Definitive Guide to Cloud Portfolio Management


With the proliferation of cloud services available to the enterprise comes a new approach for central IT to maintain its control, while enabling the unique requirements of the developers and business units it caters to — This new imperative is Cloud Portfolio Management.



As cloud computing has rapidly matured, CIOs are now looking to offer centralized hybrid cloud services — incorporating multiple public and private cloud options — to developers and business units throughout the organization.

This diverse set of requirements is driving IT to provide a portfolio of cloud options that serve the needs of the entire enterprise. IT teams are looking for efficient ways to manage, govern, and optimize heterogeneous cloud environments that span public clouds and private clouds as well as virtualized environments. To deliver on this new cloud imperative, CIOs across industries are moving rapidly to re-examine and re-design their entire approach to delivering IT services.

Why Build a Cloud Portfolio?

By offering a portfolio of cloud services, the enterprise can access a virtually infinite pool of resources to increase innovation and grow top-line revenue. At the same time, CIOs need to ensure that they have the appropriate governance controls in place to minimize risk to the organization as more applications shift to cloud environments. IT organizations need solutions to:

• Streamline the management of multiple cloud resource pools, both public and private.
• Avoid lock-in to a particular cloud vendor.
• Gain visibility and governance of cloud usage across the enterprise.
• Maintain the security and reliability of critical systems in the cloud.
• Measure cloud resource consumption and enforce budgets.
• Prevent waste and optimize spend levels.
• Ensure that applications and data are in compliance with both internal policies and regulations.

Cloud Portfolio Management makes it possible for enterprises to manage applications across their portfolio of clouds and seamlessly move applications between clouds as circumstances change. With Cloud Portfolio Management your enterprise can provide self-service IT, maintain control over cloud usage, and manage cloud costs.

In this Guide:

1 Intro/Overview
• The Cloud Imperative
• Why Build a Cloud Portfolio?
• Why Cloud Portfolio Management (CPM)?

2 Eight Reasons to Build a Cloud Portfolio

3 The Fundamentals of Managing a Cloud Portfolio
• Cloud Choice
• Portability

4 Six Key Requirements for Cloud Portfolio Management
• Abstracting Multiple Clouds
• Delivering Self-Service
• Ensuring Governance and Controls
• Automating Lifecycle Management
• Delivering Application SLAs
• Managing/Optimizing Costs

5 CPM Architecture
• Integrating with Existing Technology and Processes
• On-Demand

6 Cloud Success with CPM

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RightScale® Cloud Portfolio Management enables enterprises to accelerate delivery of applications that engage customers and drive top-line revenue while optimizing cloud usage to reduce risk and costs. With RightScale, IT organizations can deliver instant access to a portfolio of public, private, and hybrid cloud services across business units and development teams while maintaining enterprise control.