Posted on September 17, 2021.

The cloud is constantly evolving. Private, public, hybrid, multi-cloud, moving workloads from on-prem to cloud, and the myriad of tools available—without help in the form of technology and expertise, utilizing cloud services can be overwhelming.

With that in mind, enterprises must consider the kind of platforms and services that will make using the cloud easier. Requirements should include making accessing resources from the cloud simplified for both end users, such as developers, and your IT operations teams. This is where a cloud management platform enters the picture.

Why use a cloud management platform (CMP)?

Here are five reasons why organizations use cloud management platforms, and why you should consider one of you aren’t already:

1. Flexibility. A CMP allows organizations to provision what the customer needs on-demand. This could be computing power, disk space, and network/configuration. Customers get to control what they need via self-provisioning and self-service IT capabilities. This helps avoid costly resource sprawls.

2. Quick Time to Delivery. A CMP delivers orchestrated, self-service provisioning that makes it possible to deliver resources to customers instantly.

3. Cost Transparency. In a multi-cloud and hybrid cloud setup, a CMP helps to synchronize costs from various clouds. Enterprises can visualize, track, and manage cloud costs easily.

4. Faster ROI. Enterprises can save money while introducing new revenue streams. This is because of the agility and rapid response introduced by CMPs into their cloud environments.

5. Granular visibility and control over resources. Cloud management systems give IT full visibility into all deployed cloud environments. They can use metering to control how customers use bandwidth, disk I/O, and networks. This makes it possible to charge them for what they’re using.

The benefits of a CMP are particularly obvious in a multi-cloud model. When the number of services an enterprise uses exceeds the capacity to manage them effectively, then a CMP is necessary.

The actual point at which the CMP comes into play will vary from one enterprise to the other. You need to look out for the signs that your enterprise is ready for a CMP. You’re likely to experience extended development times because of multi-cloud complexity, increased risk of a security breach, and performance complaints.

Our partner CloudBolt Software offers a CMP that was recently recognized as a Representative Vendor in the 2021 Gartner Market Guide for Cloud Management Tooling. Contact your Sanity Solutions account manager to learn more about CloudBolt and what a CMP can provide your enterprise.