What is a cloud management solution?

Cloud systems and data can be inefficient or indeed ineffective without a suitable cloud management solution in place. Entrants should outline any difficulties encountered with the interoperability of such systems and demonstrate how their cloud management solution optimizes this cloud infrastructure. Please also evidence any innovation and supply testimonials as appropriate.

A cloud management solution refers to a software platform or set of tools that enables organizations to manage and oversee their cloud computing resources and services. It provides a centralized interface and control panel for administrators and IT teams to monitor, provision, configure, optimize, and secure their cloud infrastructure, applications, and services.

Key features and capabilities of a cloud management solution typically include:

  • Infrastructure Management: The ability to manage and control virtualized resources, such as virtual machines, storage, networks, and containers, across multiple cloud providers or within a private cloud environment. This includes provisioning, scaling, and monitoring infrastructure resources.
  • Service Orchestration: The capability to automate and orchestrate the deployment, configuration, and management of cloud services and applications. It allows for the streamlined creation and management of complex cloud-based workflows and services.
  • Cost Optimization: Tools and analytics to optimize cloud resource usage, monitor costs, and enforce budgeting and cost control measures. It helps organizations optimize their cloud spending by identifying idle resources, rightsizing instances, and implementing cost-saving strategies.
  • Security and Compliance: Features to ensure the security and compliance of cloud resources and data. This includes identity and access management, encryption, vulnerability scanning, compliance monitoring, and governance policies to adhere to industry regulations and best practices.

A robust cloud management solution helps organizations efficiently and effectively manage their cloud infrastructure, resources, and applications. It simplifies cloud operations, enhances security and compliance, optimizes costs, and enables agility and scalability in the cloud environment.

Previous recognition for Cloud Management Solution of the Year

For a broader understanding of this Cloud Awards category, we have gathered examples from previous winners, finalists, and shortlistees which impressed the judging team with their innovative cloud management solutions.

Winner of The Cloud Awards 2022-2023 for the Cloud Management Solution of the Year

Lead Judge Annabelle Whittall, said:

The Cloud Awards Judges were most impressed to see that Apptio Cloudability eliminates the need for manual cost management. Cloudability ingests cloud bill data and intelligently organizes it, automatically tagging costs by business unit, product, or application for simplified allocation. It produces easy-to-use dashboards that can be shared and monitored across the business. We loved to see Cloudability Leveraging machine learning to make automated recommendations which mitigate waste. Well done, Cloudability! 

Winner of The Cloud Awards 2021-2022 for the Cloud Management Solution of the Year

Lead Judge James Williams, said:

We at the Cloud Awards were impressed not only by Veeam’s features, but its simplicity of
deployments, without requiring deep expertise or complex calculations to architect infrastructure or set up features. Its value in combating ransomware in the pandemic has been significant.”

Shortlistee of The Cloud Awards 2021-2022 for the Cloud Management Solution of the Year
CloudCheckr’s solution offers detailed insights into cloud costs, enabling organizations to optimize spending and maximize return on investment. It provides cost allocation, budgeting, and forecasting features, as well as recommendations for cost-saving opportunities.

CloudCheckr helps organizations maintain governance and compliance by providing continuous monitoring, security checks, and compliance reporting. It helps enforce security best practices, identifies vulnerabilities, and ensures adherence to regulatory standards.

Finalist of The Cloud Awards 2022-2023 for the Cloud Management Solution of the Year

Couchbase – Capella’s solution offers automated provisioning and orchestration capabilities, enabling organizations to streamline the deployment and management of cloud resources. This allows for automated scaling, configuration, and deployment of applications and services.

Their solution provides comprehensive performance monitoring and optimization features.

A strong entry for the Cloud Management Solution of the Year category should have:

  • Performance Monitoring: Real-time monitoring and reporting of cloud resource performance and availability. It provides insights into resource utilization, application performance, and overall system health, allowing for proactive monitoring and issue resolution.
  • Multi-Cloud Management: The ability to manage resources and workloads across multiple cloud providers or hybrid cloud environments. It provides a unified view and control of resources, simplifying management and reducing complexity in multi-cloud deployments.
  • Automation and DevOps Integration: Integration with automation and DevOps tools and practices to enable continuous integration, delivery, and deployment (CI/CD). It allows for the automation of deployment pipelines, infrastructure provisioning, and application lifecycle management.
  • Governance and Policy Management: Tools to define and enforce governance policies, compliance rules, and operational best practices across cloud resources. It ensures adherence to organizational policies and standards.
  • Reporting and Analytics: Reporting and analytics capabilities to provide insights into cloud resource utilization, performance, and costs. It enables data-driven decision-making, capacity planning, and optimization strategies.
  • Self-Service Portal: A user-friendly interface or portal that allows end-users to self-provision resources, manage applications, and access cloud services. It empowers users with self-service capabilities while maintaining control and governance.

Overall, a strong entry for the Best Cloud Management Solution category should provide comprehensive, efficient, and secure management capabilities while delivering value in terms of scalability, optimization, cost management, and support. It should empower organizations to effectively manage their cloud resources, enhance operational efficiency, and enable smooth cloud operations.

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