If you’re looking at lowering your IT costs by shifting more workloads to the cloud, you’re definitely on to something. Operating in the cloud – particularly hybrid cloud – can reduce infrastructure costs, allow you to “pay as you go” for many services and save your business money in other important ways.
But. (And it’s an important but.)
To get the most cost savings from moving to the cloud, you need to be sure your cloud resources are well managed. Here are three types of management tools that will be indispensable in your effort keep cloud savings high and costs low.
Orchestration automates the coordination of resources among the computer systems, middleware and services that are part of a hybrid cloud environment. Using orchestration tools, it’s possible to make efficient decisions about resource allocations, assign workloads across shared cloud resources and decide whether a service should be deployed in the cloud or on your on-premise service for maximum efficiency and savings. If you don’t use automation tools, you’ll have to do all this coordination manually – and the time and effort involved in that can really cut into your savings.
- Administration management
By combining system management tools and hardware interoperability capabilities, you can provide cloud administrators an integrated way to manage the many types of resources your organization relies on in the cloud. That way, they’re not having to juggle separate tools for compute, storage and networking resources. This not only makes admins faster and more efficient at doing their work, it also gives them broad visibility into what’s happening across the cloud, not just in one isolated part of it. That centralized visibility into and control over the whole environment is critical to enforcing cloud policy and avoiding costly cloud sprawl.
- Performance management
There are several different specific types of tools to ensure that applications in the cloud are realizing their full performance potential. There are tools for tracking cloud usage and costs so you can make sure your spending is cost-efficient; monitoring issues like slow responses or downtime and determining what’s causing them; and checking response times to see if there’s a slowdown in any particular application so take corrective action can be taken.
Learn more about these tools – and other cloud management tools and capabilities – in How Will You Manage? A Guide to Maximizing Benefits and Controlling Risk in the Cloud.