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Cloud Management Portals: Cloud Visibility and Control in a Self-Service World

Cloud Management Portals: Cloud Visibility and Control in a Self-Service World

In this report, we discuss the functions that are most needed in a strong cloud portal, as well as what’s on the horizon to be included in future cloud portals. We also examine a selection of leading cloud providers, comparing and contrasting their current capabilities and anticipated enhancements.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction1
  • Portal Functionality: The Basics
    • Environment Visibility
    • Environmental Control
  • Portal Functionality: Enhancing Usability
    • User Customization
    • "Smart" Analytics
    • Policy-Based Automation
    • Mobile Integration
    • Open Source Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
  • Cloud Management Portal Differentiators
  • A Comparison of Cloud Portal Functionality
    • AWS
    • Cloudnexa
    • CenturyLink
    • Google
    • Verizon
    • Windstream
  • The Last Word

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