Quali today revealed it added governance and cloud cost management tools to its Torque platform for automating IT infrastructure management.
David Williams, senior vice president for market strategy at Quali, said the added governance tools will make it possible to enforce security, compliance and consumption policies as IT environments are launched using the automation blueprints that Torque enables IT teams to create.
At the same time, IT teams can now also define consumption policies based on cloud runtime or regions employed within a cloud computing environment. In addition to taking advantage of dashboards to visualize consumption of cloud resources, IT teams can also use Torque to identify cloud waste including detached, inactive and overprovisioned instances. They can pause, right-size or tear down environments to reduce costs and eliminate the possibility of a billing surprise at the end of the month, noted Williams.
Torque also enables IT teams to detect drift and then update live cloud environments to remediate any that fall out of scope, he added.
Quali has been making a case for an environment-as-a-service approach to managing IT. That approach is based on a set of triggers for controlling infrastructure via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that can be invoked either via an application programming interface (API) or a graphical user interface (GUI).
In addition to providing a set of infrastructure provisioning guardrails that prevent mistakes from being made, Torque makes it possible to automatically deploy complete application environments on top of infrastructure provisioned as code using blueprints rather than relying on low-level Terraform scripts. The goal is to increase developer productivity by enabling IT teams to create self-service portals that developers can use to spin up environments.
That approach is becoming more appealing as many organizations begin to adopt platform engineering as a method to centralize the management of DevOps workflows, noted Williams. In fact, as part of that effort, many organizations are starting to unify the management of cloud and on-premises IT environments, he added.
While many developers routinely provision IT infrastructure using tools such as Terraform, many of them lack the cybersecurity expertise required to ensure cloud computing environments are configured properly. Developers also tend not to remember to de-provision cloud resources when no longer needed; over time, those factors contribute to unnecessarily increased cloud costs.
Ultimately, the goal is to find ways to centrally manage IT environments to reduce costs and improve cybersecurity without inhibiting the pace at which developers are building innovative applications, said Williams.
At the same time, as application environments become more complex, it is becoming even more challenging to provision and manage IT environments at a time when many organizations are reluctant to hire additional IT staff, he noted.
One way or another, IT environments will become more automated. The issue is determining how best to organize the IT teams managing those environments as tasks that once required a lot of manual effort are increasingly automated.