Cloud Management Tools: The Solution to Operational Efficiency
Achieving operational efficiency is challenging for any organization regardless of sector. Cloud management tools present an opportunity for organizations to achieve a balance of transparency and automation that drives flexibility, agility and operational efficiency. The challenge is finding the right cloud solution for your needs.
Driving operational efficiency is on the minds and wish-lists of most IT leaders today. It's such a hot topic that every startup and established vendor seems to have some form of a cloud tool for managing cloud computing environments. Cloud management tools generally monitor, provision and help bridge the divide between private and public cloud environments. Effective tools, however, go beyond these features and drive numerous organizational benefits, including increasing the speed of IT deployments, cost transparency and empowering end-users with self-service features.
If you don't have a cloud management platform, or your cloud management tool is static or lacking the features mentioned above, then it’s most likely time for an upgrade. The first step when researching a cloud management tool is to have a clear understanding of your IT organization and your business’ goals and objectives. Some of the questions to ask yourself in order to understand the needs of your organization include, do we need the solution to:
- Drive value from existing IT investments?
- Facilitate DevOps and software development?
- Produce valuable reporting and analytics?
Understanding these questions, and more, can help drive the search for a winning cloud management tool that will lead to the operational efficiency, flexibility and agility you seek, amongst other things.
Manage Multi-Cloud Environments
CloudBolt sees cloud management tools as the key to successfully managing multi-cloud environments.
There can be many advantages to deploying a multi-cloud architecture. For one, it can reduce being reliant on any one vendor. Multi-cloud also increases flexibility by offering different options and in turn, mitigating against disasters. It enables you to use the best-of-breed for your task at hand. History has shown that no one provider can be everything for everyone, and thus the ability to have choice is critical. The difference between multi-cloud and hybrid cloud is that it refers to multiple cloud services instead of multiple deployment modes, for example, public cloud, private cloud, and legacy.
By effectively managing all cloud networks through a centralized environment, a single user-friendly portal, CloudBolt drives self-service and data visibility, leading to greater operational efficiency.
This approach toward cloud management tools is one of the many reasons why CloudBolt recently earned the “Top Rated” designation by WhatMatrix. According to WhatMatrix, this recognition as one of the best cloud management tools is driven by the “ease of acquisition” of public cloud resources. CloudBolt provides a self-service interface that allows users to easily manage and provision resources on demand and based on job roles.
Key Features of Leading Cloud Management Tool
Two key features that drive CloudBolt as a leader in cloud management tools are:
- CloudBolt’s support of different resource handlers including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), OpenStack, GCE, RHEV, IBM Cloud and Oracle Compute Cloud.
- CloudBolt’s support of various load balancers, configuration managers, IPAMs, CMDBs and orchestration frameworks.
Having an open plugin approach with a cloud management tool is important, and it is just one of the reasons CloudBolt allows for flexible extension of the management system into existing and future technologies. More importantly, CloudBolt is simple to deploy and does not require organizations to rip and replace environments. The result is the ability to import, sync, and manage legacy deployments with ease.
Finally, CloudBolt’s extensibility empowers IT organizations with the ability to integrate various peripheral systems, whether based on legacy or emerging technology, or anything in-between. CloudBolt even leverages a plug-in architecture that allows users to create relevant plugins in the form of Python scripts, remote shell scripts, web hooks, or email notifications.