What is a Cloud Management Platform

For many Mid-Size Companies and Small Businesses, it is only a matter of time before cloud-native applications will drive the business forward. And for these companies embracing digital transformation, next-generation Cloud Management Platforms will be the key to unlocking the potential of their Public cloud environments.

Cloud management is the management of cloud computing products and services. Users may also opt to manage their public cloud services with a third-party cloud management tool.

Public clouds are at the core of Digital Transformation and are managed by public cloud service providers, which includes IT Infrastructure such as servers, storage, networking, and data center operations. Users may also opt to manage their public cloud services with a third-party cloud management tool.

Cloud Management Platform is an integrated product that helps in the management of Public Cloud environments such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the aim of Provisioning, Security, Scaling, Automation, Monitoring and Cost-saving.

Cloud Management Platform combines a set of features or modules which enable the management of different Public cloud infrastructure components. Users of Public Cloud services also need to integrate with a well-architected framework as defined by the cloud provider like AWS, using its specific parameters for working with cloud components. Integration includes tying into the cloud APIs for configuring IP addresses, subnets, firewalls, and data service functions for storage. Because control of these functions is based on the cloud provider’s infrastructure and services, public cloud users must integrate with the cloud infrastructure management.

Cloud Management Platform provides means for a cloud service customer to manage the deployment and operation of applications and associated datasets across multiple cloud service infrastructures, including both on-premises cloud infrastructure and public cloud service provider infrastructure.

Cloud Management Platforms bring to the table some very important consideration in managing and leveraging public cloud the best of its abilities:

Self-Service

Products that incorporate self-service interfaces, provision system images, enable metering and billing, and provide for some degree of workload optimization through established policies. More-advanced offerings may also integrate with external enterprise management systems, including service catalogs, support the configuration of storage and network resources, allow for enhanced resource management via service governors and provide advanced monitoring for improved guest performance and availability.

IT Service Management

It is typical for Cloud Management Platform to leverage best practices and help IT teams comply with incident management, configuration management, asset management, and financial management. Also, policies can be made to help govern configuration and installation of images, access control, and budgeting and reporting.

Access Control

Access control often includes the use of Single sign-on (SSO), in which a user logs in once and gains access to all systems without being prompted to log in again at each of them. Also, given that Public Clouds such as AWS provide unlimited capacity, it is important to ensure that staff members have requisite amount of access which can be granted or revoked with few clicks.

Performance Management

Gathering and correlating all your policies, from your services to your infrastructure pattern use, Cloud Management Platform enables in provision, automatic configuration and deploying software applications using the right amount of resources. Cloud Management Platform intelligence gathers all the data points into one account to guarantee performance and SLAs, to make the best out of your user experience and satisfaction.

The scalability and flexibility offered by cloud services make them attractive to growing Mid-Size Companies and Small Businesses. Cloud Management Platform plays a critical role for making the most of your Public Cloud journey.

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