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Cloud operations management

(also CloudOps, Cloud operations)

Cloud operations management definition

Cloud operations management is a set of practices and technologies for managing cloud infrastructure so it runs smoothly, stays secure, doesn't cost too much, and is always available when you need it.

See also: hybrid cloud management, data breach, data breach prevention

Risks associated with cloud operations management

  • Security. Misconfigured security settings, weak access controls, and inadequate encryption can lead to data leaks or unauthorized access.
  • Data loss. Storing data in the cloud exposes it to the risk of data loss due to various factors, including hardware failures, accidental deletions, and cyberattacks.
  • Downtime and outages. Cloud service providers can experience downtime or outages, affecting the availability of your applications and data. While reputable providers strive for high availability, no service is immune to disruptions.
  • Data transfer costs. Moving large volumes of data in and out of the cloud can result in unexpected data transfer costs.
  • Vendor lock-in. Relying heavily on a single cloud provider can lead to vendor lock-in, making switching to another cloud environment difficult.
  • Lack of control. With cloud services, you have less control over the underlying infrastructure. This can be a disadvantage if you require granular control over hardware and networking components.
  • Cost overruns. Without proper cost management, cloud usage costs spiral out of control.
  • Complexity. Managing cloud operations requires specialized skills and tools.
  • Dependency on connectivity. Cloud operations rely on a stable internet connection. Any disruptions impact access to cloud resources.
  • Inadequate disaster recovery. Relying solely on cloud providers for disaster recovery solutions does not cover all disaster scenarios.