By Alain Francois
Some organizations are increasingly choosing to reduce their up-front investments in IT infrastructure by deploying their applications into cloud environments. Those environments offer private, public, or hybrid cloud combinations, giving many options on the cloud. Thus, it is important to have a cloud management strategy that allows organizations to make decisions about how and when to use cloud-based services, ensuring their use of the cloud is cost-effective. Cloud providers can offer you services to rent a server where you can deploy your services just as they can offer services that can deploy for you to use directly.
Cloud management is a suite of software tools that enterprises use to manage and optimize their cloud resources. It is also a practice that allows administrators to control and orchestrate all of the products and services that run on a cloud, such as user accounts, access, data, applications, and services. This can include who has access to what and how they access it, along with the overall control of all data, applications, and services. Those tools help the admins oversee all types of cloud and cloud activities, such as resource deployment, use tracking, data integration, Kubernetes, and disaster recovery.
It is about empowering them to access the resources they need, automating the processes they want, and making the necessary adjustments while monitoring usage and costs. Cloud management is also about how administrators keep the infrastructure flexible and scalable and adapt it quickly as changes change.
Cloud management software is typically deployed into existing cloud environments as a virtual machine that contains a database and a server. It enables organizations to manage cloud resources via an orchestration suite that helps automate cloud management tasks. The servers communicate with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to connect the database, cloud, or container-based resources interacting within the cloud. The database collects information on how the virtual or cloud infrastructures are performing and sends analyses to a web interface where cloud admins can visualize and analyze cloud performance. Admins can also relay commands back to the cloud, which is carried out by the virtual server.
They offer reporting and analysis capabilities to provide guidance on corporate cloud consumption. It also allows the monitoring and management of cloud resources, including virtual machines, storage, networks, and (ideally) the migration of resources between different environments.
Cloud pricing is often complex, a la carte, and changing constantly. Cloud management makes it possible to track and allocate the company's expenses in cloud computing, generate reports, and predict future loads. Thus, it provides accurate cost management, forecasting, and reporting.
Companies need to integrate management that can deploy and orchestrate cloud services across the multi-vendor landscape. Managing applications involves much more than simply getting them launched. Cloud management tries to make it easy to perform a variety of functions, including asset inventory management, self-healing, workflow automation, security, compliance activities, monitoring, access control, provisioning, and orchestration. Along with managing resources, you can also monitor resource usage and its impact on system performance. You can manage scalability, automation, and provisioning easily.
Companies are more likely to improve cloud computing performance, reliability, cost containment, and environmental sustainability. The management of applications involves repetitive tasks. You can provision servers and push code automatically via APIs instead of managing these tasks manually. Cloud management can play an important role in managing the security status and vulnerability of your IT assets. For example, Alibaba Cloud offers a set of Billing APIs for Cloud Management Partners (CMP) to manage their billing accounts, orders, resource packages, and bills of Alibaba Cloud services.
Cloud management solutions are built to reduce complexity and provide IT teams with an easy-to-use platform with a rich UI to simplify the overall management of the hybrid IT estate. It ensures that decision-making is accelerated as information is available in real-time.
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