According to a 2017 Gartner report, Amazon Web Services has 47% of the public cloud market. There is no disputing AWS’s position as the leader in public cloud, and the others are racing to catch up. But how did AWS gain such a lead over the more enterprise-oriented IT giants like Microsoft and IBM? One word: consumerization

Amazon made it easy for developers to try its cloud service. For pennies per day, with the same login a developer uses to buy toilet paper, he can provision infinite AWS compute resources in seconds using Infrastructure as Code and APIs. A passionate AWS following ensued. And soon developers brought AWS to work.

AWS came to most enterprises in the same way that the Apple iPad arrived. They just started showing up! Initially, corporations resisted iPads because they were too expensive and weren’t secure, but resistance was futile because once the passionate users experienced the very sexy, consumer-oriented iPad, they would accept nothing less (goodbye Blackberry). AWS is taking hold in a similar way, and like it was with the iPad, IT has to find a way to say yes to AWS, making it affordable and secure.

Many IT departments start by trying to control AWS, taking AWS administrative privileges away from the developers. Developers are asked to justify each use of AWS and submit a service request to IT who will provision resources for them. They fail to understand the reasons developers use AWS in the first place. They want to provision Infrastructure as Code using Agile Infrastructure that can be built and destroyed rapidly and repeatedly, without submitting service request tickets.

So, how does an IT leader get control of the security and cost of multiple AWS accounts without impeding the agility of the cloud user? The answer is Cloud Shift Managed Cost Optimization Services.

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