Top Five Features of a Multi-Cloud Management Platform

This is the first blog in our series on Multi-cloud Management. The rest can be found here:
Design Custom Cloud Solutions
Compare Cloud Solutions with Multi-Cloud Management Platforms
Multi-Cloud Management Platforms: Are you in Control of your Cloud?
Multi-Cloud Management Platforms: Monitor your Cloud

Every day, more and more organizations adopt cloud solutions to address their IT needs. Since every cloud provider has unique strengths and weaknesses, it is becoming increasingly common for businesses to implement a variety of cloud solutions from several different providers. While this custom-tailored approach is often the best way to meet infrastructure demands, many quickly discover that managing multiple cloud products from a number of different providers can be complex and time-consuming.

Cloud Services Brokerage Enablement

Because of these management challenges, a sector known as Cloud Services Brokerage (CSB) has emerged. CSBs have eliminated the burden on IT administrators of a company to manage cloud services from different vendors. Specialized CSB vendors like DoubleHorn offer a proven one-stop solution for all companies adopting cloud computing. Recently, some CSB vendors have started to offer self-managed enablement platforms which give users the power to manage their own cloud services from within a single interface. Enter the multi-cloud management platform.

Multi-Cloud Management Platform

A multi-cloud management platform is a SaaS (software-as-a-service) application that enables users to manage workloads and applications across all cloud deployment models (public, private, and hybrid). From purchasing new services to monitoring to billing, a multi-cloud management platform lets users manage all important functions of their different cloud services from a single, web-based interface. The right multi-cloud management (MCM) platform should cover the entire spectrum of cloud deployment and utilization through five primary features: design, compare, buy, monitor, and optimize costs.

MCM Platform Features

  • The design feature provides a guided approach to choosing the right cloud services for all common use cases. Users can easily specify their compliance, operating system, and other unique deployment needs. The platform will then identify the optimal cloud service model to meet the specified demands, as well as provide an architectural overview of what the cloud deployment will look like.
  • After identifying the best service architecture for their needs, users can leverage the compare feature to compare the pricing and performance of suitable service offerings from a variety of different providers.
  • Once a provider-specific solution is chosen, the buy feature enables users to immediately purchase and the provision that service all from within the platform.
  • The platform’s monitor feature provides a comprehensive dashboard for users to view all the information related to their different cloud services. Keep an eye on disk usage, CPU utilization, critical alerts and more with easy-to-digest visualizations and real-time metrics.
  • The optimize cost feature enables users to analyze the utilization patterns of their cloud services in order to identify excesses or shortcomings in service allotments. Infrastructure needs evolve over time and this feature allows organizations to quickly adapt to any changes, improving both customer satisfaction and budgetary control.

Learn More

Stay tuned to DoubleHorn social media channels in the following weeks for more in-depth explorations of each of the main MCM platform features and to learn about DoubleHorn’s own MCM platform, BetterClouds. DoubleHorn is dedicated to one enduring idea: Improving the world-changing power of Clouds. We’ll continue to fight for organizations who demand better prices, better coverage, better performance, better service, and Better Clouds. Reserve a complimentary cloud consultation today by contacting us at solutions@doublehorn.com or 855-61-VOICE (86423) to learn more.

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