As cloud-based services and solutions gain momentum, the quantity and quality of data generated from these digital transformations pose as key input drivers for cloud analytics. Cloud analytics is the process of applying data into analytic algorithms to gain a competitive edge, enable deeper insights and facilitate effortless decision-making.
The complexity of cloud calls for frequent upgrades to infrastructure that can ensure optimized performance and security. Therefore, businesses are often indulged in leveraging AI and analytics to modernize their infrastructure, which supports scaled operations while lowering costs, enhancing performance and strengthening security.
However, considering how extensive, dynamic, and interrelated the underlying resources can be, diagnosing, fixing, and improving infrastructure is a challenging undertaking. By utilizing this large amount of data from IT operations, predictive analytics attempts to update and simplify complicated cloud infrastructure operations.
What is Predictive Analytics?
Predictive analytics is making use of advanced machine learning algorithms and statistical analytical methods to determine the current and future behavior patterns of a system. Tools like forecasting and predictive modeling help identify system models with high accuracy. Applying predictive models to historical and real-time data can reveal patterns in the system behavior that will emerge in the future. With the use of this information gathered, businesses can plan with regards to scaling up their infra setup.
The following key issues are addressed by predictive cloud consumption analytics:
- Loss of productivity due to the absence of predictive analytics
- Poorly identified trends due to lack of automated reporting
- Increased maintenance expenditure as a result of unplanned outages
- Inability to use data to facilitate planning
Predictive analytics in the cloud
Predictive analytics is crucial in the following cloud operations use cases
Optimizing cloud infrastructure
Many businesses utilize multi-cloud environments and may make use of tool suites for managing, monitoring, and debugging their silicon infrastructure. Cloud operations personnel may rely on manual skills and ignore pertinent data from various infrastructure environments when employing typical analytical approaches to obtain visibility into hybrid multi-cloud setups.
IT workloads and data applications are becoming more dynamic and unforeseen shifts in network traffic, infrastructure performance, and scalability needs have an immediate influence on IT operations decisions. Cloud Ops must be able to gather the required data from different sources and correlate this data across siloed IT infrastructure to proactively make informed decisions.
Instead of gathering, processing, and analyzing data independently from various cloud settings, predictive analytics enables users to concentrate on the knowledge gained from their data. Advanced machine learning algorithms that provide predictive analytics capabilities provide the essential abstraction between complicated underlying infrastructure and data analytics, regardless of the complexity of your cloud network. Ultimately, Cloud Ops can use the information acquired to proactively decide better with regards to:
- provisioning of resources
- storage capacity
- selecting a server instance
- load balancing
- Other significant cloud operations choices
Application Uptime and Security
Software applications play a crucial role in any business operations. Business operations run the risk of being interrupted when an app or IT service fails. As a result, IT departments need to constantly keep an eye on a variety of application and network performance metrics that showcase the efficiency of business processes. IT performance anomalies have an adverse influence on business operations.
IT organizations can proactively prepare for infrastructure performance concerns and future downtime with the aid of predictive analytics tools. Long before application security and uptime are compromised, organizations can set up predetermined policies and actions to automatically deploy corrective measures and policies. Businesses are no longer required to rely on IT for troubleshooting, Mean Time to Detect (MTTD) and Mean Time to Repair (MTTR) capabilities. Predictive analytics ensure of setting effective metrics thresholds that would influence amending business processes as and when needed.
Application Discovery and Insights
Enterprise networks typically span across multiple locations and include a variety of infrastructure add-ons that frequently operate in silos. Given that performance issues can spread through dependencies that are otherwise hidden from view, organizations must understand how these additives interact and relate to one another to have a holistic understanding of the infrastructure in a proactive discovery manner.
Using solutions for predictive analytics, teams can:
- Gather information from the entire network
- Analyze as much data and reassess
- Recognize the impact that one infrastructure system can have on the other
Software and infrastructure discovery in hybrid environments is challenging due to restrained visibility and control of cloud-based services. Organizations may not be able to manage cloud operations in real-time while addressing potential application and infrastructure performance concerns if there is a lack of automatic correlation between network occurrences.
Security, compliance, and audits
Sectors that abide by strict regulations frequently need to follow rules pertaining to:
Uptime of applications
Compliance becomes complicated when these organizations limit the visibility and control of their IT networks. Conducting audits at scale may require organizations to invest more resources into IT. This increased operational overhead may not be justified and organizations may be forced to compromise on audit, compliance, and security of sensitive data, apps, and IT networks as a result.
Organizations may automate these processes by leveraging modern AI technology to gain insightful know-how that can then help in defining regulatory compliance rules for hybrid cloud environments.
Security is another critical component of regulatory compliance and pinpointing the root cause of network traffic anomalies requires more than automated solutions. Security breaches in the form of data breaches typically remain under the radar until the unauthorized data transfer or network behavior is identified, otherwise resulting in:
- loss of data
- Non-compliance &
- the capacity to work in sectors with high-security requirements, such as healthcare, defense, and finance.
Implementing predictive analytics in complex cloud infrastructure systems helps bring together insights from multiple distributed networks and enable enterprises to make better, quicker, and more informed decisions on the cloud.