Cloud application management eliminates manual intervention from routine tasks and workflows by automating resource provisioning and maintenance through models or blueprints. Business policies are transformed into virtual steps that are then configured into the cloud management platform. Provision cloud infrastructure and enterprise application resources based on pre-defined permissions and policies.
Cloud management software can detect problems, resolve them, generate reports and send notifications to administrators, all without human intervention. Automation reduces errors while improving efficiency.
Custom, Business Tailored IT services
Cloud management allows IT to customize cloud services for specific requirements. Design blueprints – IT services – which can be simple applications or complex full-stack environments for your developers. Some cloud management solutions enable modularity, where a single design can be reused to automate the fulfillment of a wide variety of requests - by simply selecting service options or parameters into the fulfillment process. Scripts can be composable, which means you can just as easily remove parts of particular scripts or flows as you can add to them. Making the service customization experience much easier.
Rich, Immersive UI
“Silos of skills” within an organization is a real problem that finds alleviation in rich, immersive user interface (UI) that can take the place of the coding environment, making knowledge transfer, onboarding, minimum coding skills required, and ability to execute quickly, all much easier and faster. Cloud management solutions can offer simple or advanced UI for developers – both for building automation and for designing IT service blueprints (designs).
Public Cloud Cost Containment
The pricing models of public cloud service providers range from simple to complex, making the comparison of different providers and determining total cost arduous. In addition, it isn’t always easy to forecast usage and its associated spend. Cloud management includes cost monitoring tools that give IT teams the ability to navigate the sometimes murky pricing models of cloud computing vendors.
Organizations can understand where their bills come from, allocate charges to different customers or departments, forecast future expenses and make long-term commitments.
Some solutions also enable showback and chargeback and even provide auto generated recommendations for effectively lowering the public cloud spend.
Single Pane of Glass
Today’s organizations have dozens of diverse applications running in the cloud. Cloud management gives visibility and control over this otherwise disparate ecosystem, integrating cloud operating systems, applications, storage frameworks, provisioning, cloud security and anything else hosted on the enterprise’s cloud. Cloud management tools ensure the effective operation and management of cloud resources, creating a consistent mechanism for resource allocation, cost management and compliance. Administrators gain access and control over the enterprise cloud through a web-based interface they can access from anywhere they are. All that’s required is a secure Internet connection.
Quick Time to Value with OOTB content
Cloud Management solutions can provide you with out of the box content for custom automation (library of operations, workflows), for integrations with other widely used software and technologies, and more. This can help IT administrators get a head start on every project resulting in improved time to value.
Display All Configuration Items
Ensure company-wide IT compliance with a complete view of all CIs (configuration items) and their dependencies. This includes storing and maintaining relationships between them, providing you with the information needed to make better business decisions and run efficient IT processes. For example, during disruptive events, impact and root cause analysis can therefore easily be performed helping IT quickly bring resources to the desired, optimal state.
Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Management
Whether by design or circumstance, the future of cloud computing for the average enterprise is a mix of private, public and hybrid cloud solutions. Cloud management equips today’s organization with the tools required to manage multiple clouds of different types (public, private and hybrid). Enterprises can optimize cost and manage capacity across multiple cloud types.
Self Service Catalog for End-users
End users can browse the service catalog that IT created, and they can independently request company-approved resources – using a self-service portal – for their specific projects and needs.
Cloud management accelerates and orchestrates the delivery of cloud infrastructure and applications. By leveraging performance optimization tools and proven methodologies, it ensures cloud-based applications run efficiently.
Cloud services are easy to procure. With this convenience, however, comes the risk of taking up more than you need or can afford, leading to resource sprawl. Since a virtual infrastructure is intangible, an organization can lose track of just how much they are using and whether they need such capacity.
Through cloud management’s granular reporting and comprehensive analytics, organizations can better forecast and plan for their infrastructure needs while optimizing resource acquisition, resource utilization and workload placement. They can manage cloud capacity without compromising delivery on service level agreements (SLAs).
You can inject automated or manual actions into the fulfillment process, making sure all IT services are compliant with your company’s standards and budgets. These actions can also be used to configure advanced, multi-level approval flows for service requests. Easily assign dynamic rules based on different users and use cases.