All cloud management systems are extremely complex, and the components involved are vast. But you can usually break down the key components into an essential checklist to give you an idea of what's involved.
Moving to the cloud is already one of the best things you can do this year if you've been ambivalent about it for a while. It's become a true blessing to the business world having a consolidated and centralized database containing many business elements.
Many companies can now run their entire enterprise through the cloud thanks to different "as a service" platforms. Platform as a Service, Software as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service are just three features cloud management systems can contain.
But when looking for quality cloud management, you need to look at various other components that assure you'll get the best features for superior service and efficiency.
Here are ways to understand the key components of a cloud management system and how each work.
1. Taking a Look at Container-Based Virtualization
Many say container hosting is the future of the cloud, and it's already been praised highly over the last couple of years. It's also known as "operating system virtualization" because each virtualization layer runs as an application within your operating system. Isolated guest virtual machines run on top of the OS with the isolated guests known as "containers."
This helps because it lets you use the same operating system for each hardware call. As a result, you'll have faster performance thanks to your cloud host using one operating system. Additionally, containers can be easily deployed without dependency on any one operating system since deployment prerequisites are built within the container itself.
Hosting providers prefer containers because of the efficient ways it provides their customers to run their own services.SEE ALSO: What is PaaS?
2. Your Network
This is a major component in your cloud management system because it determines how reliable your cloud service is. Key things to look out for with your network service is whether it has redundancy and scalability capability.
The latter above is extremely important when your business has unexpected growth. You may need cloud features to help keep up, and how fast the network scales is critical when you have an influx of customers virtually overnight.
3. Storage Space
You may have just gone to enterprise level in your company, and that requires extra amounts of storage space. Again, scalability matters here and how fast it can grow to accommodate a barrage of data.
In many cases, you may want a cloud system that's slow to write data, yet fast to read as a more cost-effective method. Regardless, high-speed databases are available.
4. Monitoring Your System
The best cloud services have monitoring of your system around the clock to give you peace of mind about security. Many misconceptions have developed in recent years about security in the cloud, but all cloud management systems are as good as the monitoring they have.
When you have 24/7 monitoring from a dedicated team, you eliminate the stigma you've perhaps developed about hacking concerns. Monitoring also fixes technical problems remotely, sometimes without you even knowing.
5. Component Services
Any cloud system designed for the 21st century needs to provide "as a service" components to help give you numerous business options. Services like Platform as a Service (PaaS) lets you place all your hardware and software in the cloud to save you time and money on physical equipment in your office.
You should also look out for Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service, with the latter being the most comprehensive for having your business applications in the cloud.
Many providers even give you services like Storage-as-a-Service and Security-as-a-Service as starters.
Contact us to learn more about cloud management systems and all of its many components to take businesses to new plateaus.