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How to efficiently manage the cloud?

When we talk about the cloud, we also need to talk about management. Cloud computing is now a trend for those benefits that the corporate world is now looking into. To achieve those, it is essential to have an expert partner by your side, and the appropriate technology to manage cloud resources in a comprehensive manner: governance, security and backup. Having a complete view of the “Cloud Health”.

IDC estimates that cloud in Latin America will grow 30.4% by 2023, while for Chile, this figure is expected to be close to the regional average, with a growth rate of around 29,7% for cloud services.

Cloud is here to stay, even more so in the context of the pandemic… Today we see that it is growing and will continue to do so, but how can we manage it efficiently?

First we need to define what cloud management is. When talking about cloud management, we talk about control over the resources and services of the cloud infrastructure, whether it is public, private, hybrid or multi-cloud. For organizations, this is a highly relevant task, so being able to address it properly is essential. “A well-designed cloud management strategy can help IT professionals control their dynamic and scalable computing environments,” explains Fernando Carrillo, Cloud Leader at Anida Latam.

When managing the cloud, companies face multiple challenges that they must be overcome for the cloud to bring its expected benefits. Our specialist names the following as the most important benefits:

  • Lack of visibility of resources.
  • Various threats that appear every day.
  • Inability to enforce consistent policies.
  • Incorrect settings.
  • Slow security processes.

Proper management

Properly managing the cloud can help organizations achieve key objectives in their day-to-day activities, making their cloud operations simple, which is in fact one of the benefits that migrating to this environment promises.

Another is self-service, that is, the flexibility that is achieved when IT professionals access cloud resources, create new ones, monitor their use and cost, and adjust the allocations made of these resources.

In addition, he adds, “it is also possible to achieve workflow automation, which allows operations teams to manage cloud instances without human intervention.” “A third goal is cloud analytics, which helps track workloads and user experiences,” he explains.

Undoubtedly, there are also different reasons why proper cloud management contributes to the efficiency of organizations. Anida Latam specialist lists some of them:

  • Distributed work is easier, as it allows teams to work anywhere with an Internet connection, facilitating greater collaboration and flexibility, regardless of whether they are at home, in an office or on the move. That is, it ensures teams can continue to work together regardless of their location.
  • A cloud environment allows the integration of systems with an agile and fast 360º vision, since all the systems are compatible and integrated with each other, by sharing common technology.
  • Properly implemented cloud systems offer huge potential for cost savings and increased team productivity.

Well, all of this can be achieved, but, as we said, it is essential to have adequate cloud management to do it. Otherwise, organizations may face various problems, which are not simple, such as lack of cost control, which may substantially exceed original expectations; little self-provisioning capacity and therefore greater dependence when it comes to expanding resources; environments not synchronized with security policies; lack of performance visibility, etc.

That’s when “expert hands” are required. “For companies it is seamless to entrust this task to a third party that has the required knowledge to make the most potential of the cloud, allowing the organization to benefit from its advantages,” explains the professional, who lists the advantages of trusting cloud management to an expert:

  • A service aligned to best practices; companies dedicated to cloud support are specialized in these services.
  • Access to high-level infrastructure; specialized service providers usually have a broader scope already established from which various advantages can be obtained.
  • Extended coverage with a 24×7 support service.
  • By having an outsourced service, the metrics, SLAs, KPIs, etc., are the responsibility of the provider.

“Some providers address cloud management in a comprehensive way, which means much more than just providing operational continuity and resource management, it requires applying governance, security and backup (Cloud Governance, Cloud Security and Cloud Savings). Those providers are key. Delegating an organization’s cloud management to them is having the complete package of services that will give you the best experience with the cloud. The concept of “cloud health” is fundamental here, and it aims to offer users the ability to govern, visualize, optimize and automate the cloud comprehensively”, emphasizes the Anida Latam specialist.

“By applying from the beginning this perspective focused on the ‘health of the cloud’ that considers a management report that allows to know what that state is, by interacting with the user and by looking for improvements to be constant throughout the service, it is possible to apply all these concepts to improve the operation, regardless of the type of cloud, which is ultimately what the company requires”, concludes the Cloud Leader.

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