Wanting to move your company to the cloud and need to know what to consider? This article touches on:
- Cloud management defined for today’s businesses
- The five pillars of cloud management to keep in mind
- Why a successful cloud management foundation matters
- How cloud management platforms (CMPs) can help
Cloud management is centralized administration of a company’s infrastructure of servers, applications/software, data storage, network platforms, and so on, via the internet – “the cloud.” IT administration for cloud environments covers any type of business activity, including resource deployment, data integration, use tracking, and disaster recovery.
Cloud management is applicable to private and public cloud computing deployments and provides a layer of simplicity on top of complex environments. Moving to the cloud enables scale and speed that businesses need to be more productive and profitable.
Why Companies Move to the Cloud
There are many reasons for companies to move to the cloud. The most common being the ability to scale and adapt to dynamic business growth easily and affordably while keeping data secure. Having your business in the cloud enables employees to access data from any location at any time; being in the cloud removes physical hardware (that becomes obsolete) and location restrictions that on-premise infrastructures have.
Using third-party cloud providers can enable you to save money with infrastructure management. For example, moving to the cloud eliminates the need for a three-year investment in capital equipment, having equipment become obsolete before it’s fully depreciated, and, perhaps most importantly, avoiding having hardware break at the most inopportune time.
The three most commonly used cloud providers today are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Each offers a free version to get started. Each provides cloud services for businesses of all sizes from startups to large enterprises to government agencies. A little insight into each service:
- AWS – delivers power, storage, and other functionality to build sophisticated applications with increased flexibility, scalability, and reliability within 22 geographic regions.*
- Microsoft Azure – gives you the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your preferred tools and framework available in 54 regions.**
- Google Cloud – lets you build on the Google future-proof infrastructure that is protected by more than 700 top experts in information, application, and network security. It is offered in 20 regions.
Transitioning your business technology into the cloud can enable you to focus on what you know best: your company and meeting your clients’ needs.
Five Pillars of Cloud Management
- Cost management is challenging for any organization, but particularly for businesses managing cloud infrastructure. Primarily because cloud providers make it easy to add virtual resources to your environment, which can quickly snowball into resource sprawl. A virtual infrastructure is intangible; businesses often lose track of how wide theirs is growing and how much they’re spending. It can also be easy to let all functions run all of the time; turning off services when they aren’t in use can reduce expenses. Different cloud management solutions have different metrics and reporting structures when it comes to monitoring resource costs. Know which metrics are most important for your group to track so you can attain the services you need.