Cloud Operations Management

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What Does Cloud Operations Management Mean?

Cloud operations, also called cloud operations management or CloudOps, is the oversight of cloud services that an organization's employees use. Management tasks include the oversight of virtual machines (VMs) and containers as well as the delivery and use of virtual private networks (VPNs, cloud-based databases and identity and access management (IAM) technology.


Cloud Operations Engineers work with staff to plan and implement cloud-based services that support business initiatives in a secure, cost-effective manner. To manage cloud operations, the ideal job candidate should have working knowledge of Alibaba, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Techopedia Explains Cloud Operations Management

Cloud operations management is involved in every step of the daily processes in a cloud environment for both the service provider and the tenant. Different approaches may apply, but the concept and general practices remain the same; one of these is resource capacity planning which is required for service providers and tenants alike.

Analytics is heavily involved in cloud operations management and it is used to maximize visibility of the cloud environment which gives the organization the intelligence required to control the resources and running services confidently and cost-effectively.


  • Improve efficiency and minimize the risk of disruption
  • Deliver the speed and quality that users expect and demand
  • Reduce the cost of delivering cloud services and justify your investments

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