Cloud Management

Cloud management
Complete guide and solutions

Discover fundamental components of cloud management in this Vertice guide.

We’ll cover the different types of cloud management, its benefits, main challenges, and best practices below.

What is cloud management?

Cloud management encompasses the processes, tools, and strategies organizations use to monitor and optimize their cloud environments. This involves everything from provisioning and scaling cloud infrastructure to managing workloads, apps, and cloud services. 

Cloud management differs depending on the type of cloud deployment, as we’ve outlined in the sections below.  

Public cloud management 

Public cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud offer managed cloud computing resources, but this doesn’t mean organizations can sit back and relax. 

Cloud management is essential to streamline workflows, optimize cloud spend, and maintain security across IT infrastructure. This can include automating repetitive resource allocation tasks, introducing self-service provisioning guidance and using cloud management services to find cost optimization opportunities. 

Private cloud management 

Private cloud management generally requires more attention than public cloud management, with organizations having more security, data center, and compute responsibilities. But with these responsibilities also comes greater control — many organizations in highly regulated and sensitive industries prefer bespoke private cloud environments for this reason. 

Managing private cloud resources can deliver greater opportunities for operational efficiency, but only with sufficient attention to resource allocation and performance optimization across underlying cloud infrastructure. Implementing robust backup and disaster recovery strategies is also critical.    

Hybrid cloud management 

Hybrid cloud management can deliver the best of both worlds, affording organizations more control over sensitive data and workloads, while also leveraging the scalability, elasticity, and potentially lower costs of public or multi-cloud environments. But this can also pose some of the most complex cloud management challenges. 

Tools like VMware and Kubernetes are essential for orchestration, while APIs help organizations connect cloud management solutions and increase overall cloud visibility.

Cloud management services explained

Cloud management platforms help organizations navigate various challenges, acting as centralized hubs for orchestration, automation, and resource optimization across public, private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments. 

These tools can deliver more cost-effective cloud usage, real-time performance metrics, and simplified lifecycle management. 

Organizations must typically leverage several types of cloud management services to have the most success: 

  • Cloud cost management – Selecting the best cloud provider pricing, optimizing resource usage across IT operations, and gaining on-demand cost data are all cloud cost management fundamentals. Tools like our very own Cloud Cost Optimization platform help organizations through real-time insights, negotiation assistance, automation for savings, and more. 
  • Cloud automation and orchestration – Cloud management software is crucial for automating tasks and workflows for cloud resource provisioning, configuration, and management. Vertice can automate processes on the cost-saving side, while services like Ansible Automation Platform by Red Hat assist with automation playbook creation and more.  
  • Cloud monitoring and performance management Cloud asset management requires in-depth and real-time insights — from general network health and performance to resource allocation and security posture. Datadog is a top option, offering comprehensive monitoring and analytics for cloud environments.    
  • Hybrid and multi-cloud management – Tying together on-premise IT infrastructure and cloud environments is a challenging process. Cloud management software like IBM Cloud Pak for Multi-Cloud Management can help here, providing consistent governance and orchestration across diverse cloud platforms.
  • Cloud security and governance – Robust cloud security posture is only possible with targeted security practices. McAfee Cloud Workload Security is a top cloud management service for security, offering features for vulnerability management, threat detection, workload compliance, and more. 

The benefits of effective cloud management

An effective cloud management strategy can deliver numerous benefits: 

  • Enhanced cloud visibility – Cloud management services deliver in-depth views of entire cloud environments, offering real-time insights into resource utilization, performance metrics, and application health. Enhanced cloud visibility is vital for data-driven decision-making and a proactive approach to security and cost management concerns. 
  • Better cloud cost management – Cloud management platforms can identify and eliminate wasteful spending by optimizing resource usage, rightsizing applications, and discovering shadow IT. Savings can be immense. For example, Vertice’s Cloud Cost Optimization service achieved over $1 million in cloud savings with one leading cybersecurity company. 
  • Improved operational efficiency and agility – Implementing effective cloud management practices can improve operational efficiency and agility by taking the burden off departments that could make better use of resources on more strategic tasks. For example, DevOps teams could be free from repetitive tasks like manual configuration and focus on more innovative areas. 
  • Centralized cloud management – Successful Cloud FinOps implementation relies on centralized governance overseeing cross-functional and collaborative foundations. Cloud management delivers this unified approach, providing greater clarity regarding guidance and best practices. 
  • Greater control – Cloud management software affords organizations better control over their cloud environments, especially for hybrid or multi-cloud deployments. This allows for granular and targeted management processes for everything from access controls and compliance to integrations. 
  • Better productivity and profitability – Enhanced cost optimization, workflow management, and resource allocation naturally lead to greater organizational productivity and profitability.  Cloud management can also help proactive scaling, alerting businesses to opportunities for increased cloud usage and subsequent output.
  • Strengthened security posture – Cloud management software can significantly enhance overall security posture — a particularly pertinent benefit for organizations operating in sensitive industries.

The challenges of cloud management

Capitalizing on the cloud management benefits above isn’t easy, requiring sustained focus to overcome the following challenges: 

  • Cloud environment complexity – Modern enterprise cloud environments can be extremely complex, leveraging multi-cloud and hybrid cloud deployments alongside legacy infrastructure. These disparate sources create various challenges, with effective management requiring streamlined orchestration and complete visibility.  
  • Cloud cost intricacies – Cloud provider pricing models are often intricate and obscure, with various options for services, instance types, and reserved instances. Organizations must also consider how pay-as-you-go pricing models can increase costs without the right management practices.  
  • Legacy infrastructure integration – Cloud computing is still a relatively new phenomenon, so many older organizations will be running hybrid cloud deployments requiring integration with legacy infrastructure. This requires careful planning, configurations, and disaster recovery to ensure seamless data flow, application interoperability, and data safety. 
  • Shadow IT discovery – Identifying shadow IT is a key cloud management component, but doing so can be challenging in such complex environments. Cloud management services offer features to uncover unauthorized services, enabling organizations to integrate them securely or eliminate potential risks. 
  • Cloud sprawl control – Managing cloud sprawl is increasingly difficult due to the number of services and SaaS applications available. This is particularly pertinent for larger enterprises, with cloud management practices like defined procurement cycles and regular redundancy elimination being vital.
  • Security vulnerability and compliance – Even simple public cloud deployments have more complex security challenges than traditional on-premise infrastructure. Organizations must ensure robust access controls, encryption, and threat detection measures are in place. Cloud management also involves managing compliance, an especially challenging process in highly regulated industries.

Six steps to improve your organization’s cloud management

The steps below can help optimize cloud management and feel the benefits outlined above:  

  1. Define a cloud management blueprint – Start by establishing a clear cloud management strategy aligned with overall business goals. This includes setting KPIs for cost optimization, evaluating your cloud deployment model, and creating an implementation roadmap.
  2. Select the right cloud management tools Use the initial blueprint to help you procure the optimal cloud management tools. Select cloud management software for task automation, resource allocation, cost optimization, security management, provisioning, and more. 
  3. Standardize and centralize cloud governance – Establish centralized cloud management and governance for a consistent approach. This will help with promoting clarity on best practices, reacting to optimization suggestions, and achieving bird’s eye visibility.    
  4. Optimize resource allocation and increase visibility – Use cloud management services to provide real-time resource usage data and automate processes accordingly to enhance allocation and spend. This can include right-sizing, auto-scaling, and reserved instance management.
  5. Define a regular cloud security and compliance lifecycle Achieving robust cloud security isn’t a one-time effort. Define a proactive and iterative lifecycle to ensure complete attention to data encryption, access controls, vulnerability management, regulatory compliance, and more.
  6. Encourage collaboration and business integration – Cloud management is at its best when everyone is on the same page. Despite being governed by a centralized team, organizations should encourage collaboration and a cross-functional approach to cloud management solutions. Integrating the strategy with wider business goals can drive efficiency, productivity, and overall profitability.

How Vertice’s cloud management software changes the game

The Vertice Cloud Cost Optimization platform can reduce costs by up to 25% with targeted capabilities to streamline your cloud environment. Our cloud management software optimizes spend with cost-effective solutions. 

For example, organizations can automate savings, get granular cloud visibility insights, and leverage data-driven actionable suggestions all packaged with intuitive and easily digestible dashboards.  

Vertice’s cloud management service focuses on cloud cost management, but the offshoot is greater visibility and overall profitability. Start leveraging the management software today – cost savings could be within easy reach with our advanced tools – and get in touch for more information.

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