Difference between active and passive cloud management
When it comes to cloud management there are two types of tooling that you can use to monitor the performance of your cloud environment: active and passive tools. What are the differences between active and passive cloud management and and what are the market trends?
Passive cloud management tools
Most cloud management tools are passive. They give you information about issues in the cluster of your cloud systems and may provide advice on which actions you can take to resolve these issues. But these passive tools do not implement solutions themselves. It will require an internal or external IT team to resolve any issues indicated by your passive cloud management tools.
Passive cloud management is based on the idea that solutions are often so complex that it is not possible to automatically implement these solutions. Another issue could be that a given solution is not the right strategy as it interferes with future changes and upgrades. Passive cloud management tools often provide information to direct human action to resolve issues.
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Active cloud management tools
However the current market seems to be moving more towards active cloud management tools as organisations want to automate the complexity of the cloud. A modern cloud structure may have for example three public clouds, hundreds of different databases, dozens of security models and fifty or more storage types. And the general trend will be that the complexity is going to increase in the future.
The resources to maintain these cloud systems are limited. We can only move forward if we automate more and use active cloud tools. We can divide the active cloud tools into the following categories.
Analytics based active cloud tools
Analytics based active tools are similar to passive based analytics tools but these tools take steps to implement temporary solutions or corrective measures. For example if the analytics based active cloud tool detects network errors from a certain router it can re-direct traffic around the defective router to minimise disruption to your cloud based IT network.
Event based active cloud tools
Event based active cloud tools can record simple events in the same way that event based passive tools do but have the capability to perform active corrective actions. These corrective actions are usually simple issues which can be solved by obvious but highly effective solutions. This concerns the majority of system issues that CloudOps developers experience every day.
Self correcting or self repairing tools cloud tools
Self correcting or self repairing cloud tools are both analytics and event based. Corrective cloud tools are part of all active tools that perform corrective actions should an issue arise. It is very likely that this category of tools will become more important in the future as it takes a lot of time for your IT team to come up with solutions if there is an issue in your cloud environment.
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