Key Capabilities of a Cloud Management Platform:
The evaluation of a cloud management platform should be conducted within the context of your current and target operating environments, and with a clear view of your technical requirements and operational objectives.
- The platform should provide single-pane visibility over all your cloud accounts, and have reporting and analytics capabilities to support insights into cloud service usage patterns.
- It should enable administrators to monitor cloud-based services in order to assist with capacity planning, forecasting, and budgeting, workload deployments, performance and security.
- It should provide suitable tools for asset discovery, rightsizing, orchestration, and automation, and preferably support the migration of assets between public and private environments.
- Your chosen cloud management platform should offer the capability of automatically tracking cloud spend to specific users in order to generate chargeback and cost allocation reports.
- Administrators should be able to enforce policy-based controls on asset cost, asset performance, identity management, and other areas of operational governance.
- Your platform should utilize proactive policies to continuously monitor your cloud environment for vulnerabilities, as well as identify and alert you on technical, operational, and financial risks.