What is a Cloud Management Platform?
A Cloud Management Platform is a specific area of tooling that compares very well with Rocket Software’s existing product palette. Therefore I thought I write a bit explaining what it is and what it does. The term Cloud Management Platform (CMP) is being used extensively by Gartner (who may well have defined the term).
Cloud management platforms are integrated products that provide for the management of public, private and hybrid cloud environments. The minimum requirements to be included in this category are products that incorporate self-service interfaces, provision system images, enable metering and billing, and provide for some degree of workload optimization through established policies. More-advanced offerings may also integrate with external enterprise management systems, include service catalogs, support the configuration of storage and network resources, allow for enhanced resource management via service governors and provide advanced monitoring for improved “guest” performance and availability.
CMP shares much with data center management tools. However CMP components are much more integrated and provide additional capabilities such as process automation/orchestration and self-service components.
Gartner breaks down the capabilities of CMP into the following components:
- Self Service Provisioning
- Service Catalog
- Chargeback processing
- Capacity Management
- Performance Management
- Configuration and change Management
- Life Cycle Management
- External cloud Connection
What is not included in CMP are:
- Identity and Access Management (IAM)
- Enterprise Service Management
- The Virtual Infrastructure (Hypervisors)
- The Physical Infrastructure
If you enjoyed this post, read the next entry in this series: Cloud Management: Self-Service Provisioning.
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