Solve complexity & security for multicloud

February 3, 2024

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With Multicloud Architecture, Complexity and Security Issues Increase

So, what about multicloud, supercloud, and hybrid cloud? What are these many or uber clouds and why should you care? What they have in common is distributed data models spanning public cloud offerings like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google GCP. Some environments even add data sources hosted locally that sit within an organization’s data center. Add to that a developer who has set up his laptop with additional data sources such as public and private code repositories for development work, and the entire architecture becomes challenging.

Regardless of your architecture, the complexity of managing and accessing these distributed architectures to deliver a solution to your users and customers becomes costly. It’s the indirect costs of management that add up quickly. IT and DevOps resources are stretched managing access privileges and general health of maintaining uptime of these resources because each cloud service can require its experts. Add to that security concerns, mobile workforces, performance requirements, and different cloud consoles and you have the potential for a lot to go wrong. Misconfiguration alone can cause downtime or data breaches.

Cloud consoles alone can create headaches for repetitive tasks. Each cloud vendor has its way of delivering features via its consoles that allow for the setup, configuration, and management of its services. The end result may be the same, but the operator's UI (user interface) and UX (user experience) are different. While the proprietary cloud consoles can get the job done, switching between them can consume significant time of valuable IT resources. Especially in today’s world of remote workforces.

Let’s explore how to make a typical cloud architecture operate more efficiently, and increase productivity. Some of the key requirements to focus on are:

  • Unifying access management around a single common platform that is not cloud brand specific
  • Reducing complexity that can introduce costly errors
  • Keep users connected, regardless of location
  • Reduce operational costs
  • Increased security

Get these right and you are on a path to cloud success.

This is where Remote.It can help.

Unifying access privileges into a single common platform means reduced time learning and maintaining skills on the cloud providers’ consoles. The cloud consoles are complicated — no DevOps team wants to continually support updating IP Allow lists for example, or identify and map specific cloud resources to specific users. removes this hassle by making it as simple as sending a user an email invitation to get access privileges. Revoking those privileges is just as simple. And access can be for a single networked and cloud resource such as a MySQL database. This also has the advantage of eliminating the need to configure complicated VPN appliances which all too often expose broad resources on the cloud or LAN. VPNs can also be misconfigured resulting in security issues.

With remote workforces the norm, getting them connected and keeping them connected is mandatory. Dynamic home IPs mean more IP allow list management. With Remote.It, those remote workers can connect because they are authenticated by their email, not their IP. And they can connect from anywhere without adding their current location’s IP address. A great zero trust feature!

Remote.It views that cloud and networked resources exposed by using public IPs for access as a security priority. Malicious scans occur constantly — 24/7. If you can eliminate your Public IP and don’t have it exposed and associated with your Cloud resource, the bad guys need to find a different way in. Your permitter is now more secure with Remote.It.

Finally, your operations costs will be reduced with reduced complexity, less need for expensive and complicated VPN appliances, and increased security. Simplifying cloud access and getting better security to provide significant advantages to any IT cost center. Who doesn’t want that?

The best way to understand how to benefit from Remote.It is to try it. Sign up for a Free account, start making your multicloud environment work for you, and spend less time working for your multicloud.

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