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Embotics Cloud Management Blog

5 Steps to Implementing an Effective Cloud Management Platform

The key to implementing complex projects is to break them down into smaller, less intimidating steps – ones that can be easily focused on and dealt with one at a time. So, when it comes to embarking on a cloud management project, the same rules apply, and there are a common set of management and automation features that are required. The good news is you don’t need to tackle them all at once, but you can take small steps with each to ensure success and adoption. These include:

  • Resource Optimization
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Workflow and Automation
  • IT Costing and Chargeback
  • Self-Service Provisioning and Service Catalogs

Let’s take a look at each of these features in turn.

Topics: Administration Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Cost Automation Cloud Management

The Role of IT is Evolving

Times, they are a changing.

It’s not very likely that Bob Dylan had enterprise computing in mind when he penned those lyrics more than 50 years ago, but that doesn’t make it any less accurate when we look at the current state of where IT fits in the enterprise world. Here at Embotics, we talk to a lot of prospects and potential customers, and one thing we’re continuing to hear is that IT organizations are increasingly struggling to maintain relevance in a world dominated by cloud services.

Topics: Cloud Automation Software IT Cloud Native Cloud Management

The Evolution of Cloud Computing

Technology has gone through significant and rapid changes with the transition from in-house managed data centers to virtualized infrastructures. Now, next generation cloud-native applications, built and delivered using DevOps methodology, are moving to the cloud. These virtual environments have evolved as enterprises have moved their IT into a cloud offering, enabling a scalability and flexibility of on-demand resources, but, do you ever wonder how your virtualization initiatives stack up against those of your peers?

Topics: Self-Service Provisioning Cloud Management multi-cloud

…You Might Need to Invest in a Cloud Management Platform

Do you remember the comedian Jeff Foxworthy? Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, he was one of the country’s most inexplicably popular and successful comedians based on his routine, “You Might Be a Redneck.” Essentially, he’d talk about some character traits or activities, and if it sounds like something you’d do, say it with me… “YOU MIGHT BE A REDNECK!”

Topics: Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Cloud Management

Self-service provisioning and the food-chain

Self-service provisioning is good for everyone in the food-chain. It allows customers to do the key day-to-day administration themselves, and removes the need to raise support tickets, which makes them happier and more loyal. It also allows IT to spend more valuable time looking for new business challenges that the customer may face, rather than endlessly fulfilling new requests or doing day-to-day mundane and repetitive tasks.

Topics: Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Self-Service Provisioning Cloud Management

Organizations, Producers, and Consumers in a Multi-Tenant World

Multi-tenancy is the principal technology that clouds use to share IT resources cost effectively and securely. Multi-tenancy separates tenants running applications in a shared environment, in much the same way as tenants in an apartment building would share the common infrastructure of the building, but walls and doors give them privacy from other occupants. In a multi-tenant cloud deployment, the resources controlled by one tenant (such as a business or an organization) are physically or logically separated and secured from other tenants and applications that are using the cloud.

Topics: Service Catalog Self-Service Provisioning Cloud Management Multi-tenant multi-tenancy

Thinking Beyond the VM:  Automation and Workflows

The server virtualization market has come a long way. Today, nearly every enterprise uses virtualization – as it has become a mainstay in public, private and hybrid cloud deployments. As the virtualization market has matured over the years, organizations have evolved their VM strategies far beyond the point of simple virtualization. VM deployments today often include an element of self-service provisioning, where users can create their own virtual machines based on templates that exist in the service cloud.

Topics: Cloud Automation Software Self-Service Provisioning Whitepaper Automation

Webinar Q&A: Practical Ways to Improve Hybrid Cloud Governance and Optimize Costs

At the end of each of our webinars, we hold a Q&A session where the audience can ask questions that arose from the webinar content. This blog series highlights some of those questions to expose them to a wider audience.

This week the questions come from the webinar, Practical Ways to Improve Hybrid Cloud Governance and Optimize Costs, where Mark Jamensky, EVP of Products and Colin Jack, Lead Solutions Architect discussed the best practices to improve your cloud governance and reduce your public cloud costs and private infrastructure costs, and demonstrated practical ways to implement them.

Topics: Cost Management Webinar vCommander Governance

Making Self-Service Provisioning Practical

A Service Catalog can bring a number of benefits to both the IT organization and their customers – the  main one being that it allows users to deploy virtual machines without administrative intervention, streamlining the interface between IT and the end users. In doing so, users get access to virtual machines more quickly than would be possible if they had to wait for an administrator to create the virtual machine for them. The business also benefits from improved productivity, decreased administrative workloads, and reduced costs.