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Why You Should Be Paying Attention to Cloud Management

22 May 2015 | Author: Arthur


It's no secret: cloud management isn't exactly the most exciting part of the cloud computing model.

In fact, for many who embrace the cloud, it's something of an afterthought. Companies often believe that the cloud management capabilities they receive with their public cloud package are good enough to get the job done.

This is simply not true. For best results, companies need to disconnect their specific cloud provider from their management platform. The big-name public cloud providers all use management platforms that are focused on their own specific cloud model. When you consider that over 80% of companies are expected to employ a multi-cloud strategy this year, you can see why using onboard cloud management tools simply doesn't cut it.

What to Look for in Your Cloud Management Tools

First and foremost, your tools must be provider-agnostic, meaning they aren't designed to work specifically with one cloud platform.

Next, you've got to be sure that you are taking care of the "big two" factors relating to cloud management:

  • Real-time analysis of data.
    Your cloud management tool has to give you the ability to gather and analyse data in real-time so that you can spot issues or potential hurdles, such as a drastic increase in demand, before they wreak havoc on your entire infrastructure
  • Strong integration with the cloud itself.
    The best cloud management tools can work cohesively with any cloud system by connecting through its API. Your management tool must be able to complete the right tasks and set policies that govern your organisation's use of the cloud. To do this, a cloud management tool has to seamlessly integrate into the network itself

Not everyone realises it, but cloud management actually poses a significant challenge for today's business. It's exciting to think about cloud deployment and all of the ways that it can help your business, but you've got to be sure that you also have a plan in place to sustain your cloud over the long haul.

Your cloud management strategy will have a huge impact on the broad success of your deployment, so it’s a good idea to spend some time thinking about it.