A: Organizations typically use cloud orchestration tools to perform the following functions:
- Provisioning, deploying, and starting servers
- Acquiring and assigning storage capacity
- Managing networking
- Creating VMs
- Accessing specific software on cloud services
What’s the Difference Between Cloud Orchestration and Cloud Automation Tools?
It’s easy to confuse automation and orchestration. Cloud automation is simply a subset of orchestration. This means orchestration provides coordination between automated tasks. Automation tools focus on making one task repeatable with minimal intervention. Orchestration tools, on the other hand, coordinate these automated tasks.
Benefits of Using Cloud Orchestration Tools
Here are some of the benefits of using cloud orchestration tools in your organization:
- They help speed up the delivery of services and reduce operating costs.
- They automate management, organization, and coordination of complex systems, services, and middleware.
- They reduce the need for personnel involvement and, therefore, reduce human errors during provisioning, scaling, and other cloud processes.
- They enable organizations to implement self-service for their customers and end-users.
- They provide control over and visibility into cloud resources. This empowers organizations to prevent cloud sprawl.
- They provide IT with a single pane of glass to manage multiple clouds.
- They simplify communication and connections between workloads, apps, and users.
DevOps teams can use cloud automation tools in various ways to suit their organizations’ methodologies and processes.