Policies Only Get You So Far: Why Measurement is Key to Successful Cloud Management
Last month, Cloud Computing Journal shared “Anxious About Cloud Management?” which discussed the idea that if businesses can implement policies to run a successful organization, then why not do the same for the cloud environment?
“By employing a policy-driven approach, cloud management becomes a lot easier. For many, this becomes as simple as receiving notifications that proactively alert you when an asset or activity is out of compliance, granting you more time to focus on key aspects of your products and services that require attention. Defining policies for your cloud operation can ensure consistent implementation and optimal resource utilization across the organization.”
However, while policies are great for ensuring the cloud is up and running, what companies really need is a mastermeasurement in order to ensure their cloud is running efficiently and that they’re getting the service levels they need and pay for. But many companies do not have the tools in place to do so, or know that they need to. In fact, one ZDNet article puts it like this:
“The paradox arises because industry executives know that cloud computing will impact their business, but are not yet prepared to handle that impact and, in many cases, don’t yet know how to measure it.”
There are a number of reasons cloud performance measurement has been difficult in the past. This is because different cloud architectures and app configurations make relative performance difficult to compare across different cloud architectures and until now there has been no common methodology to measure cloud capabilities.
Furthermore, past infrastructures have allowed for lifecycle service management, but that has not existed for the cloud, until now.
Our CloudQoS™ debuted in March to help companies manage current performance and to ensure ongoing high levels of platform performance, giving customers the data needed to help master their environment through planning, designing, running and optimizing with confidence.
The CloudQoS platform performance management service measures 80 different performance metrics providing data to help with the following decisions: choosing a cloud service, auditing existing cloud services, adjusting the cloud vendor mix and measuring private cloud performance.
CloudQoS captures actual workload demand and continuously measures how well it is met by any platform and provides new visibility into the performance of your own hosting environment.
CloudQoS is also comprised of the Platform QoSAgent™ (pQoS™) software that allows a company to simulate its application workload in all cloud environments to provide real user-experience data that can be used in a performance comparison.
While IT has traditionally relied on input-based measurement, to truly understand the cloud environment, what is needed is an outcome-based measurement, which is delivered through CloudQoS. An outcome-based measurement is the only tool that can truly provide visibility into your platform performance. Without measurement – what do you base your policies off of?
So, stop wondering whether you’re overpaying or whether you’re getting the service levels you signed up for – find out how CloudQoS can help you measure your cloud performance for your most efficient cloud experience and register for a CloudQoS demo today – https://service.krystallize.com/signup/createaccount.