is easy to control their level of access within each unit.
“The successful execution of cloud governance at scale is an incredibly complex problem and enterprise’s need the tools to represent their business to effectively find the sweet spot between cost control and cloud autonomy,” explained CloudHealth “We believe that a platform should reduce complexity and drive effective decision making into your organization. With FlexOrgs we invite you to join us on that journey.”