Cloud Management Platforms: Challenges as the Organizations Move Towards Cloud

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

Cloud management platforms help organizations manage private and public clouds through a set of automated and integrated tools and features. Eliminating the creation of data silos is key to successful cloud execution, and cloud management platforms address that challenge by aggregating and facilitating the management of all clouds.

Despite the importance of cloud management platforms, companies throughout all sectors struggle to implement these cloud services. As a result, organizations without cloud management platforms may miss out on the cost-effective cloud options and the desired reliability from multiple cloud networks.

When examining the value of cloud management platforms, it’s important to understand the following attributes of this evolving technology:

  • They 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 details of how these environments work, what parameters are available, or what are the inner workings of low-level network, compute, and storage capabilities. Each of these platforms utilize unique nomenclature that is not intuitive to the end user. As a result, using a cloud management platform enables the IT organization to customize the interface and utilize terms that are relevant to the end user and/or their business. This level of friendly UI also enhances adoption, another challenge faced by IT as new systems are implemented.
  • Cloud management vendors provide knowledge and training to the company: Most organizations ensure that the necessary expertise among the employees is there to implement cloud solutions. Without this skill set, it is common to struggle in the delivery of cloud services without direct knowledge of the technologies.
  • They help build, deploy, and manage private and public clouds quickly and efficiently.
  • They facilitate self-service IT and procure services as needed. Since clouds are infinitely scalable, this capability/requirement attempts to define specific amounts and subsequent expenses.

CloudBolt: One View. Many Clouds.

CloudBolt is a cloud management platform that delivers all of these services by unifying the private IT and public cloud and brings them together under a single pane of glass. 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 compliance with 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.

Manage Hybrid Environments With A Cloud Management Platform

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 the 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.

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