(Ping! Zine Issue 70) – Even though cloud systems are definitely no longer just a technology of the future, they have become so commonplace that you can hardly use Internet without stumbling onto a cloud solution that is convenient, affordable and simple to use. Even though there is a host of cloud solutions that come with corresponding smartphone apps, IT managers that need to manage their own cloud infrastructure and servers were usually required to do so from their offices, or over a VPN. Luckily for them, there is a service that may enable them to do just about anything that they need with their servers remotely, using their tablet or smartphone.
Tellago Studios, from Boca Raton, FL., started offering their Moesion service in 2011, with the hopes of addressing the mentioned issue. Seeing how most of the problems that IT managers can face with their servers are quite urgent and could easily evolve into full scale disasters if not handled in time, they realized the need for the manager to always be able to apply some quick fixes and ensure the stability of the system that they are maintaining.
Their service enables IT managers to do their work from iOS, Android or Windows Phone devices in a convenient interface. A client app is installed on the server you are managing and connects to your device through middleware. It allows you to easily run a check on your IT systems, manage different applications within the cloud, address different issues, and generally do everything that you need to do in order to ensure that everything is working as it should.
While at first they only focused on the Windows platform, which meant that they could do very little for cloud management, they expanded to include management of Amazon’s EC2 cloud and VMware virtual machines, which extended its usefulness as a server management interface into the cloud area.
On the server management side, you can use and publish your own scripts, use SQL Servers 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, apply hotfixes, retrieve operating system info, access and modify file systems, as well as create and update event logs. The service is capable of notifying you of any problems that may come around, and give you a way of fixing them. While this service is more focused on server than cloud management, it still seems to be something closest to the universal solution that is needed.
Security is always an issue with services of this kind, especially since it is granted access to your servers, so the provider has made sure that you are covered on all fronts. Apart from investing quite a bit of effort into their transport mechanisms, they have made sure to allow their users to specify authorization layers, both when it comes to particular users, and the devices that they are using to access the cloud. This means that you have complete control over what parts of your systems are accessible to whom, and can manage your one security with a decent amount of control.
Even though some of you might need to look for other solutions for your cloud management, as this service only covers some of the needs, it is an interesting attempt at trying to afford their users with a decent level of control over their cloud systems. Even though the size and means of input make mobile devices a slightly inconvenient solution for cloud management, providers of different cloud solutions are recognizing the need for mobility, and some of them are offering apps that you can use on your tablet or smartphone, so make sure to always check if your system is covered in this aspect, as it could make your
life much easier.
Samuel is Australian tech blogger and writer. Currently exploring and writing about everything related cloud computing. In this article he wrote about how to manage a cloud based system from smartphone, he try to give useful tips related to this topic.