Cloud Management Platform: how to optimize the management of a multicloud infrastructure

Cloud management platforms (CMPs) are gaining momentum to respond to the generalization of multicloud. These solutions can be indispensable to CIOs as software architectures become increasingly complex.

T he multicloud is a reality for a large number of French companies, if not all of them. Some take full advantage of IaaS and PaaS services to support their infrastructures, while few do not use one or more SaaS software.

Acquisition from several cloud providers has become more common in large companies, as Emmanuelle Olivié-Paul, founder of research firm AdVaes points out:
“Companies in CAC 40 and SBF 120 choose their cloud service providers according to specific perimeters and sometimes they have two to three preferred cloud providers for infrastructure and more if we integrate applications in SaaS mode … The advent of Edge Computing and the IoT adds a bit of complexity to this multicloud ecosystem that CIOs have to manage. »

Vance Bourne’s latest global study, for Nutanix, showed that 91% of
1,700 companies surveyed have migrated to the cloud at least once in the past twelve months and that 64% have been on the multicloud strategy for three years.

Run multicloud platforms every day

The problem now of CIOs is to manage these services and especially to have real-time monitoring of their usage and the associated consumption. For the analyst, the first topic to be treated is observation. The company must be able to discover and manage all the resources provided by its various business units with multiple cloud providers, knowing that the duration of some particular resources can be short -lived.

Service publishers offer cloud service agnostic solutions to provide this multicloud observability, with Franco-American publisher Datadog, which counts SCNF, Vivendi and Thalès among its customers.

Renaud Boutet – SVP Product Management at Datadog

The solution integrates all major cloud providers: AWS, GCP and Azure, but also Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud and IBM.
Renaud Boutet, SVP Product Management, added to Datadog, “We also cover private cloud infrastructures with tight integration with hypervisor or orchestration platforms, such as Red Hat Smart Virtualization, VMWare vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix, OpenStack as well as containerized environments. »

Not all providers deliver the same level of activity details through their APIs and the job of publishers is to erase the complexity linked to this heterogeneity. “Our customers are happy to say that tracking their applications after moving to another cloud will be just as easy and will provide the same quality of telemetry”, concludes Renaud Boutet. The publisher recently announced its intention to move toward “cloud cost management” and offer CIOs an integrated view of their costs.

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