Hybrid cloud initiatives help enterprises meet digital transformation objectives but can often introduce complexity that is unanticipated. Managing internal and external private and public cloud resources from multiple sources makes cloud architects juggle the control and management of applications and data from disparate sources across several lines of business. This complexity can be effectively managed by leveraging hybrid cloud automation.

Hybrid clouds have the promise of increased cost efficiencies, business agility, productivity and innovation. However, many organizations are not realizing the full benefits of hybrid clouds. This is in large part due to not taking advantage of the value of hybrid cloud automation, which can reduce IT spending for the time and resources required to implement solutions manually. Hybrid cloud automation optimizes processes to meet the needs of digital business objectives while simplifying the provisioning process for end users.  

Hybrid cloud automation empowers cloud architects to standardize and optimize processes for provisioning and managing application workloads. The trick is to leverage a solution that provides hybrid cloud automation with an accessible and easy-to-learn user interface. With this approach, architects can quickly get started on automating common management tasks. Hybrid cloud automation 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. They can automate the deployment of storage, network, and compute resources across multiple servers and clouds and provide end users with a consistent and compliant experience.

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

Effective hybrid cloud automation from a cloud management platform enables cloud architects to better manage their configuration management solutions, IPAMs, CMDBs, and orchestration frameworks, as well as critical networking elements like load balancers. Cloud management software with effective hybrid cloud automation also commonly includes an architecture that allows users to create relevant plugins using Python scripts, remote shell scripts, webhooks, email notifications, and can support automation for many resource handlers including AWS, Azure, OpenStack, GCE, RHEV, IBM Cloud, and Oracle Compute Cloud.

Hybrid cloud automation can be delivered with less complexity by leveraging a best-of-breed enterprise cloud management platform. The end result is that the enterprise will reap the many benefits of hybrid cloud computing including increased cost savings and business agility that can lead to a competitive advantage.

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