Successful cloud management is not easy, and it’s getting more complicated every day. As IT leaders better understand the capability of cloud solutions to lower costs and increase productivity, a push towards better cloud management is gaining traction. But what exactly is cloud management, and what challenges should IT leaders be aware of to manage their environment effectively?
Effective cloud management is elusive to many IT leaders. Many managers and leaders are struggling with the propagation of cloud environments as organizations seek to further enhance their operations with public, private and hybrid clouds. At the center of this struggle are three areas that IT leaders need to understand to achieve effective cloud management:
- Ease of Use for self-service IT
In multi-clouds environments, it is difficult to see the big picture and accurately manage the many pieces and 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 networks.
CloudBolt unifies private datacenter and public cloud technology to form a single enterprise hybrid cloud through which any user can provision, manage and orchestrate IT resources. CloudBolt’s features include flexibility via extensions capabilities that drive the solution to integrate with existing and future technologies. This empowers IT organizations with the ability to integrate various peripheral systems, whether legacy or emerging, including:
- A plug-in architecture that allows users to create relevant plug-ins in the form of 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, which are connections to your virtualization platform or public cloud provider, including AWS, Azure, OpenStack, GCE, RHEV, IBM Cloud, Oracle Compute Cloud and more.
The advent of DevOps in corporate IT has dramatically increased the value of cloud management and the automation that comes from cloud technology. At the center of cloud and DevOps 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 segregate departmental data, monitor privileged access to data, and provide resource allocation and cost-tracking automation – at the same time delivering computational resources to end-users.
Ease of Use
CloudBolt is ready, in an out-of-the-box fashion, to integrate with any network and with existing tools 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 base framework CloudBolt provides and extend it to other tools via the API. By integrating with existing technology, cloud management solutions give you the ability to leverage your investments in technology and build an automated hybrid cloud platform.
This platform’s ease of integration compliments the single-pane approach and enables managing multiple clouds. Additionally, CloudBolt’s open plugin approach makes it simple to deploy.
Key To Cloud Management Strategy
Successful cloud management is not easy. But with a strategy that centers on finding a solution like CloudBolt, which drives transparency, automation, and ease-of-use, organizations can go a long way to gaining successful control of their cloud environments.