Cloud Management Portals: Cloud Visibility and Control in a Self-Service World

Jul 23, 2015, 11:12 ET from Research and Markets

DUBLIN, July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Cloud Management Portals: Cloud Visibility and Control in a Self-Service World" report to their offering.

In this report, we discuss the functions that are most needed in a strong cloud portal, as well as what's on the horizon to be included in future cloud portals. We also examine a selection of leading cloud providers, comparing and contrasting their current capabilities and anticipated enhancements.

Today, cloud service providers vary in the functionality that their cloud management portals offer. Some supply basic service visibility and management capabilities, while others provide enhanced services that increase the usefulness of the portal. At a minimum, all portals must provide customers with a measure of visibility into their cloud environments, as well as some basic control over the infrastructure and services that comprise the cloud environment. More advanced portals offer greater automation capabilities, as well as functionality that helps IT manage enterprise consumption.

Cloud management platforms, and the Web-based portals that allow users to interact with the platform, are the face of the cloud to the customer. As such, they provide much-functionality, from the ability to see, deploy, and manage cloud services in a manner that's most effective for the enterprise.

Enterprise users find two features necessary to any cloud management portal: visibility and control. Visibility offers the user the capacity to view all of the cloud resources subscribed to in one easy-to- read dashboard. IT can use visibility dashboards to ensure that resources are being adequately consumed and are not over-provisioned, and that everything is operating as it should. Control offers the ability to manipulate how cloud resources are configured, and to deploy new resources as business requirements demand.

Most cloud providers have moved beyond basic functionality and added enhanced features as a means of differentiating their management platforms.

Today, cloud service providers vary in the features and functionality that they offer within their cloud management platforms. In this analysis, this report examines the features and functionality of robust cloud management platforms, as well as the capabilities of a selection of cloud service providers.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction

3. Portal Functionality: The Basics

4. Portal Functionality: Enhancing Usability

5. Cloud Management Portal Differentiators

6. A Comparison of Cloud Portal Functionality

Companies Mentioned

- Amazon

- CentruyLink

- Cloudnexa

- Google

- Verizon

- Windstream

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