Learn about an example of a project that leverages cloud governance.
- [Narrator] So let's talk about what it takes to get a cloud governance project off the ground. First and foremost, governance is part of a project, it's not the project. So we're typically developing new applications in the cloud, we're moving existing systems to the cloud, we're doing something that enables a cloud platform, therefore cloud governance needs to be along for the ride. But also security, also database, also application development, dev-ops, all sorts of things really kind of come along to make the project successful, governance being a component of that.
So governance, if you take anything from this, is both a tactical and strategic challenge, so we have to figure out the tactics, such as which tools to use, and we have to figure out the strategy, such as we talked about earlier, as far as compliance issues, and how that needs to be managed within the organization. What strategic push are we going to make in leveraging these governance systems to add value to the business? Also, make sure you don't boil the ocean. This is a tactical small project, especially when you first start out.
If you're dealing with hundreds of systems and resources and thousands of services, this is going to be overwhelming quickly, and you'll find that the tools you pick, and the challenges you put in front of you are very difficult to overcome, and I would recommend that you start out with a small project, typically less than six virtual machines that exist on a cloud, and then you move up exponentially from there, basically as your skillsets change and as you learn to do this properly. So governance projects look like this.
First and foremost you understand your requirements, what's going on? In other words, what is our governance requirements? What roles and responsibilities need to be made within the organization and how can we place policies around things that need to be managed and need to be governed, limiting access, and limiting use of those systems, based on rules and regulations that we automate, that we provide within the governance tools. We need to find the right tools, and you'll see a tool, we'll talk about and actually show you in the demo portion of this course, where it's an example of one that's on demand, but there's literally dozens of tools out there to pick from.
There's cloud management platforms, service based governance, and all of the above. So you need to test the cloud governance as well, you can't assume that something's going to work without a testing rig that occurs, and this means that we're going to go out and place policies around services and resource, and we're going to try to access those things and we're going to ensure that the limits that are being placed on those resources and those services by the governance systems are going to be enforced. Then we have to operate the thing. So cloud governance operations means that we're going to run the thing for the years to come, and what are the policies and procedures and training and talent and operational capabilities need to be put in place to make sure that that cloud governance system is going to be maintained over time.
Policies again are like programs. We have to write them, we have to maintain them, we have to version them, we have to ensure that someone loves and respects them, else they're not going to work properly. So someone needs to pay attention to that, and that needs to be their single focus.
- Cloud governance basics
- Cloud resource governance
- How cloud security and governance are linked
- Defining governance policies
- Cloud management platform basics
- Reviewing service governance tools
- Cloud governance costs
- Understanding your requirements
- Finding the right tools
- Testing cloud governance
- How operations deals with governance