The rise in quality and accessibility of cloud computing resources have done wonders for companies on a restricting IT budget. Large enterprises were once the sole benefactors of the advanced capacities and efficiencies that high-powered bandwidth and heavy-duty data storage can give to operations. These days, cloud service providers and data centers have made it increasingly affordable to establish this level of IT infrastructure, even for small and medium-sized businesses.
However, though these companies are spared the expense of building out their own data storage facilities and purchasing their own server equipment, they take on the costs of leasing bandwidth, migrating their data to the cloud, and managing their clouds and VMs. In an effort to maximize the cost effectiveness of using this IT architecture, many businesses are adopting cloud management platforms (CMPs) that offer a single dashboard for managing multiple clouds, public and private These programs are saving businesses valuable time and resources that they can redirect towards new projects and advancements - here’s how.
Low-cost installation. Your CMP should be up and running quickly and with little cost, a refreshing contrast to other IT self-service solutions that require lengthy professional services engagement, and repeated rounds of configuration.
Maintaining freedom. A trustworthy CMP provider will support many different hypervisors and public cloud providers, and won’t force you to commit to any one particular vendor. This allows businesses to pick and choose the service providers that will be most cost-effective and appropriate for their specific operations, without worrying that they will lose money or disrupt business if they need to switch providers at a future date.
Tracking assets. CMPs allow companies to set up custom searches through scheduling and automate report generation, making it easy to monitor the value and efficiency of virtual assets and to optimize your operations for improved profits. The CMP should also allow users to automate actions like approvals, provisions and decommissions, which helps to improve operational efficiency, reduce sprawl, and manage the entire lifecycle of virtual assets.
Constant calculation. A smart CMP will have a capacity planning feature that can calculate the precise cost of resources at the moment they’re requested and make provision suggestions that help shift consumer behavior toward more cost effective use patterns.
Rightsizing. Both the administrator and the end user receive rightsizing recommendations, allowing VMs to run at maximum capacity until a user decides it is overprovisioned, rather than having resource restrictions and reductions be dictated beforehand by IT. Cloud workloads are naturally in flux, and the option to resize your workload at will ensures that resources are allocated efficiently and results in significant cost savings.
Used properly, a thorough cloud management platform can help companies compound the cost benefits of using multiple cloud platforms, and support network use expansions by making timely, responsive resource allocations. Signing on for yet another IT tool when your budget is already up against its limit might seem counterintuitive, but the goal of a CMP is to get all of your other pieces to fit together as smoothly as possible and make operations as efficient as possible and lighten your IT cost burden.