Hybrid Cloud Automation

Hybrid cloud automation introduces complexity to any enterprise. Managing internal and external clouds often creates the need for architects to juggle the control and management of millions of pieces of data from several different lines of business. The complexity of managing hybrid cloud is compounded by the attempts architects often make to take full advantage of their hybrid environment. The solution to effectively manage hybrid cloud is to leverage hybrid cloud automation tools.

According to some estimates, cloud adoption is about 68 percent, which leads organizations to understand the significant value and potential ROI hybrid cloud can produce. Hybrid cloud also leads to increased cost efficiencies, business agility, productivity, and innovation. By the same estimates, however, only 31 percent of organizations are realizing the full benefits of hybrid cloud computing. This is in large part due to a misunderstanding around the value of hybrid cloud automation. It also helps align IT spend by freeing up resources and time and ideally is able to close the gap between IT spend and the needs of the business.

Self-Service IT For End-Users Through Hybrid Cloud Automation

Hybrid cloud automation empowers architects with automated standards for provisioning and managing application workloads. The trick is to leverage a solution with an accessible and easy-to-learn and user interface so that architects can quickly get started on automating common management tasks. This also enables enterprise IT departments to build, deploy and manage private and public clouds quickly and efficiently.

Another benefit of hybrid cloud automation is that it helps developers manage complex stacks of software by architecting solutions in a repeatable, compliant fashion through the automation of the deployment of storage, network and compute across multiple locations. This provides the end users with a consistent experience.

By increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of hybrid cloud architecture, automation enables developers to better handle complex applications that need to be deployed quickly and successfully. It also adds flexibility into the management process of an organization by providing administrators with set provisioning conditions for governance and empowering the end-users with the ability to manage and provision resources on-demand.

Architects often struggle with the painstaking process of deploying IT resources. Hybrid cloud automation facilitates this process while driving automated compliance policies via built-in features versus the manual process, which is prone to human error.

Finally, management software with effective hybrid cloud automation enables architects to better manage the configuration manager, IPAMs, CMDBs and orchestration frameworks, as well as the various network hardware, like load balancers. It also commonly includes plug-in architecture that allows users to create relevant plug-ins in the form of Python scripts, remote shell scripts, webhooks, email notifications, and support automation in many resource handlers including AWS, Azure, OpenStack, GCE and RHEV among others.

Hybrid Cloud Automation For Business Success

By leveraging the best management software, hybrid cloud automation can be delivered with less complexity. The end result is that the enterprise will reap the many benefits including increased cost savings, business agility that can lead to competitive advantage, productivity, and innovation.

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