Managing your cloud resources requires sophisticated solutions targeted at telcos and service providers. But often these cloud management solutions are not fit for purpose for a commercial provider of cloud services. There are a number of reasons you may need cloud orchestration and benefits you’ll receive from this. But there are also a number of added benefits that you might not be receiving from your cloud management solution. Here are a few to consider:
- Metering and Billing – Do you have a full-featured, integrated billing system to provide a complete solution depending on a company’s existing capabilities up to and including measurement, rating, invoice line generation, invoice generation and credit card collection facilities if required?
- Widget plugins – Can you create configurable custom widgets that can be made available to end-users for consumption?
- Intelligent workload placement – Is your workload placement intelligent and application aware? Can you ensure workloads are placed near to or far from, other workloads or particular groups of computer nodes for resiliency or performance reasons?
- Heterogeneous support – Can your cloud management solution easily manage whatever storage, network, servers, hypervisor, currency or language you desire, and frequently more than one at the same time?
- Role-based access control – Does your cloud management solution allow access control to match your business model? By supporting multiple users and groups within each customer account, can you allow different groups of users access to different sets of resources securely?
- Private IP address space management – Do you have the ability for end customers to self-serve management tools that help them to distribute and assign IP addresses?
If your current solution lacks some of these capabilities, you might be missing a trick. Without cloud orchestration that is fit for purpose, most service providers will not be able to deliver the full benefits of the cloud. And if customers don’t feel that they are benefiting, they’ll easily skip to a giant like AWS, Google or Microsoft or a like-for-like competitor.
Ensure your cloud management solution offers faster, self-service provisioning and instant access to more network capacity that gives immediate control to build and monitor cloud services will only improve a business. By utilizing cloud orchestration, service providers will arm themselves to compete on the cloud battleground. With cloud orchestration, differentiation and innovation becomes possible. The result? New lines of revenue and business growth.
Download our whitepaper on the reasons you need cloud orchestration for more information.