A lot has been said about the positive changes cloud computing can make in business environment. However, all the benefits of the cloud could only be achieved if companies and organizations deploy proper management. Even though cloud management is not much different from a traditional data center management a lot of IT professionals might still find it challenging.
Types of Cloud
The toughest decisions to make are the initial ones. The process of deciding between private, public or hybrid cloud requires considerable amount of time and research. This is the most important decision and has to be considered in respect to numerous aspects, but specific goals a company has should be the key factors when making such decisions.
Generally, private clouds are company’s internal data centers. They are associated with larger companies and organizations as their construction and management are much more expensive. Public clouds refer to hosted data centers that are less secure but are also much cheaper. This might be more suitable for smaller companies or startups. Hybrid cloud is a customized combination of these two.
The issues of security and costs are usually the most important ones but different niches may have different requirements and therefore a different approach to making decisions. The best option is to find the optimal combination of several different kinds of services and this is why cloud managers should be very skillful.
Tools and Tasks in Cloud Management
After the type of the cloud is chosen, the next step will be related to deciding upon the tools to be deployed. Cloud management tools are provided by a large number of companies. Rightscale, Scalr and Abiquo are some of the big names that specifically design their products for managing cloud environments. The most important task is performance monitoring (latency, uptime, response time). Besides this, there are plenty of activities related to deployment, analysis, computation, software, data access, storage services, etc. These tasks may be very complex, but with adequate solutions the whole system administration might be significantly improved and the IT costs optimized.
There are different types of cloud solutions – from those that manage the entire process to those that manage only parts of it and are combined with other tools. Data and applications residing in the cloud need these tools so they would function properly. This is especially important in big organizations where the data are abundant.
IT managers may now have a hard time adopting and implementing all the cloud solutions. Contemporary business environment is highly dynamic but most of the managers are educated and trained for the static world of traditional IT. The approach to data storing, analysis and modeling essentially changed and now contemporary staff is expected to adjust to this change.