According to Gartner, CIO sentiment is favoring cloud computing. 55% of CIOs surveyed by Gartner indicated that by 2020, they will structure more than half of their applications as SaaS or manage them in a public cloud infrastructure. To manage and govern public, private, and hybrid cloud services require a focus on integrated cloud management platform. This, in turn, requires new roles, processes, and technologies.
Here's how they can help.
1. Standard Cloud Usage
Different organizations have different needs. Implementing a standard process empowers an organization’s decision makers to address all their needs without taking too much of risk. Cloud management platforms build a process where all provisioning goes through a layer of policy. The policy covers cost management and integrations to the cloud. As a result, developers should be free to operate within boundaries of their policy, without the danger of violating it.
2. Financial Visibility
Cloud management platforms provide cloud visibility at the application level into cloud spending, cloud budgeting tools — with in-depth analysis — and reporting. You can create and enforce financial policies by setting your cloud budget and pushing financial responsibility across an enterprise while communicating the financial consequence of cloud infrastructure across all departments.
CFOs can take better decisions on financial planning like:
- Setting up informed financial policies.
- Financial decisions based on data.
- Better visibility on financial consequences.
3. Self Service to Control Costs in Multi-Cloud Environments
When you are using multiple clouds, you are more likely to lose all control. There can be an unused infrastructure in one cloud, whereas you may go over budget in another cloud. This kind of problem is very common while choosing a multi-cloud environment. But you can easily solve this issue when you are using a cloud management platform. Most cloud management platforms provide a single place to manage multi-cloud and have self-service policies to automate and manage your processes.
Cloud management platforms are becoming very popular in enterprises from productivity standpoint too. DevOps, IT Managers, and CIOs are now able to perform different activities from a single platform with different levels of access. Also, cloud management platforms provide customized workflows and templates to automate your processes with less intervention from DevOps, making them more productive.
5. Layer Security and Compliance
From a security and compliance perspective, cloud management platforms also provide access control and policy enforcement. Access control can give a clear indication of who has access to a particular cloud, making teams accountable for a particular cloud's budget. With policy enforcement, enterprises can define policies at the CIO level and enforce them at the DevOps level.
6. No Vendor Lock-In
Cloud management platforms remove the complete dependency on vendors. Enterprises can compare clouds and decide and migrate to different cloud provider with few clicks. Thus, enterprises can have more control over their choices than ever before — be it single cloud, multiple clouds, or a hybrid cloud setup.