Cloud computing

What is cloud management?

Cloud management is how admins have control over everything that operates in a cloud: the users, data, applications, and services. Cloud management tools help admins oversee all types of cloud activities, such as resource deployment, use tracking, data integration, and even disaster recovery. Cloud management tools provide administrative control over the infrastructure, platforms, applications, and data that—together—create a cloud.

How does cloud management work?

Cloud management software is typically deployed into existing cloud environments as a virtual machine (VM) that contains a database and a server. The server communicates with application programming interfaces (APIs) to connect the database and the virtual resources holding up the cloud. The database collects information on how the virtual infrastructure is performing and sends analyses to a web interface where cloud admins can visualize cloud performance. Admins can also relay commands back to the cloud, which are carried out by the virtual server.

All that interconnectivity relies on perhaps the most overlooked technology of all: the operating system. The operating system not only commands all the different technologies that make up clouds, but it also deploys your cloud management tools. That operating system needs to work with whatever cloud you use—no matter how unique it is—which is why many cloud-based operating systems are open source, like Linux®.

Cloud management is not cloud computing

Clouds provide the rules and cloud management carries them out. Clouds are pools of virtual resources, storage, applications, and services that are managed by software so the resources can be accessed on demand. Cloud management is a combination of software, automation, policies, governance, and people that determine how those cloud computing services are made available.

What a cloud management platform should do

Cloud management platforms must be customized to your needs: they must meet the requirements of the operating systems, apps, storage frameworks, and whatever else is running in the cloud.

Automation should remove humans from everyday tasks. Automation is integral to everything that cloud computing can do, and therefore self-service capabilities are vital to any cloud management platform.

It’s easy to use cloud services, so it’s very easy to use more than you can afford. A cloud management platform should provide accurate cost forecasting and reporting.

Like the resources, data, and processing power of your cloud, your cloud management tools should be accessible by the admin regardless of where he or she physically is.

By necessity, an enterprise’s future is filled with all types of clouds: private, public, and hybrid. Every cloud management platform should be able to support all 3 types of clouds smoothly and securely.

This seems like a gimmie, but self-service capabilities are vital to any cloud management platform. It should maintain control over everything, while policies guide user access to resources, configurations, and capacity.

Why Red Hat

The cloud is here to stay. But as cloud computing needs change, users will adapt, as should the cloud management tools. Whether you operate across a single or multiple cloud environments, effective management makes all the difference. Our open source multicloud management platform offers a consistent way to track cloud costs, control resource allocation, and ensure compliance. It’s also designed to run the the leading open source IT automation playbooks natively, letting you standardize the cloud experience using a unified automation language.

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Red Hat Cloudforms

An infrastructure management platform that allows IT departments to control users’ self-service abilities to provision, manage, and ensure compliance across virtual machines and private clouds.

Red Hat Ansible Automation

Automate cloud management by defining a wide range of policies and processes with no coding or scripting required.

There's so much more to do with the cloud