Enterprise Cloud Management
Enterprise Cloud Management refers to the execution of the requisite tasks associated with the establishment and delivery of enterprise cloud services. Whether an organization has a need to manage a private cloud or a hybrid cloud, it will need to employ cloud management tools to facilitate the management of its enterprise cloud resources. Enterprise Cloud Management tools provide a platform and interface for centralized administrative control over enterprise cloud service delivery. An enterprise can effectively manage internal and external cloud resources (i.e. its global infrastructure), including virtualized resources and business policies deployed to the enterprise cloud, using enterprise cloud management tools. Enterprise Cloud Management facilitates increased IT efficiency and cost savings for the enterprise, in a variety of ways, as follows:
- Cloud management tools allow organizations to easily establish and change automation rules for their entire enterprise cloud resource pool, resulting in a more efficient and cost effective utilization of IT resources.
- Cloud management tools may be used to deliver Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) thereby enabling provisioning and configuration of IT resources on demand. Moving to a self-service or automated model of delivery for many IT services can eliminate a variety of time consuming and repetitive administrative IT tasks, allowing IT personnel to focus their energy on higher level IT concerns. Enterprise cloud management tools can also be leveraged to deliver data security services on demand, including password recovery assistance, etc.
- Enterprise Cloud Management tools can facilitate increased IT efficiency through the availability of web service management tools. Such tools provide an interface to a centralized repository of all available web services that exist in an enterprise cloud. IT administrators can easily track web service dependencies and web service versions to more efficiently handle configuration and change management tasks within the enterprise cloud computing environment.
- Enterprise Cloud Management tools also provide a capacity to automate IT auditing tasks that may be required for operational compliance with industry regulatory agencies. Organizations can use cloud management tools to automate IT audit processing based on various data access events, which reduces the need for manual IT monitoring of processes, applications and data for audit purposes. The potential economic benefit to an enterprise can be huge, since compliance failures can lead the the incursion of massive fines or legal expenses to defend an enterprise against lawsuits for data breeches, etc.