Cloud adoption has accelerated significantly over the past few years, with 94% of enterprises using cloud services. Nearly 70% of enterprise infrastructure is now cloud-based, and 92% of businesses have or are implementing a multi-cloud strategy. Of the many cloud providers, Microsoft Azure is growing the fastest – 70% of organizations worldwide now use Azure for their cloud services.
And it’s no wonder why – the Azure cloud platform offers more than 200 services for solving today’s business challenges, from networking to storage to content delivery. Organizations can leverage Azure to build, run and manage applications across multiple clouds, on-premises or at the edge using a wide variety of tools and frameworks.
But the more a business uses Azure for various applications and services, the more complex the infrastructure becomes. Managing Azure cloud assets can become extremely challenging, leading to a number of problems:
- Overspending: When an organization migrates to Azure, their costs may increase due to idle or abandoned resources, over-provisioning or a failure to take advantage of on-demand pricing. On average, companies are overspending on their cloud infrastructures by 24%.
- Lack of visibility: While Azure provides users with the tools they need to secure their infrastructure, it’s impossible to protect assets you don’t know you have. As the cloud infrastructure expands, keeping track of every cloud asset is essential to reducing risk.
- Non-compliance: Storing sensitive data in the cloud requires compliance with data privacy and protection standards. While Azure has specific compliance certifications and audits it must pass, every organization is still on the hook for meeting industry-specific security requirements. Without proper documentation to track and enforce your compliance rules, it’s impossible to ensure continuous compliance, especially as your Azure infrastructure grows.
All of these problems can be addressed with complete and accurate Azure infrastructure documentation – but that in itself is no easy feat. Let’s examine why.