Graeme O'driscoll
Graeme O'driscoll Head: Software Engineering

We all know the benefits of cloud – from greater flexibility and seamless collaboration to reduced costs and more advanced security.

But realising these benefits is not a given. Your experience in the cloud is only as strong as your approach to effectively monitoring and managing your cloud environment. Modern CIOs must adopt a structured approach when it comes to governing their information assets and the right cloud management platform can help them get this right.

A good cloud management platform empowers CIOs by providing them with meaningful and contextual information about their cloud environment so they can measure and monitor the performance of every cloud asset. But knowing what’s happening is useless if you can’t respond. With the right cloud management offering in place, you’ll have the necessary controls to act quickly if something goes wrong.

Here are just some examples of why a cloud management platform should form part of any solid enterprise IT strategy:

Cost clarity achieved: One of the greatest benefits of cloud – improved flexibility and scalability – is also one of the greatest downsides of cloud when it comes to cloud costs. Because cloud applications can be scaled up or down so easily, it can be quite difficult for CIOs to keep tabs on cloud expenditure and to forecast future costs effectively. But with the right management platform in place, you can use a single, unified interface to track your cloud infrastructure in near real time; managing usage and only assigning resources when and where necessary. And to ensure that you don’t blow your budget, CIOs can set up cost allocations for specific projects or departments.

Compliance simplified: With so many different moving parts producing infinite amounts of data, modern CIOs will be forgiven for finding compliance a little complicated. Enterprise-ready cloud management solutions offer the performance management features that businesses need to generate reports in real time. This means that compliance information is always available to whoever needs it, in real time.

Information secured: In line with the previous point, IT teams have to keep tabs on a vast amount of information. And if your business has multiple departments and different branches running different cloud applications, this information overload only gets worse. This can prove particularly dangerous when it comes to security. With effective cloud management practices in place, you will dramatically reduce the number of vulnerabilities that can expose your organisation to an attack from a malicious party.

SkyLight offers on-demand access to different local and global cloud service platforms, giving you all the options you need to build a virtual environment that meets and responds to the needs and demands of your business. If you want to find out more about SkyLight, here’s all the information you need. Or contact us if you’d like to chat to one of our experts.

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