5 Fundamentals of Effective Cloud Management

Cloud computing strategy now means incorporating several different cloud services to work together for your company. IDC predicts that more than 85 percent of enterprises will go down this multicloud route in the future, with 50 percent subscribing to more than five different services by 2018. In an article for, Clint Boulton explains five of the fundamentals of good cloud management:

  1. Cost transparency and optimization
  2. Capacity and resource planning
  3. Security and identity
  4. Governance and policy
  5. Orchestration, automation, provisioning

Putting Your Head in the Clouds

The first trick with a public cloud is to continually manage how much your company is leveraging it. Treating it like other services, such as a cable bill, can lead to spending much more than needed or in not using it as efficiently as it can be. Figure out how much service you need and when precisely you need it. Since no single cloud service offers the be-all-end-all solution, you’ll more often than not find yourself using multiple services in conjunction with one another, hence multicloud.

About cost transparency and optimization, Boulton says this:

CIOs need to closely track and align their consumption of cloud services with how much they’re budgeting for that particular cycle. High interest in cloud cost planning is a big reason why Microsoft last month agreed to acquire Cloudyn, which helps enterprises analyze consumption, enable accountability and forecast future cloud spending. Microsoft’s thinking is that Cloudyn’s software will help make adoption of Azure more appealing to CIOs.

The security of your enterprise should also be taken into account when entering into a cloud computing environment. This requires proper communication between CIOs, CISOs, and their vendors to agree on SLAs. Likewise, policies must be established about which people have which types of access–and to what degree–to cloud resources. Lastly, about orchestration, automation, and provisioning, you want to do “service blueprinting” that details the connections and interdependencies that exist in the system.

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