Cloud Management Platform: How to Improve Multicloud Infrastructure Management

Cloud Management Platforms (CMP) are gaining momentum in response to the popularization of multiple clouds. These solutions can become indispensable for CIOs as software architectures become increasingly complex.

Multicloud is a reality for a large number, if not all, of French companies. Some make extensive use of IaaS and PaaS services to support their infrastructures, while some do not use one or more SaaS software.

Outsourcing from multiple cloud service providers is becoming increasingly common in large companies, notes Emmanuel Olivier Paul, founder of research firm AdVaes:
“Companies in CAC 40 and SBF 120 choose cloud providers according to specific perimeters, sometimes they have two to three preferred cloud providers for the infrastructure and many more if we include applications in SaaS mode. The advent of Edge Computing and IoT adds further complexity To this multi-cloud ecosystem that IT managers will have to manage.”

The latest global study by Vance Bourne, for Nutanix, showed that 91% of
1,700 companies surveyed have migrated to the cloud at least once in the past 12 months and that 64% will be in a multicloud approach within three years.

Operating multi-cloud platforms on a daily basis

The problem for CIOs now is to manage these services and in particular to monitor their real-time usage and associated consumption. For the analyst, the first topic to be addressed is the object of observation. A company must be able to discover and manage all the resources provided by its various business units with multiple cloud service providers, knowing that the lifetime of some resources can be transient.

Service publishers offer non-cloud-specific solutions to provide multi-cloud monitoring capability, including French-American publisher Datadog, which counts SCNF, Vivendi and Thalès among its customers.

Renaud Boutet – Senior Vice President, Product Management, Datadog

The solution integrates all major cloud providers: AWS, GCP, and Azure, as well as Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, and IBM.
Adds Renaud Boutet, Senior Vice President of Product Management, Datadog, “We also cover private cloud infrastructures that have close integration with monitoring systems or orchestration platforms, such as Red Hat Smart Virtualization, VMWare vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Nutanix , and OpenStack as well as container environments. »

Not all providers provide the same level of activity detail across their APIs, and it’s the publishers’ job to erase the complexity associated with this disparity. “Our customers are happy to say that monitoring their applications after migration to another cloud will be just as easy and provide the same quality of telemetry,” concludes Renaud Boutet. The publisher recently announced its intent to move towards “cloud cost management” and provide CIOs with a unified view of their expenditures.

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