What to look for in cloud management solutions?

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As cloud computing becomes essential for business agility, faster deployment, scalability, and reduced costs of ownership, more and more organizations are adopting multiple clouds. However, without the proper cloud management knowledge and expertise, managing multi-cloud environments can be extremely challenging and expensive due to downtime, performance issues, and negative experiences.

Because of this, many cloud management solutions have emerged to help organizations short on resources manage their public, private and hybrid cloud environments. According to a study done by Report Buyer, the multi-cloud management solution market is expected to grow nearly 300% from 2017 to 2022. Cloud management solutions are now driving operational efficiency through the unification of multi-cloud environments.

When evaluating cloud management solutions, you should consider the following eight factors:

  • Provisioning and Orchestration - Manage the interconnections and interactions among workloads on your public and private cloud infrastructure. Connect automated tasks into a cohesive workflow to accomplish a goal, with permissions oversight and policy enforcement.

  • Cost Management and Resource Optimization - Optimize resources to ensure maximum value from your multi-cloud environment with strategic thinking and careful planning.

  • Cloud Migration, Backup and DR - Migrate your data and applications to the cloud while implementing proper backup and disaster recovery measures to ensure business continuity and rapid recovery of individual files, full applications, or entire data centers.

  • Identity, Security and Compliance - Ensure your data and applications in your cloud environment stay secure from data breaches while also being compliant with data protection laws and policies.

  • Packaging and Delivery - Assess your applications, learn how often they’re being used, and see who is using them. This allows you to deliver optimal cloud management functionality to end users.

  • Monitoring and Analytics - Gain visibility and control over your cloud applications by understanding performance and availability of application components. Analyze results to ensure optimal performance and get notified when problems occur.

  • Inventory and Classification - Scan your on-premises data center and infrastructure to identify which assets, i.e. servers, applications, etc. should be moved to the cloud.

  • Service Request - Ensure the cloud service request process between IT and end users is as seamless as possible.

How Can RackWare Help?

RackWare’s Hybrid Cloud Management Suite provides agility within a multi-cloud environment, with rapid deployment, quick time-to-value, and lower IT expenses while optimizing application performance.

RackWare Hybrid Cloud Management

For more information on cloud management solutions, visit our hybrid cloud management page or contact a RackWare representative.