Building a house, an office building, a bridge, or even a monument requires a solid foundation. Otherwise, the structure will crumble under pressure. Foundations for deploying and managing infrastructure must also be strong, and the good ones tend to be hardly noticeable.
Foundational strength allows for the stability of very intricate architecture. These designs typically include complex combinations of materials such as glass, stone, tile, plaster, steel, cement, composite, just about anything, not to mention that there’s also electrical power, water, and heating and cooling systems to consider. Likewise, an IT provisioning foundation supports application delivery architectures that have become extremely complex with hybrid and cloud-native approaches that weave together storage, legacy apps, modern microservices, and serverless computing on-demand.
Although architectural designs vary greatly from one building to the next—or one complex application architecture to the next—the foundations are relatively identical. They have certain characteristics that are universal in terms of the strength of materials and their depth to support the resulting structures. These universal characteristics are what make or break a suitable solution to support whatever range of design complexity that might be built on top of the foundation.
In the process of building orchestrated and provisioned IT resources that run to support mission-critical applications and services in complex solution architectures, the foundation to support them must include characteristics that make them “solid.” The result is that a solid foundation for IT provisioning will help digital business connect complex communication processes through the Internet of things (IoT) devices, people, systems, and information. Investing in a solid foundation undoubtedly supports the carefully architected infrastructure that runs applications and services that integrate with private data centers, public clouds, and any number of endpoints having digital connectivity to advance any digital business objective.
Top 3 Characteristics of a Solid Foundation for IT Provisioning and Cloud Control
Introducing multiple entry points to build the foundation of an IT provisioning process could expose unnecessary risk. An uncontrolled, poorly-managed environment could negatively impact the provisioned infrastructure with weaker standards that make the final architecture less stable and prone to security threats and less optimized resources.
Alternatively, a central platform for an IT provisioning process keeps everything orderly instead of having to navigate multiple disparate connections and user interfaces. A single, predictable, and secure process for building the infrastructure to run applications and services makes the foundation strong.
A loosely managed set or resources available to multiple teams who access them directly from the providers’ sources could lead to runaway spending where the process of controlling the expenses might not be consistent across the organization or enforced in some cases. Developers who might have experienced a long provisioning process in the past will tend to hoard resources they get and leave them running. This might provide short-term gains for that particular team so they are ready for their own purposes but it’s not the ideal, cost-effective strategy for the organization in the long run.
Cost controls at the foundation will limit the size of infrastructure to more closely match what’s needed for the end users. Specific cost savings measures for scheduling when resources are on and when they need to be decommissioned will help to control overspending when resources are not needed, especially when the infrastructure usage is metered and billed from a public cloud provider resource.
Considering today’s rapidly changing digital environments and offerings for private and public cloud resources, we can build just about any application and service delivery platform. We can build environments from scratch using a multitude of vendor sources, open-source, or homemade infrastructure as code approaches. Most open source technologies also have a vendor distribution to provide additional support. The extensible platforms that support this complexity will be more viable than a static solution requiring special code or features to gain access to new and existing resources.
A solid cloud control platform will have extensibility to future and legacy technology so that the resulting provisioned infrastructure can be traced back to central control on one platform. A key element of today’s extensible platform is the ability to connect to APIs from any environment to include the technology in any upstream or downstream process. For example, our enterprise customers often use ServiceNow for the system of record for all infrastructure and maintain it in a configuration management database (CMDB). The central platform must be able to update that record in the IT provisioning process.
CloudBolt Provides a Solid Foundation
Luckily, CloudBolt provides these all three of these elements for a solid IT provisioning process and more.