Cloud computing is gaining traction with many companies, but many are unsure of how to manage cloud services, especially with public deployments. This storyboard will elaborate on how to plan, manage, and account for cloud services, and identify the key benefits of matching strategic resolutions to cloud risks, by helping you:
- Apply a governance layer using service tiers to simplify the planning process, maintain consistency, practice “just in time,” lean or agile provisioning, and ensure the right resources are being deployed for the appropriate use cases.
- Use tools built on service providers’ APIs to identify areas for cost savings and optimization (e.g. underutilized resources), including predictive analytics to forecast traffic fluctuations.
- Take advantage of granular metering to provide cost accounting (billing, chargebacks,“showbacks”) and tie usage to value, business units, strategic objectives, etc.
CIOs and managers must recognize that cloud services cannot be managed like rigid traditional deployments. People, policies, and procedures must be as agile and flexible as the services they intend to control.