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Let’s admit one thing, cloud management is not an easy task. Any enterprise which has set foot on its cloud journey should have a clear strategy to ensure that the cloud adoption yields them the desired results. Of course, it demands deep expertise to deliver the goals and avoid potential risks. Managing and maintaining the cloud is a critical aspect of the cloud service model and presents several challenges that could lead to cloud adoption failure.

Most enterprises today expect to use multiple clouds now and in future. That, along with the use of off- and on-premises clouds, adds complexity to infrastructure management. There are certain best practices essential for efficient cloud management. We will take you through the five best practices recommended for efficient and effective cloud management.

Architect for Resiliency

You can achieve high availability easily in the cloud if you understand the nuances required to build HA using the cloud-native tools. The best way is to follow all best practices recommended by your cloud provider or engaging with a reputable partner. You should follow the guidelines throughout all stages of design, deployment, maintenance, and management.

One of the primary points in the best practices checklist is to avoid any single point of failure. Design for all the layers of your application. Cloud can give you the flexibility to scale up and scale out on the fly.

Monitor your Cloud

You should monitor your cloud services continuously, to ensure that the services are up and running. The cloud providers give you standard SLA for uptime of their infrastructure, however, it is important to understand that they do not ensure that your application or your server services will function at the same SLA. That has to be taken care of by you or your Managed Services Provider.

Cloud Management practices aimed at careful monitoring will also help you recognize and avert security threats before they spin out of control.

Automation: Set It and Forget It

Managing applications can involve a lot of repetitive tasks, especially for large and complex environments. The cloud is built to be programmatically managed through the APIs. A cloud management strategy must incorporate the automation of basic tasks. This can either be done using your own coding, or you can use industry-standard tools like Chef, Puppet, and Ansible. Other tools can be used to automate even your application deployment, right from code to production. Resource orchestration can reduce operational burdens and enable your teams to support ever-growing computing requirements.

Manage and Control Costs

Cloud makes it easy to consume infrastructure. Sometimes so easy that you end up consuming a lot more than you anticipated. Moreover, Cloud services are priced by the hour, which is not something that most organizations have ever measured accurately before. It becomes imperative to manage costs as sometimes it can go horribly wrong. An example can be a service that you fancied and tested in the cloud, but never decommissioned. A strategy to manage the costs and analysis of monthly billing is necessary which can be done by either a cloud spend management platform or by your service provider.

Cloud CoE – The MSP advantage

Organizations who understand the value of technology, invest in building a CoE to standardize best cloud management practices or outsources its cloud management practices to a Managed Service Provider (MSP). You moved your business to the cloud to focus less on IT, then why invest in another IT team for the cloud? This is where the managed service provider (MSP) can add the most value. The MSP can today help to reduce complexity, determine and clarify your cloud strategy, locate your workloads in the most appropriate place, manage the infrastructure, and so on. With the ability to leverage technical expertise on the go, this is the model that enterprises are increasingly adopting.

Cloud management can be challenging if you do not have a clear strategy. You should invest time and effort in understanding your business objectives and building a well-architected cloud. It is also important to plan for risks and threats, manage TCO and have the right expertise.

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