Considering last posts about what is cloud computing and how to learn building your own cloud is part of a story but the other crucial part is Management of Cloud, as long as the cloud is efficiently managed you can enjoy fruits of Cloud Computing, otherwise the outcome isn’t really as expected.
According to Ofir Nachmani (Senior Vice President and Chief Evangelist at Newvem):
Cloud Management refers to all cloud environment aspects and their related tasks.
Company based on cloud technology and taking its full advantages need Cloud Management to be performed by some Cloud management platform which administrates, manages and monitors your cloud complexities, to make your cloud experience better and more fruitful. The more your cloud is managed the better you can utilize Cloud’s possibilities.
When it comes to avail the features of a CMP (Cloud Management Paltform), they vary as per cloud type, and by the way it is referred in different names such as Cloud Management Tools, Cloud Management Platform or Cloud Management Software all of them mean same, i.e. a portal to manage cloud services(very simplified).
As long as you are on a public cloud you don’t need any Cloud management tool, as the infrastructure is already being managed by the Cloud service providers so you just enjoy the cloud and pay as much as you consume. Public cloud service can be availed in the following ways:
The service is booked via online form or console, and the user pays on the basis of per-transaction.
User specifies the amount of service in advance and pays a flat monthly amount for it.
The service is allocated as the customer needs them and he pays only for consumed amount of service, hence he doesn’t have to pay for unused amount of resources/service.
Here comes the need of a Cloud management tool, where a virtualized pool of compute resources is created and the cloud owner gets a self service portal with user friendly interface to manage basic variables. It controls and manages security, resource allocation, tracking, billing, access allowance and so on.
In Hybrid Cloud, things get a bit more complex and firstly it is needed to be decided that what to manage and how. Many cloud suite providers are available that purely serve the purpose of Hybrid Cloud Management.
As the Cloud management tools differ the features they provide also vary a little but the main purpose is same i.e. administration and security management and resource monitoring of the cloud.
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