What Is a Cloud Management Platform

With the advent of clouds, many companies faced the choice of what to choose: public or private cloud? The public cloud was attracted by the convenience of using cloud resources according to the service model; the personal cloud guaranteed the preservation of the usual level of security. These models were considered alternative, and no one had the idea of combining the incompatible.

However, the requirements of corporate users who wanted both system scalability and “transparency” when working with them and did not want to figure out where the data is located or the application is running led to the emergence of hybrid systems that make it possible to simultaneously work with both types of clouds. And with its own corporate IT infrastructure.

Hybrid clouds – “three in one.” And even more than three

Today, hybrid clouds are the main direction in developing corporate IT systems. They provide users with a single virtual environment that combines local and cloud services (including different types and from other providers) and resources and meets the required (from the point of view of customers) level of service and management flexibility.

The transition to hybrid clouds has removed many issues that have been a point of contention between public and private clouds fans. Thanks to the use of modern control systems, the new architecture solves many problems associated with, for example, data security. This guarantees their confidentiality and allows you to get a compromise solution that meets the requirements of regulators for the storage and processing of, for example, personal data.

The hybrid cloud model also provides excellent scalability and efficiency, reducing operating costs. Enterprise IT departments have a complete set of tools to run a private cloud out of the box, support containerization mechanisms and workload orchestration, apply various management policies, interoperability with the Internet of things, and tools for analytical evaluation of costs in the cloud and their optimization. You also have a lot of flexibility in choosing a deployment model for your own and third-party services.

Cloud Management Market

Suppose Flexera’s research provides a qualitative assessment of the hybrid cloud market. In that case, analytical companies are now looking for criteria by which it would be possible to assess its dynamics until they come to a consensus accurately.

It is necessary to clarify an important feature characteristic of the current stage of development of cloud computing. A year and a half ago, there was a heated debate about dividing the market into two segments: multi-cloud and hybrid cloud systems.

The first involved connecting clouds of the same type in order to select the optimal configuration of cloud solutions from different vendors to meet performance and cost requirements. The second is the simultaneous use of both public and private clouds to take advantage of both benefits.

Advances in cloud management tools have taken the heat off the discussion; now, if necessary, you can use the clouds in any combination.