Cloud management entails the utilization of software and technologies designed for operating and monitoring applications, data and services residing in the cloud. The tools utilized help to ensure that cloud computing-based resources are working optimally and properly interacting with users and other services within your company.
Numerous tasks such as performance monitoring (response times, latency, uptime, etc.), security and compliance auditing and management, and initiating and overseeing disaster recovery and contingency plans are all part of the cloud management strategy.
Flexibility and scalability are important components of a company’s cloud management tools especially in today’s age of increasing growth, complexity and variety of private, hybrid, and public cloud based systems and infrastructure already in use.
Equals increased productivity which in turn translates into additional money saved. While it may be difficult to put a value on up-time stats many businesses stand to lose a substantial amount of money if their core business systems are not functioning properly. Cloud management can spot these issues before they occur and pay for itself with a single instance of a problem that was averted.
Cloud management technology can monitor a cloud provider’s ability to live up to the established service level agreement. Response times, latency, and uptime need to be tracked over time and the cloud manager is alerted when the system behavior does not support the pre-established criteria. In many instances, there are financial penalties that the provider must pay.
Encompasses monitoring the effectiveness of security and compliance. The system will typically keep logs to support compliance audits and other activities. An example would be of healthcare clients who must remain in compliance with existing rules and regulations in addition to reporting to auditors. Results of not being compliant could mean stiff penalties or even a suspension of operations. None of this changes when moving to the cloud.
Cloud management technology gives you the ability to track the operations of a cloud-based system, including what occurred in the lead-up to a failure.
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