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Embotics Cloud Management Blog

Ian Lee

Ian Lee

Ian Lee is the Director of Product Marketing for Embotics, the leader in cloud management platforms. With over 15 years of marketing experience across a wide spectrum of technology industries in companies focused on the Internet of Things, security software, document management, imaging toolkits, and computer hardware and storage systems.

Recent Posts by Ian Lee:

4 Steps to Selecting a Hybrid Cloud Management System

Different management needs can and will surface at different phases in your hybrid cloud journey, and it can be easy to attempt to satisfy these requirements through the purchase of individual “tools.” But because there is a large amount of interaction and inter-dependency between them, starting with any standalone tool is not recommended. What’s needed is an integrated management system. One that's extensible so you can simplify your cloud journey.

Topics: Hybrid Cloud Cloud Management

Cloud Automation Doesn't Have To Be Difficult

Cloud initiatives are typically easy to manage by IT administration teams… as long as the initiatives remain small. But as soon as that scale increases, the complexity also rises, leading to difficulties in the effective coordination and management of the IT services, with the consequences being that service quality and responsiveness suffers.

Topics: Cloud Automation Software Automation implementation

4 Essential DevOps Processes

DevOps is a methodology of iterative software development that embraces close collaboration between contributing software developers, QA and IT operations staff.

Topics: Self-Service Provisioning DevOps Governance Automation

5 Factors to Chargeback/Showback Success

An essential component of any cloud computing implementation is costs involved in your cloud services program. And sooner or later, you’ll have to consider presenting those costs back to the departments utilizing the services as a chargeback, or at the very least, showback.

Topics: Cloud Management Platform (CMP) Cost Management Chargeback & Showback

A Checklist for Mapping your Cloud Management Implementation

Cloud management is a critical business operation, but few organizations have the time or expertise to build a cloud management program that meets not only today’s needs, but the rapidly changing needs of tomorrow.

Topics: Service Catalog Self-Service Provisioning Workflow Cloud Management lifecycle management

How To Get Valuable Insights Into Your Cloud Infrastructure

vCommander ships with a library of insightful reports. You can easily customize these reports to create unique views of your virtual infrastructure, which you can then send as periodic status updates to organizational stakeholders. In addition to the library of predefined reports, vCommander also provides powerful search capabilities. This empowers users to create, save and schedule highly customized reports.

Topics: Reporting Cost Management Cloud Management

Implementing Cloud Management: The First Step to Multi-Cloud Infrastructure

Implementing an integrated cloud management platform is the key first step on the path to a hybrid cloud, or multi-cloud infrastructure. By providing a single pane of glass across all of the disparate cloud services, whether private or public, you’re able to view all of the various dimensions of your infrastructure. This includes:

Topics: How-to Self-Service Provisioning Automation Cloud Management multi-cloud implementation

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 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

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