Choosing a cloud management platform begins with knowing the business needs it is designed to address. Features can vary by vendor, and needs will vary from one organization to the next.
With the growth and ease-of-access of the cloud, many businesses already consume resources at a fast-paced rate. Having visibility into what is being consumed, as well as how much and by whom, is a critical part of an investment decision-making strategy. Cloud management refers to administrative control over public, private, hybrid and multi-cloud deployments as way to centralize control of various cloud-based infrastructures. So, a cloud management platform is a suite of integrated software tools that a business can use to monitor and control cloud computing resources. Some target niche industries or vertical markets, while others offer a broad toolset. Some are delivered as on-premises applications, while others come as software as a service.
The success, predictability and stability of a hybrid IT environment is directly related to the implementation of policies and oversight that frees up business units to consume services on-demand. This includes ensuring that permissions are allocated appropriately and cloud-consumption services have safeguards to ensure that costs are kept in check.
A fully managed service provider experience enables business units to focus on what they do best by outsourcing day-to-day IT and cloud provider tasks that are automated through the platform. Having technical experts to supplement in-house resource helps expedite time to market while also being cost-effective.
In most instances that require a platform that manages infrastructures that organizations have spent years building from environments and applications that were built or bought to fill particular needs. They often have different requirements and may have been purchased from different providers. The need for a cloud management platform comes from an organizational need to leverage these infrastructure investments while also moving toward a more efficient and agile platform through four core capabilities:
- Resource management: Manage apps, storage, network and server resources through discovery, tagging, provisioning, orchestration and migration.
- Service management: Manage the cloud-based computing services you use and deploy workloads and meet performance requirements with storage, memory and CPU resource capacity.
- Financial management: Control costs through metering and allocation of cloud resource consumption.
- General services: Enable integration, provide self-service capabilities and optimize cloud use with a portal, service catalog, automated real-time analytics and reporting and predictive analytics features.
Through its integrated and cross-platform management toolset, CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager provides organizations with the ability to take advantage of more features and consistently manage resources by allowing Development and IT Operations to collaborate on provisioning native cloud services and third-party custom applications onto any environment.
Cloud Application Manager offers two levels of support: Managed Services Anywhere or Platform Advisory Support. Application Lifecycle Management is a key component of Managed Services Anywhere and enables customer IT transformation by orchestrating the delivery of infrastructure, applications and services across multiple clouds. With Managed Services Anywhere, customers receive a higher degree of white-glove service, and have access to the full Cloud Application Manager feature set. Platform Advisory Support is primarily self-service, but provides customers with access to a designated Technical Account Manager for advice and recommendations.
By utilizing Cloud Application Manager’s powerful suite of inherent features, teams are able to focus on developing, building and deploying critical workloads without worrying about the infrastructure organizations can manage any infrastructure from a single platform, including the optimization of AWS and Azure cloud services.
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