The 5 habits of highly effective cloud management portals

The 5 habits of highly effective cloud management portals

Posted in Articles on Tuesday, September 05, 2017

by Richard Vester - Group Executive Cloud Services Division


In today’s fast-paced business environment, companies of all sizes are evaluating popular cloud services to manage their dynamic workloads. All too often, they quickly discover that most popular cloud services present a dilemma: How to make management of multi-cloud environments cost-effective and simple.

Highly effective cloud management portals, however, make management and provisioning easy through:

  1.  Empowering users with self-service

Developers, test engineers, business analysts, support staff, and all other divisional staff need to access specific cloud services at specific times. Many of these only offer command-line tools or a basic web interface designed for technical users. These tools increase the IT support burden and do not fully meet user expectations. Using a single pane of glass portal that allows users to create, deploy, and manage cloud resources on their own, subject to IT or management approval where necessary, empowers a highly effective cloud environment.

  1. Allowing users to share environments and managing user roles

A big part of being agile in business is the ability for the entire organisation to collaborate with one another. Most cloud providers don’t offer easy sharing of IT environments, and creating granular role-based access control permission to IT environments often a programming task. An intelligent cloud management portal that allows a self-service interface to set granular user access control permissions saves time and money.

  1. Retaining visibility and control

CEOs expect IT to create and enforce security and compliance policies. CIOs also need usage visibility to keep costs under control. In some companies, CIOs also require IT architects to implement charge back policies due to a shared service model. One good way to meet these requirements is to access policy compliant templates based on project needs. In addition, by creating project and user specific usage reports, IT can provide detailed usage visibility across users and implement charge back policies. This can all be easily managed through an “out of the box” solution available through a single pane of glass cloud management portal.

  1. Identify easy wins

The C-suite wants cloud solutions that deliver agility and immediate cost savings and can be adopted incrementally without posing a major risk to business systems. They also look for solutions that enable IT to focus on the core business. Different solutions from different providers usually fit these criteria, but without a single cloud services dashboard, the cloud cannot be as effective as the business requires.

  1. Multiple operating systems, databases, and application servers

Ask any CIO to name the platforms and tools he/she uses to enable the business, and you’ll hear a long list. Today’s businesses have many operating systems, application servers or platforms and databases.  Most cloud services only support a limited set of operating systems, databases and tools. Choosing one of those services is not a viable option as they may require the re-architecting or rewriting of applications, which is very expensive and time consuming. Cloud environments controlled through a highly effective management portal can provide the right fit for the right application through a single portal that provides access to all of the world’s clouds.


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