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Cloud Management Definition

Cloud management is the management of cloud-computing based resources in all deployment models of cloud computing namely- Public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud. A cloud management system is a combination of software and technology that has the ability to monitor security, manage tracking and resource allocation, provide uninterrupted access, etc.

With a potential to create irreversible changes in how technology can work, cloud computing has changed the way businesses and consumers store and access data. Hence, this fast-paced, path-breaking technology needs a well-implemented cloud management system, precisely a managerial control over the public, private and hybrid clouds. A well-administered cloud management strategy combined with software and technologies entitles users to maintain control over these dynamic cloud environments.

Cloud management doesn’t just stick to provisioning and de-provisioning servers but also monitors the database, network, application and middleware, for which specific cloud management tools are paramount. These tools ensure a proficient operation of applications and services that enable IT organizations to save time and focus on more strategic goals.

Every cloud management tool comes with its unique feature, some of which includes an amalgamated management across numerous clouds, incorporation with third-party tools for monitoring and configuration, reports and dashboards for complete information about resource utilization and others. These cloud management tools bring flexibility, speed, security and cost efficiency to organizations.

Hence, the success of a cloud management strategy that involves tasks such as performance monitoring, management, compliance auditing, security, initiating disaster recovery and contingency plans depends highly on the proper use of tools and automation, with the inclusion of proficient IT staffs to carry out the task.

With complexities in cloud computing and multifarious private, public and hybrid cloud-based infrastructure and systems already in use, an organization’s cloud management tools have to be as adaptable and ductile as its strategies.

However, cloud management presents its own share of challenges too. With companies using public cloud services, they are bereft of complete ownership, visibility and control, as the cloud environment are not within their networks. On the other hand, capacity management is a challenge for both public and private cloud environments, as end users have the skill to install applications using self-service portals. Pricing resource also comes as a challenge for both public and private cloud service providers. Public cloud service providers need to ensure their pricing be competitive yet with the aim of creating profits. For private cloud service providers, pricing is straightforward but the challenge lies in its allocation. Hybrid cloud services providers, on the other hand, have their own management challenges that include concerns about security and budget, concerns about storage, bandwidth and propagation of mismanaged images. A hybrid cloud environment also faces a significant challenge in managing the information flow.

To overcome these challenges, users have to decide which are the best cloud management features and functionalities that would suit their business purpose and hence, find the best tool that fits in.

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