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    The Best Advice You Could Get About Cloud Management

    November 4, 2015

    By Wyndham Sellers

    Why managing your company’s use of the cloud can be harder than you might have guessed.

    It will come as no surprise to IT experts that cloud computing has become practically essential for improving any given company’s online performance. One of the cloud’s biggest advantages is that it allows businesses to tailor their network usage to their exact needs. But with all that customizability and choice comes complexity, making capacity management (defined here by Investopedia) an even more crucial and difficult task.

    If managed properly, cloud servers can be hugely helpful in avoiding slowdowns and outages during peak usage hours. But even experts are guilty of misunderstanding how to best utilize the cloud’s strengths, and these misunderstandings often lead to drastic over-spending. Here, we give you the tools you need to fully harness the power of the cloud.

    Mysteries of the Cloud

    Your company’s usage of cloud servers is determined by several factors. To effectively channel its resources, you will need to accurately predict your general workload needs and have an awareness of your IT infrastructure's capacity. While many cloud management platforms will tell you that simply adding more computers will prevent your services from maxing out, the truth is that an excess of servers can actually rob your company of capacity.

    Instead, companies should take a disciplined approach and predict exactly what level of demand would cause their systems to crash, so that they don’t have to incur an outage before they add bandwidth or unneeded cloud environments. One problem is that many companies treat cloud management as an activity altogether separate from their regular IT services  it should, in fact, be fully integrated, as cloud usage contributes to the same network functionality as the rest of your infrastructure.

    The importance of active analysis and prediction cannot be stressed enough. IT service optimization always relies on a strict adherence to capacity management  forget that, and you could end up massively overspending. At the same time, your needs may fluctuate on a monthly or annual basis, and readjustments must be made to maximize your cloud efficiency.

    Cloud providers will be happy to allow you to purchase as many cloud instances as you need in order to prevent a future outage, but what they won’t tell you is that your bill may triple because of it. There are a few differences between mainframe capacity management and the management of cloud instances, but they both require agile, proactive decision-making if you’re to get the most out of your IT infrastructure and budget.

    Cloud Confidently

    The multifaceted nature of the cloud can make it unwieldy for less-experienced IT programs. With all the budgetary, logistical, and technical issues to be aware of, it’s hard be sure that you’re managing your company’s network as well as you could be. Luckily, TeamQuest can help your business build and optimize its cloud capacity, regardless of what your infrastructure looks like.

    By using a single toolset to analyze both performance and capacity management, TeamQuest will allow you to access the best of the cloud without racking up a frighteningly steep bill. Our tools will enable your IT department to improve its pre-existing strengths, and can help you turn your network into a high-functioning system without enlisting countless unneeded computers.

    (Main image credit: Tom Raftery/flickr)

    Category: cloud-computing