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Four Gaps in Amazon Web Services

AWS is an excellent public cloud infrastructure but it's not perfect

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides an excellent public cloud pay-per-use infrastructure, but here are some gaps identified by Convirture, a supplier of management software for AWS, plus other virtualization and cloud platforms.

1- Inability to centrally manage all AWS accounts in one place. It’s not possible to configure networking resources such as elastic IP addresses, security groups, key management, block storage volumes and snapshots, from a single management console.

2- Lack of granularity in controlling user access so that it’s possible to apply the same access control approach used internally to your AWS infrastructure in the cloud. Wouldn’t it be nice to control which AWS resources your business customers can access, and which operations they can perform? This is essential when multiple business customers are managing the AWS infrastructure (as many have learned).

3- Inability to define and enforce quota limits for better control over cost and usage. There is no way to limit the compute, storage, network resources, regions, availability zones, instance types and templates that your business customers can access, ensuring that they do not go above the allocated quota. Shouldn’t each business customer you designate be able to manage their virtual machines, templates, networks, and quota? From this console they could continuously monitor their resource usage, including quota used versus allocated, Virtual Machines consuming high resources, and information about key pairs, security groups, and Public IPs.

4- No centralized view of data center and cloud resources. Amazon Web Services adds another silo that is not integrated with the data center, so there is no holistic view of computing resources and ability to control those from a central point. Furthermore, it’ impossible to apply a standardized set of infrastructure management tools and capabilities across virtualization and cloud technologies without normalizing functionality across platforms up to a “highest common denominator”.

It will come as no surprise that Convirture says it has addressed every one of these with its ConVirt management software. The company has a webinar where you can learn more about its capabilities in enhancing Amazon Web Services.

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