Over the past several years, enterprises have used several different strategies to move operations toward a cloud computing environment. The process has been slow, but is picking up speed as IT leaders better understand the benefits of cloud solutions. In addition, the automation and visibility afforded by cloud management platforms now facilitates a much better cloud management process.

Cloud management platforms help organizations manage private and public clouds through a set of automated and integrated tools and features. Despite the availability of cloud management platforms, many organizations struggle to implement modern cloud services that benefit the digital initiatives of enterprises across all sectors. As a result, IT leaders without cloud management platforms in place will miss out on the cost-effective cloud options and the desired reliability from the multiple private and public cloud resources available to them.

Use the following criteria to evaluate cloud management platforms:

  • Cloud management platforms homogenize access to virtualization and cloud environments — such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform or VMware — so the end user doesn’t have to understand the underlying configuration details.
  • Cloud management platforms from leading vendors provide knowledge and training to customers to ensure that the necessary expertise is given to the IT admins who  implement cloud solutions.
  • Cloud management platforms help build, deploy, and manage private and public clouds quickly and efficiently.
  • Cloud management platforms facilitate self-service IT and procure services as needed. As clouds are infinitely scalable, cloud management platforms help IT admins define specific quotas and subsequent expenses for private and public cloud resources.

CloudBolt: The Cloud Management Platform Solution

CloudBolt is a cloud management platform that delivers all of these services by unifying private and public cloud resources into one view. Through this centralized platform, CloudBolt empowers IT managers to provision, measure and control the consumption of computing resources. These cloud management platform capabilities are not dependent on location or compliant to third-party technology.

CloudBolt’s aggregation of cloud services drives cost savings and reporting. CloudBolt helps organizations quickly identify expensive systems or usage outliers by owner and environment. The CloudBolt reporting interface also leverages reporting for chargeback / shameback. Finally, CloudBolt’s Continuous Infrastructure Testing (CIT) executes end-to-end functional tests by re-running past orders to make sure they complete as expected. As a result, administrators can be notified of failures before users are impacted.

CloudBolt takes the guessing out of who is using your cloud services. Administrators using the cloud management platform immediately know when and from where data was used, while allowing your IT team to determine how they want to extend access to the data from every cloud network. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) features a group tree allowing admins to model their policies based on different internal and external users.

Over the past several years, companies within the U.S. and around the world, have moved towards cloud computing environments. And with cloud management platforms like CloudBolt, they can continue to leverage cloud solutions while ensuring automation, flexibility and user-friendly self-service IT.

To learn more about cloud management platforms, check out our product overview or request a demo.