Cloud management platforms have emerged with the adoption of hyperscale computing technology and cloud providers. The main idea of the multi-cloud management platforms is to consolidate infrastructure information and to simplify control for users that feel overwhelmed with endless possibilities and configuration settings in different platforms and need a tool that crystalizes important data.
What drives the demand for cloud management platforms? Surveys show that cloud consumers consistently struggle with cost optimization for multi-cloud environments, the priority is compliance with the security requirements across the clouds, and finally IT departments are looking to automate the workflows. With hybrid cloud model as the new market standard, hybrid cloud management platforms are entering the mainstream phase and soon are said to become an essential part of most corporate software stacks. Maestro management tool helps to solve this problem, because it can be connected to several cloud platforms at once and manage them from a single unified interface.
Solution for everyone
Besides the core administration capabilities, Maestro enables employees to work with cloud resources in self-service mode while allowing IT managers to stay in full control of the resources and secure access to them. Maestro provides a versatile interface that accommodates all possible roles which means employees may work from various locations, have a different level of cloud skills and specific goals for accessing virtual resources.
Maestro has three core modules: billing, inventory, and automation. Out of the box integrations include Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, OpenStack, and VMware. The orchestrator is available in desktop and mobile versions, as well as Android and iOS apps. The interface is simple and takes just two hours to master.
Maestro connects to all company cloud resources and manages them through a single window with the use of a single set of tools and provides several benefits.
Simple virtual machine management - In most platforms, virtual resources get IDs that are difficult to read and remember. Maestro offers tags to simplify and facilitate resource management.
Protecting resources from accidental changes - When employees work in the same account or cloud region, someone’s resource may be changed or even deleted by mistake. To prevent this from happening, Maestro protects the user’s virtual resources from unexpected initiatives of colleagues.
Metrics, logs, and event audit - Maestro’s Management page collects detailed data on virtual machine actions and status metrics. A manager can check the latest operations or display the entire VM change log since its creation at any moment.
Virtual machine schedules - Keeping virtual machines running costs a lot of money. Therefore, one of the major rules of cloud cost optimization is to instantly disable and suspend idle resources. If a machine is only used at certain hours, you can use Maestro’s Schedule function to set the resource’s activation and deactivation mode and limit its lifetime in advance when creating a resource.
Proactive reporting - Maestro features not only monitoring and remediation tools but also proactive alerts and analysis-based recommendations. The built-in notification system offers over 25 types of notification content. Maestro also takes proactive approach to the infrastructure reliability with the ready to use integrations with such popular vulnerability scanning tools as Nessus and Qualys.
How does Maestro work?
When Maestro is connected, it consolidates the cloud resources and starts collecting billing information in the unified format. IT takes full control of the multiple subscriptions, accounts, cloud regions, and current costs all in one place. Transparency for cloud infrastructure is the starting point, as when you know who does what your clouds, you can mitigate risks and eliminate hidden losses.
Much of the routine operations can be automated and packaged for self-service so that employees can provision for their tasks from the Maestro portal. Self-service and automation are the way to alleviate part of the repetitive tasks from IT and efficiently distribute them with the support of such a professional tool as Maestro. Both IT and employees get significant benefits of time and quality of work they accomplish.
Softline makes Maestro available to all businesses going into clouds. Process automation, employee self-service, audit transparency and simplicity, security, reliable reporting, and cost substantiation will come in handy for all cloud consumers. If you are interested in Maestro as your future cloud management platform contact us for further details. We also provide you demo to see all the main features and benefits of Maestro.
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