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Overview

Cloud management is the management of cloud computing products and services. Public clouds are managed by public cloud service providers, which include the public cloud environment’s servers, storage, networking and data center operations. Users of public cloud services can generally select from three basic categories: User self-provisioning: Customers purchase cloud services directly from the provider, typically through a web form or console interface. The customer pays on a per-transaction basis. Advance provisioning: Customers contract in advance a predetermined amount of resources, which are prepared in advance of service. The customer pays a flat fee or a monthly fee. Dynamic provisioning: The provider allocates resources when the customer needs them, then decommissions them when they are no longer needed. The customer is charged on a pay-per-use basis.

Managing a private cloud requires software tools to help create a virtualized pool of compute resources, provide a self-service portal for end users and handle security, resource allocation, tracking and billing. Management tools for private clouds tend to be service driven, as opposed to resource driven, because cloud environments are typically highly virtualized and organized in terms of portable workloads

A cloud management system combines software and technologies in a design for managing cloud environments. Software developers have responded to the management challenges of cloud computing with cloud management systems.

  • manage a pool of heterogeneous compute-resources
  • provide access to end users
  • monitor security
  • manage resource allocation
  • manage tracking

Cloud management challenges:

  • Companies using public clouds do not have ownership of the equipment hosting the cloud environment
  • Integration includes tying into the cloud APIs for configuring IP addresses, subnets, firewalls and data service functions for storage.
  • critical to cloud providers that need to provision resources quickly to meet a growing demand by their applications.

  • Hybrid cloud environments, which combine public and private cloud services, sometimes with traditional infrastructure elements, present their own set of management challenges. These include security concerns if sensitive data lands on public cloud servers, budget concerns around overuse of storage or bandwidth and proliferation of mismanaged images.

Benefits of Cloud Management:

  • Provides a centralized platform for managing a list of targeted clients/leads.
  • Hides the complexity of today’s assemblage of artifacts such as cloud platforms, hypervisors and operating systems.
  • Helps you leverage past IT investments, couple governance with agility and provide users with the services they need when they request them.