What is cloud management?
Cloud management is the oversight and control of cloud infrastructure, whether it’s a private cloud, public cloud or hybrid cloud. Multicloud management enables both IT managers and users to handle challenges and solve problems involving security and accessibility issues.
How does cloud management work?
Cloud management works through a given management software that translates and optimises data, empowering IT administrators to make informed decisions on critical issues. These decisions involve everything from where data should be stored to oversight of results to help shape and sharpen future decisions.
Why is cloud management important?
Cloud management is not only important for today’s enterprise organisations, it is absolutely critical for data environments in general – especially since hybrid cloud and multicloud environments have become increasingly common. Without cloud management, there would be no way of making compute power, security oversight or applications accessible to the end user. It would also restrict IT administrators from being able to broadly assess all data environments in order to establish protection against threats and attacks.
What are the challenges of cloud management?
The main challenge of cloud management lies in managing multicloud environments. With most organisations’ data living across hybrid cloud environments, IT administrators must take a broad approach at handling a variety of management applications and dashboards. This can get overwhelming for ITDMs and management capacity can be negatively affected due to the sheer volume of manpower and time required to maintain oversight.
Another challenge of cloud management is maintaining system checks and security audits. Cloud management is utilised to prevent security breaches, but due to the exponential rise in complexity of attacks, hacks and security incidents can still occur. Even if your cloud administrators are constantly running audits, there are still risks across all data sources and applications.
The cost of efficient management tools – and manpower to run the systems – can be high. Management tools must be flexible to give users a meaningful view into the occurrences of their organisation’s services and applications. There is often a critical cost associated with the abilities of these tools – you get what you pay for. This poses a challenge to smaller organisations, as they might not have access to the resources they need to effectively secure their data across cloud environments and to protect themselves from the complex attacks that hackers initiate.
How is cloud management different from cloud computing?
While both cloud management and cloud computing function in the same data environments and the same applications, they have key differences. They both benefit from each other and coexist to promote a healthy cloud environment for your organization’s data.
The cloud is where all of your organisation’s data lives, including your respective resources, apps and services. Cloud environments allow for immediate access to these resources and are managed by software to enable this access. Cloud management is critical for enabling the accessibility of cloud computing services to users and includes the software, governance and administrators that determine how and when compute services are accessible.
How does cloud management work for hybrid cloud/multicloud environments?
Some would argue that cloud management works best within hybrid and multicloud environments. It has the capacity to benefit IT administrators and users within a singular data environment; however, most organisations are far beyond a single cloud storage infrastructure. As most businesses have the need for some level of on-prem storage solutions as well as the need to access certain capabilities that the cloud can offer, almost every organisation strategically utilises a hybrid or multicloud data environment.
Hybrid cloud is the new reality and organisations all over the world are having to step up and manage the challenges of multicloud. Organisations must utilise infrastructure solutions that enable the deployment, operations, management and cost needs that they face with such a high demand for insights in today’s data-driven reality.
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