Increasingly complex clouds in the enterprise should be managed with IT automation rather than native interfaces, says an expert.

David Linthicum of infoworld.com says that as enterprises expand their cloud-based infrastructure, they usually end up with a variety of deployments.

“This typically means a few types of private clouds, a few types of public clouds, and perhaps other development and configuration management system,” explains Linthicum.

“As a result, these complex, multicloud deployments are now more the rule than the exception,” he added.

Indeed, v3.co.uk recently reported that businesses are rapidly adopting the technology across almost all sectors.

Linthicum says that managing these resources using native cloud interfaces can quickly become operationally ineffective.

“There are too many moving parts to consider, and people must manage the complications without the advantage of automation — a no-win situation,” Linthicum says.

Cloud management platforms (CMP), on the other hand, allow enterprises to place an abstraction layer between administrators and the dizzying number of interfaces.

Processes can be automated via ‘policy-based approaches’ and a unified platform allows businesses to create and manage ‘heterogeneous information systems’, claims the tech author.

“The ability of the CMP approach to place these resources behind a single pane of glass allows you to place complexity into a single domain with good automation and good controls,” he concludes.