Cloud automation and orchestration have become critical components of the hybrid and multi-cloud IT infrastructure for modern-day enterprises. As such, the cloud’s automation and orchestration help to reduce manual, repetitive tasks and minimize human error.

WHAT IS CLOUD AUTOMATION?

Cloud automation is a combination of tools and processes organizations use to replace human labor. Organizations do this by using automated routines of particular tasks in a cloud environment. Essentially, cloud automation lets developers avoid manual and repetitive tasks.

Similarly, taking this approach usually helps make the cloud more transparent and reliable. Cloud automation is a key DevOps methodology. It enables scalability and fast deployment of cloud resources for continuous integration and delivery.

COMMON CLOUD AUTOMATION TASKS

Establishing IaC (Infrastructure as Code)

IaC refers to the process of provisioning and managing the technology stack using code and software rather than by the configuration of individual items. As a result, users can execute automated codified processes to achieve the hardware configuration they desire without manually setting it up.

Data Backups

Cloud automation allows IT admins to configure automatic data backups during off-hours. As a result, organizations don’t have to worry about losing their cloud data.

Detecting and Resolving Zombie Cloud Architecture

Zombie cloud infrastructure happens when an organization loses track of cloud deployment instances. Underused cloud assets that organizations have forgotten but still generate a monthly bill can be costly. Cloud automation helps detect zombie IT infrastructure.

Provides Workflow Version Control

Many enterprises have to comply with a plethora of industry and security requirements when handling user data. Cloud automation can help set up version control for workflows where they use user data.

Workload Management

Cloud automation keeps track of processes and allocates resources more efficiently.

WHAT IS CLOUD ORCHESTRATION?

Cloud automation and orchestration go hand in hand. However, they have some differences. Cloud orchestration is a plan that enables organizations to control multiple workloads simultaneously across clouds. IT admins are able to create an environment that is automated. They can also coordinate functions, security, teams, compliance activities, and cloud services.

In short, orchestration is all about the automation of multiple tasks. It’s not about automating a single task but an entire IT-driven process. Orchestration is the automation of a series of cloud automations.

COMMON CLOUD ORCHESTRATION TASKS

Automation of Multiple Tasks

Organizations can automate multiple tasks, including the coordination, arrangement, and management of cloud services and systems. They become a single workload, so organizations can execute a larger workforce.

Optimizes Coding and Prevents Errors

Managing automated tasks in a certain order within a workflow helps prevent errors and optimize coding.

Management of Networks and Connection of Heterogenous Systems

Cloud automation streamlines the cloud (both private and public) hosted in different geographical locations.

An example of cloud orchestration is Amazon adjusting its privacy policy across different regions according to a location-dependent protocol. The system recognizes a user’s location and changes the policy based on this information.

Cloud automation and orchestration are key elements of productive cloud computing workflows. Cloud automation handles routine tasks and reduces human errors. Cloud orchestration creates a system out of several automation processes.

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