Cloud provisioning & monitoring

Cloud provisioning and monitoring software is fast becoming essential for enterprises in a world where everything must be done faster and more efficiently and few companies have time to sort out human error

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Cloud provisioning & monitoring
By  Georgina Enzer Published  March 20, 2013

Cloud provisioning and monitoring software is fast becoming essential for enterprises in a world where everything must be done faster and more efficiently and few companies have time to sort out human error. Regional cloud software experts explain what monitoring and provisioning software does and how they benefit the enterprise.

Both cloud monitoring and provisioning is becoming a growing interest for businesses as they realise the benefits of having their cloud managed and automated through the implementation of cloud provisioning. From oil and gas, banking and finance to other large enterprises who have complex infrastructures, businesses want to know how you can integrate both monitoring and provisioning onto essentially one dashboard so that the cloud can be easily managed at a glance.

In Europe, Asia Pacific and in the US there is quite a lot of take up in cloud and cloud adoption, be that private and public. The challenges cloud-enabled enterprises face are around performance, and security and capacity planning and how they make that work in the cloud. The answer is cloud monitoring and provisioning software.

While cloud monitoring and provisioning software is popular in countries with more mature cloud adoption, it remains a fairly new technology in the Middle East region, with a currently slow uptake, despite the obvious business benefits.

“Cloud monitoring beyond basic server metrics is still a new concept to many customers in the region, provisioning is beginning to gain traction now with more organisations introducing cloud service technology as a means to improve capabilities, particularly in the Small to Medium business sector. A key concern revolves around security and data access but companies are becoming more open to the idea of cloud-based hosting as a means to increase service capacity whilst reducing operating costs,” explains Peter Job, founder and CEO of IT optimisation and cloud implementation expert Intergence.

Cloud provisioning
Cloud provisioning is the ability to automate the entire cloud provisioning process, allowing for quicker and more efficient application and server deployment.

Automated cloud provisioning provides the ability for enterprises to provision systems without the long and error prone manual process used in non-automated environments. IT resources in a pool are automatically allocated on demand and IT resources and system running status are monitored automatically. System faults and potential risks are reported in real time and rectified or cleared automatically.

This enhances the service system reliability. The system automatically allocates and dynamically adjust IT resources based on the resource allocation policy. Cloud provisioning solutions show the status, configuration, availability and general health of clouds in snapshot views, simplifying complex operations.

“As an enterprise or government entity moves into the cloud [private, public or hybrid cloud], they face various challenges and must make decisions to determine the level of resource requirement. Cloud provisioning enables this to happen automatically without any human intervention,” explains Amit Mathur, Cloud Solutions manager of ICT solutions provider Huawei Enterprise, UAE.

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