Centralized Remote Administration (Erl, Naserpour)
How can diverse administrative tasks and controls be consolidated for central remote access by cloud consumers?
ProblemCloud consumers can end up having to manage a range of diverse cloud-based IT resources, each with distinct administrative functions. The disparity in user-interfaces and reporting features can make remote administration burdensome and prone to human error.
SolutionThe cloud provider can consolidate diverse management features for different IT resources into a single, custom portal that standardizes administrative controls as well as providing cross-IT resource reporting features.
ApplicationA usage and administration portal is developed by the cloud provider to interface with systems and APIs offered by back-end products, IT resources and mechanisms, and to further support different levels of access based on pre-assigned permissions.
MechanismsAudit Monitor, Billing Management System, Cloud Usage Monitor, Logical Network Perimeter, Multi-Device Broker, Pay-Per-Use Monitor, Remote Administration System, Resource Management System, SLA Monitor
Compound PatternsBurst In, Burst Out to Private Cloud, Burst Out to Public Cloud, Elastic Environment, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Multitenant Environment, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Private Cloud, Public Cloud, Resilient Environment, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
Cloud Consumer A leases an IaaS platform from a cloud provider (1) with the intention of offering its own PaaS platform to other cloud consumers (thereby assuming the role of a cloud provider). After the new PaaS platform is made available by Cloud Consumer A, Cloud Consumers B and C lease instances of the platform (2). Cloud Consumer A (acting as a cloud provider) needs a means of offering management features and usage tracking and reporting of the various IT resources that are available via the PaaS platform, while ensuring that each cloud consumer is granted an appropriate level of control.
Cloud Consumers B and C can access and manage their provisioned IT resources using the usage and administration portal.
NIST Reference Architecture Mapping
This pattern relates to the highlighted parts of the NIST reference architecture, as follows: