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June 2017, Vol. 6, No. 6

Cloud systems management the next big challenge for IT pros

Companies new to the cloud often cite security as a primary concern, but cloud veterans recognize there are other thorny challenges. Managing performance across heterogeneous platforms and controlling costs can trip up even experienced cloud users. Because fewer businesses question whether they should place corporate information in the public cloud, adoption is growing steadily. Now comes the hard work. There is a great deal of confusion about what the term cloud management means, and chaos reigns supreme. To manage cloud deployments effectively, IT departments need to understand how cloud systems management differs from traditional systems management, sift through a cornucopia of tools coming from a variety of suppliers and choose the right management platform. Public cloud has invaded the data center: 79% of enterprises have at least one public cloud service in production, while 35% have more than four, according to Torsten Volk, managing research director at market research firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). Cloud ...

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