The cloud technology is speedily becoming the choice of many corporations, irrespective of the business size and industry. It is a computing process through which the tasks and services done on our computers are now performed on the Web. Because the ‘cloud’ automates most tasks and makes apps and services available anytime and anywhere, the technology offers the freedom of accessing it in whichever way we choose; such as via a desktop PC, Blackberry phone, or laptop. This becomes possible due to the centralized working of the technology via a cloud management platform. In order to gain the most of this approach, it is worth assessing cloud management platforms that differ in terms of performance, environment, and components. This assessment can be done by ensuring the existence of the following management factors.
Integration with Existing Tools
One of the common myths that most people have about cloud computing is that a cloud system works by replacing the present management tools of the business data center. Well, this is not the case. Although cloud is a new management platform for rendering services, its idealness lies in its ability to adjust with the present management tools. A perfect cloud management platform or solution will never replace the tools in data centers, which are meant for a variety of services such as billing, security, customer care, and systems management. Rather, it should be able to integrate these tools through an application programming interface.
For both the business and its customers, it is vital how IT services are rendered and how are they utilized. Users will surely expect the cloud to be available and running 24/7, irrespective of whether it is a matter of testing an application or offering the next generation video game. As a fact, the services are rendered either to a user within a firm or to an external patron, both of which have no time for that embarrassing downtime. Therefore, the cloud platform must be fully reliable by being available at any point in time. For this to take place, the data in the cloud must always be accessible even if one or more components have stopped working. This kind of availability is essential, as architecture of such a system is dependent on shared resources available across several internal or external groups.
This factor deserves to be at the core of any system management. When it is the matter of cloud-based system, efficiency is ensured at the time of defining services. A cloud-based system should be such that it must offer a simple way of defining and gauging service levels to the administrators. It should offer an enumerated set of services and apps, which end users can access as well as use via the provider that can be a public or private cloud. This service offering must be well integrated into the original offerings by the cloud system.
A cloud-based platform is imperfect without the ability to generate reports on critical performance information from the cloud. This is because the success of such a system is heavily dependent on its report-generating mechanism for tracking performance and services. In case these reports are not offered, you are bound to encounter several hurdles in maintaining performance as well as compliance.
Bio: Greg Buchanan is an IT manager in one of the most prominent companies in New York. With seven years of diverse experience in the enterprise software solutions, he now has gain the confidence even for executing the most difficult software projects. Fulfilling this wish, Greg has now been assigned a project on hybrid cloud wherein he has to integrate the different ERP resources of the client. Greg has started to spend most of his time in researching about the cloud technology and its architecture. Right now, he is concentrating on hybrid cloud cools and infrastructure for assessing cloud management platforms.