Cloud Management: Tips to Avoid Common Cloud Management Pitfalls

Cloud management for enterprises has become more critical than ever. The proliferation of private and public cloud resources available today are so easily accessible to almost anyone wanting to get started on a digital initiative. As IT leaders better understand the capability of cloud solutions to lower costs and increase productivity, a push towards better cloud management to reign in all the development projects underway or planned for the future without stifling innovation will make all the difference for enterprise digital transformation. But what exactly is cloud management, and what challenges should IT leaders know about effective cloud management?

Effective cloud management is still elusive to many IT leaders. At the center of this struggle are three areas that IT leaders need to understand to achieve effective cloud management:

  1. Transparency
  2. Automation
  3. Ease of use

Cloud Management Transparency

In multi-clouds environments, it is difficult to see the bigger picture and accurately manage the flow of traffic, including access permissions between different lines of business. Centralizing cloud management within multi-cloud environments drives transparency, making it easier to see who is accessing what, when and from where. This is particularly important in large organizations where multiple lines of business need to leverage the storage and computing power of cloud resources for dedicated and on-demand infrastructure.

Cloud management from CloudBolt provides one view for all cloud resources across the enterprise. Centrally located, cloud management from CloudBolt helps IT leaders make decisions across a very complex set of hybrid cloud and multi-cloud resources and maintain organizational transparency. . CloudBolt’s cloud management features include extensibility through open API plugins that drive the solution to integrate with existing and future technologies. This empowers IT organizations with the ability to integrate various 3rd-party systems, whether legacy or emerging, including:

  • An architecture that allows users to create relevant plugins with Python scripts, remote shell scripts, webhooks, and email notifications.
  • Support of various load balancers, configuration managers, IPAMs, CMDBs and orchestration frameworks.
  • Support of a large number of resource handlers,  including AWS, Azure, OpenStack, GCE, RHEV, IBM Cloud, Oracle Compute Cloud and more.

Cloud Management Automation

Cloud management solutions like CloudBolt facilitate full lifecycle digital initiatives across the enterprise. Automation is a key component to any digital initiative including DevOps where  IT has dramatically increased the value of cloud management. At the center of cloud these initiatives is the need to empower the developers and end users with automation and self-service. CloudBolt’s self-service model makes it easier for organizations to internally, seamlessly, and effortlessly track departmental digital business initiatives, monitor privileged access to resources, and provide allocation and cost-tracking automation.

Cloud Management Ease of Use

Cloud management from CloudBolt is ready out-of-the-box to integrate with private and public cloud resources and with existing tools that organizations have such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, ServiceNow, or Infoblox to fully automate the provisioning process. CloudBolt also integrates with any platform that exposes an API. As a result, CloudBolt customers can take the framework CloudBolt provides and extended it to other tools via the API. By integrating with existing technology, cloud management from CloudBolt gives you the ability to leverage your investments in technology and build an automated hybrid cloud platform.

The ease of use of the cloud management platform from CloudBolt also extends to the internal end users for self-service IT that can be configured by CloudBolt admins. Cloud management from CloudBolt provides a customizable catalog of resources for end users who can access pre-configured “blueprints” that streamline access to critical IT resources including private and public cloud resources from CloudBolt’s cloud management and integration platform.

Cloud management from CloudBolt drives transparency, automation, and ease-of-use to enable IT leaders to implement and maintain full lifecycle cloud management strategies that achieve digital transformation and help the enterprise innovate and remain competitive. .

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

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