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A cloud management platform enables enterprises to monitor the lifecycle of all cloud-based resources and services. It provides complete visibility into each environment the enterprise is running – public hybrid, private or hybrid and keeps track of them to ensure they’re using them effectively. It also allows for the automation of cloud management tasks to increase utilization of resources.

The most effective cloud management platform has many tools to help you simplify cloud deployment as well as monitoring and optimization procedures and also cost management. Here are the most important features to consider:

Integration – It should be simple to integrate into your existing IT configuration software and DevOps systems. It should also support discovery of all your cloud assets, application of tags for effective resource management and provisioning/de-provisioning of cloud resources. It should also have a cloud-migration tool that allows you to move workloads from one platform to another.

Cost Management – It will provide you with a precise view of your cloud usage with interactive cost analytics dashboards, and comprehensive recommendations to help reduce your overall cloud expenses. It should also include capacity planning tools and forecasting tools to assist you with budgeting.

CMPs are designed to fit specific environments and have a distinct design philosophy. It’s hard to find a one-size-fits-all cloud management software, so it’s important that you analyze your own strategy and choose the CMP that aligns with it.