WEB & TECH / JUN. 19, 2014
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Not All Cloud Management Solutions Are Created Equal

As the cloud market matures, companies are looking to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of cloud services. For the most part, customers usually begin with infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Although, now-a-days there is more interest in complex platform services such as database as a service or middleware as a service. Others are showing additional interest in full application services.

Not all Cloud solutions are the same

One thing to keep in mind is that not all Cloud solutions are created equal. It is important to plan for the future growth of your company. Effective cloud management should simplify day-to-day IT operations with a single set of management tools that work across both traditional IT and cloud. Your cloud management provider must help minimize management complexity—not increase it. i.e.

                        1) Avoid making things more complicated, tying up staff resources

                        2) Manage heterogeneity without the need for multiple technologies

                        3) Minimize the costs of operating across traditional IT and cloud

Functions such as governance, security, compliance, service assurance, patching, service lifecycle management, which are common to traditional IT, need to be supported for your cloud environment and managed together as a unified management toolset not apart. When researching for various options in Cloud Technology. You should keep in mind that it is all about agility, control, and cost-reduction. Chances are if you are thinking about moving into cloud technology it’s because you have heard it saves you money and simplifies your life. So, parting from that thought you should make sure that your cloud provider is simplifying not adding cost to your existing IT budget.

Cost Reduction

IT must perform in an extremely agile way in order to perform quicker and react faster to the market needs, which translates to faster time to value. This is accomplished by reducing application and infrastructure provisioning from months to minutes, across traditional infrastructure and the cloud, to deliver services faster and increase revenue.

What this translates to is IT must rely on a new delivery model to unite consumer and enterprise experiences with the ultimate goal of enabling business growth, but at the same time making sure to reduce cost. It’s import to first consolidate and standardize IT resources, so you can free up funds for cloud initiatives as well as the staff to focus on them. By increasing the utilization of your infrastructure-your servers, storage, and networks you can reduce operating expenses and capital expenditures.

Find the right cloud solution

There are a myriad of cloud solution options out there you just have to keep in mind a few things before you decide on a cloud service provider.

  • Choice with flexible open-with extensible architecture that avoids vendor lock-in
  • Simple to use management tools with simplified operations
  • Consistency in meeting SLAs with secure, complaint cloud services

There is no reason to rush into a purchase, you can shop around and look at what each cloud service provider offers you. You just have to make sure you avoid vendor lock-in that can potentially be cost ineffective to your company, and probably add more expenses in the long run to your IT budget.

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