There are many businesses that use cloud-based applications as an effective way to optimize IT costs, by leveraging their pay-as-you-go model. Today, cloud-based platforms are used to manage multiple departmental needs such as project management, data sharing, notification systems, and collaboration. Nowadays many industries use a number of industry-specific needs such as analytics, big-data processing, reporting, and data interchange in sectors such as Telecom, Banking, Automotive, and e-commerce. A robust Cloud Management Platform (CMP) gives them the ability to handle a complex and fast-changing cloud-based environment.
AÂ Cloud Management Platform (CMP)Â is software which includes combines a set of features or modules which enable the management of different cloud environments. AsÂ Public, private and hybrid cloud cannot be all handled with a simple virtualization management console, hence CMP is the best solution for it.
CMP is a cloud management platform that provides management of cloud computing products andÂ services across multiple cloud infrastructures, including both public and private and hybrid cloud environments. CMP platform offers self-service interfaces, provision system images, enable metering and billing, and workload optimization through established policies.
Cloud Management Platform Capabilities:
- User Productivity and Ease of Use
- Access, Governance, and Compliance
- User Understanding & Cost Optimization
Below image shows, Cloud Management Components, and its Capabilities:
Main features of Cloud Management Platform:
- Single console for all clouds â€“ CMP can be considered as One Console for All Clouds, where we can manage public and private clouds and virtual and bare-metal servers in one consolidated view.
- Compute, Network, and Storage views â€“ As cloud provides compute, network, and storage services so CMP platform provides views for all these services which can be very easy to access.
- Resource management – CMP is having the ability to provide cloud resources visibility of virtual resources and on-demand services delivery also it gives access to status, usage, and cost control metrics, by department or application. Following are the capabilities which are needed to manage resources efficiently:
- Discovery of cloud resources for effective resource management
- Apply tags to cloud resources for effective management of resource
- Supports provisioning and de-provisioning of cloud resources
- Orchestration â€“ Automation needed to manage cloud resources
- Migration to reduce workload from private to public cloud
- Integrate with Chef, Puppet, Salt, Ansible – Integration is also one of the aspects of the cloud management platform. CMP directly integrates with and provides extensible support for popular configuration management technologies like Chef, Puppet, Salt, Ansible.
- Key management – Security features in a CMP include encryption management that extends to key management and certificates associated with encryption capabilities, role-based access control, user authentication and authorization against different identity providers, etc.
- Docker support – Docker containers and container orchestration tools are being deployed in both public cloud and on-premise infrastructure to speed development and increase cost-efficiency.
- Financial Management: The CMP platform needs to support access to IT systems, Automating rating, metering,Â billing systems, chargeback reports or invoicing of consumptions and third-party settlement processes are critical capabilities, etc. Thus, real-time analysis and reporting along with predictive analytics is required to contain cost
- Reports and Dashboards: Many cloud management platforms provide cost management dashboards that can monitor real-time resource consumption and provide cost modeling and metrics, visibility, and control over performance, availability, and capacity utilization. A granular view of cloud usage via interactive cost analytics dashboards and holistic recommendations helps to optimize the cloud cost.
OpenStack â€“ Cloud Management Platform:
Â There are many organizations that choose OpenStack for the next step in their cloud journey. Red Hat â€śOpenStackâ€ťÂ Platform is a cloud computing platform that virtualizes resources from industry-standard, organizes those resources into clouds, and manages them so users can easily access what they need and when they need it. This journey of transformation is marked by three main evolutive stages:
- Build a server virtualization environment for scale-up the workloads
- Extend the server virtualization environment with an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud for scale-out the workloads
- Unify enterprise-grade governance for both server virtualization and IaaS cloud environments
Many of the Compute, Storage, and networking and industry leaders have contributed code to OpenStack to enable their devices to work properly when called on by OpenStack.Â So, this makes it easier to provision a virtual server, associate some storage to that server, set up some networks and security configurations, regardless of the underlying, vendor-specific infrastructure.
Nowadays, Users are becoming more concerned about their data and online privacy. We can see the Cloud Management platform to satisfy both the parties with many tasks to be done simultaneously on larger projects and limited attention span and this is a very handy tool to establish priority and stay on top of what’s going on. Unlike users are given complete freedom to handle their data through CMP and as per analysis, 90% of the consumers gave consent to advertising purpose.
So, itâ€™s important to emphasize that the Cloud Management Platform is best for cloud applications.