What to Look for in a Multi-Cloud Management Solution

Not every cloud platform is ideal for every workload. That’s why the vast majority of organizations take advantage of multiple public and private cloud platforms and providers. Having a choice of clouds for various applications and services is great, but it also creates management challenges. Few organizations have the in-house personnel, expertise and resources to manage multiple clouds effectively.

One solution is to work with a single cloud service provider, which would simplify management and control costs but limit flexibility and choice. Another solution is to use an assortment of management tools from different vendors, which would create management silos, drive up costs, and make it virtually impossible to maintain visibility and enforce policies across all environments. Without an overarching cloud management platform, managing multiple cloud environments from multiple vendors is a nightmare.

A cloud management platform enables organizations to manage applications and data across public, private and hybrid cloud environments to maximize productivity, accelerate innovation and optimize cost. According to Gartner, minimum requirements for a cloud management platform include the ability to “incorporate self-service interfaces, provision system images, enable metering and billing, and provide for some degree of workload optimization through established policies.”

Certain core features are required to provide visibility into multiple cloud platforms and simplify management. These features include access controls, resource management, subscription management, self-service provisioning of cloud services, and rules-based guidance for asset placement. Analytics and reports provide insights into cloud service consumption, which allows organizations to optimize resource utilization and costs.

A cloud management platform should also support the integration of cloud environments with internal systems, including service delivery systems, identity and access management, enterprise resource planning, security and compliance monitoring, and automated management tools. Corporate data policies and governance should be applied across all cloud environments through a cloud management platform.

HPE recently introduced HPE OneSphere, the first Software-as-a-Service multi-cloud management solution for public and private clouds and software-defined infrastructure. OneSphere users access all cloud resources through a single portal, making it easier for IT operations, developers and executives to build clouds, roll out new applications, and quickly convert data into insights. With a pay-for-use subscription licensing model, organizations can start small and scale across multiple clouds as needed.

HPE OneSphere is an open solution that works with any public cloud provider, as well as virtual machines, containerized workloads and bare-metal applications. By delivering a unified experience, OneSphere streamlines DevOps and provides visibility and insights into all cloud environments. Multitenant, role-based workspaces, called Projects, can be used by users on all levels, from IT managers to business users to developers, data scientists and researchers.

Resources are quickly and dynamically provisioned across multiple clouds to shorten cycle times, boost productivity and reduce costs. OneSphere offers real-time, self-service cost reporting that can break down costs by cloud, site, line of business, application or subscriber.

Using numerous cloud management tools is not a viable option. Neither is limiting yourself to a single cloud vendor. Let us show you how HPE OneSphere consolidates and simplifies the management of multiple cloud infrastructures through a single solution.