Optimizing increasing workloads has become the priority of every organization today, as they have shifted from traditional storage systems to the cloud. The management of different workloads – be it private, public or hybrid does require a well-implemented cloud management strategy. However, popular cloud service providers like AWS cloud services, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Office 365 cloud are providing affordable service plans, so any size of business can have the advantage of cloud services.
However, to implement a successful cloud management strategy, organizations should have an understanding of cloud architecture. Each organization must need a business-driven decision framework and a cloud management architecture that can meet their business requirements or use-cases. To develop such a strategy, they also need to take care of each cloud policy.
In this blog, we’ve covered all possible strategies for cloud adoption and management.
The Importance of Cloud Management Strategy:
Cloud Management Strategy proposes the biggest benefits to the organizations in areas like:
Competitive Benefit with Cost Effectiveness:
Each cloud service platform supports a unique approach. With a focused cloud management strategy, it becomes a lot easier to choose required services like integration, compliance, and functionalities as per their planned budget and get maximum benefits.
While using an on-premise working system or a single cloud approach, an organization might face outage situations in the long run. However, by using a Multi-Cloud strategy, organizations can divide app controls over different environments and avoid such risks.
No Vendor Lock-Ins:
The vendor lock-in situation is like a devil in a cloud management environment. If developers are using a single cloud to host their application, and they face technical issues after some time they would want to move on to another cloud platform. However, the repetitive, time-consuming, and costly refactoring processes create obstacles in their path and generate vendor lock-in situation.
By using a cloud management strategy organization may avoid vendor lock-in situations by choosing the right cloud environment or multi-cloud system.
Cloud Architecture Requirements:
With so many cloud service platforms available today, choosing the right one might get tricky. To get the maximum benefits from the cloud services it is important to compare key features, tools, applications, and database services of all cloud vendors.
The reason behind such functionalities is clear standards defined by Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), plus such standards are followed by all cloud vendors which ensures that moving an application from one cloud to another cloud environment can get done smoothly at any time.
A Multi-Cloud architecture comprises three basic requirements:
Foundational Resources comprises Compute, Network, Security, and Storage hardware elements
Manage workloads comprises virtual machines, workload lifecycle frameworks (OpenStack, Kubernetes), and containers
Service Consumption uses to construct IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS by decoupling them using applications and APIs
An organization has to design its own application stack, to make all these requirements working together as one system. When organizations are working on a large scale, they need a proper strategy to implement end-to-end features offered by cloud vendors like AWS cloud services, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Office 365 cloud.
Top-4 Functional Objectives for Deployment and Ongoing Management:
If an application is not deployed and published with proper planning, it might create a negative impression on the users. Because once the application is deployed it is going to work as it is designed so either it creates a positive or negative review.
Hence, it becomes necessary to follow mentioned functional objectives to deploy applications to work efficiently:
Development & Testing:
In a usual scenario, when developers are developing a cloud-based application they have two choices for testing:
- Either to use a private infrastructure or
- To use low-cost public cloud infrastructure
If the organization plans a strategy for application development, they have two choices for testing:
- Either to use a public cloud that has multi-region capabilities or
- To use a private cloud that offers data visualization and storing data on third-party storage
A planned strategy also makes it easier for large-scale project development and testing.
A cloud strategy is called great when it is able to extract and unify application functions with distinct and cooperative components of the IT environment. Multi-Cloud is said to be coordinated if it runs private, public, and hybrid cloud environments as a single and cooperative body. Most of the cloud platform provides an automated process to compute, network, storage, security resources with a proper abstraction of applications and their database systems.
Real-Time Capacity Increases:
To achieve the expected workloads of applications efficiently, the developer needs to expand the cloud platform to a hybrid cloud environment by installing some additional compute or storage facility. That can also be said as the multi-cloud resource utilization.
The multi-Cloud platform provides a better opportunity to divide storage systems for different vendors and plans data redundant policies to manage data and overcome the risks like systems downtime and data loss. It also provides data confidentiality management for not disclosing unnecessary data of one vendor to another vendor.
Cloud Management Strategy provides flexibility, cost-effectiveness, time effectiveness, and scalability. A perfect cloud strategy needs a proper listing of implementation requirements to establish better team coordination. Such a strategy makes a positive impact on an entire business model.
A cloud strategy implementation is not an easy task; it takes continuous testing & monitoring of applications to meet the cloud infrastructural performance requirements of organizations. At Cloudstakes Technology Pvt Ltd, an experienced team of cloud engineers will provide the best cloud management strategy that meets business needs.