When migrating to the cloud, businesses might not realize the amount of effort needed to manage their cloud. Especially in a hybrid or multicloud environment, where businesses have to view all of their clouds separately, being able to view your cloud environments through a single pane of glass is important for effective cloud management. This can be achieved with the help of a cloud management platform, where you can gain visibility into all your clouds through a single platform.
What is a cloud management platform?
A cloud management platform is a Software-as-a-Service solution that uses data from your hybrid or multicloud provider to give you insights into your cloud operations. Most cloud management platforms can integrate with multiple public clouds and some can integrate with on-premises IT infrastructures.
Why can’t I just use my cloud service providers’ native tools?
The monitoring tools and data that cloud service providers give you are not enough to give you a full picture of your cloud environment. This is especially true if you’re in a hybrid or multicloud environment. If you’re operating with on-premises infrastructure, cloud service providers are unable to integrate with your data. With a third-party cloud management platform, you can merge your on-premises data along with your cloud data for a singular view into your hybrid and multicloud environments.
Additionally, because of security concerns, cloud service providers don’t give you full access to public cloud data centers. Cloud service providers don’t provide the depth of information needed to effectively manage the cloud. When using a cloud management platform, companies can create reports and drill down into cost drivers in a singular platform. Having consolidated information in one place and not spread across multiple native tools is important when looking holistically at your entire hybrid or multicloud environment.
What can a cloud management platform do for me?
If you want to learn more about how cloud management platforms can help your business gain visibility into the cloud check out our free eBook, The Beginner’s Guide to Gaining Visibility in the Cloud. The eBook goes into more detail about the differences between cloud management platforms and their capabilities, future cloud trends, and questions to ask cloud platform vendors when deciding which one to choose.