While cloud computing represents an opportunity for organizations to reduce their IT infrastructure costs, many of those same organizations don’t have an effective way of managing IT resources that exist beyond the four walls of their data centers. As such, many of them are looking to MSPs to help.
Looking to provide MSPs with the monitoring tools they need to build a practice around multiple public clouds, Cloudyn today announced that its cloud monitoring software now supports Microsoft Azure clouds (MSFT) alongside Amazon Web Services (AWS) (AMZN), Google Cloud Platform (GOOG) and OpenStack.
Shifting cloud management to MSPs
Cloudyn CEO Sharon Wagner said that while the majority of external clouds are managed by internal IT teams today it’s only a matter of time before the management of public clouds gets shifted to MSPs. Driving that shift, said Wagner, will be the increased complexity associated with hybrid cloud computing. Each cloud computing environment from a management perspective is semi-autonomous. As such, they each have their own management frameworks that need to be mastered. Most internal IT organizations have difficulty keeping current on a single management framework so it’s more likely they will look for external IT expertise to manage cloud computing environments based on technologies they are not familiar with.
OpenStack gains momentum
At the same time, Wagner said that Cloudyn is starting to see more adoption of open source OpenStack software as a framework for private clouds running in both internal data centers and hosted in the cloud. While the preponderance of private clouds these days run on VMware, Wagner said many IT organizations are looking for OpenStack expertise to lower licensing costs. The challenge with OpenStack is that not only is it still a comparatively immature set of technologies, not many organizations have any real familiarity with it.
The cloud management opportunity for MSPs
Put all that together and it becomes apparent that now is a great transition period in enterprise computing. With IT organizations under pressure to both lower costs and be more agile, a general shift towards cloud computing in all its forms is well underway. The good news from an MSP perspective is that there is a general shortage of cloud management expertise, which creates a gap that MSPs are well suited to fill.
In fact, one of the primary reasons that organizations are not making the shift to the cloud as aggressively as they might is the simple fact that they are afraid of losing control of the IT environment. In that context, the discussion at this juncture isn’t so much about whether the organization is going to make the shift to the cloud, but rather how they are going to manage it once they actually get there.