Cisco Launches Cloud Consumption Services to Tackle Shadow IT

By CIOReview | Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: Cisco has introduced a new service, Cloud Consumption Services to tackle the rising issue of Shadow IT. It is a new problem that IT industry is facing these days. It is a term used to define information technology systems and solutions developed and used inside enterprises without approval from the organization.

The newly introduced tool is a software-as-a-service product that identifies cloud users involved in shadow IT. It helps enterprises to better govern their cloud adoption and grow businesses into an internal cloud service brokerage.

Prominent features of the new service by Cisco are it decreases cloud risks and costs, enhances onboarding and governance of cloud service providers, implements stronger cloud management practices, improves align cloud services with the needs of business and provides more control over cloud adoption and makes more informed decisions.

“Enterprise IT can now subscribe to Cisco Cloud Consumption Services, an online tool designed to determine how cloud services are being used by employees,” says Robert Dimicco, Senior Director of Advanced Services at Cisco.

 “The unauthorized use of services is becoming a major headache for IT leaders. On average, large organizations are now using 1,220 individual cloud services, largely without oversight, which leads to increased risk and spiraling costs,” Dimicco adds.  

Using Cisco’s new tool, organizations can get the entire detail of network traffic such as the consumption rate of cloud services by users, how they have used it, and the threat related to it. It also enables IT managers to administer the danger of organizational data being sent outside the organization.